Joseph R. DeSilva Jr., 76

SANFORD — Joseph Ralph DeSilva Jr., 76, passed away Saturday, Feb. 16, 2019, at the Maine Medical Center with his family by his side.

He was born in Biddeford on March 30, 1942, the son of Joseph and Doris Hodgdon DeSilva Sr. Joe attended Saco schools and worked as a mason’s tender for Wiley’s Construction for many years. He also previously worked for Blue Rock and the Friendship Motel.

Joe loved music, traveling to Florida, the beach, but he especially loved spending time with family.

He was predeceased by his father; a brother, Bobby DeSilva; and sister, Nancy Thompson.

Joe is survived by his wife, Helena Valley DeSilva of Sanford; mother, Doris DeSilva of Saco; sons, Peter Forbes of Saco and David Forbes of Saco; a daughter, Brenda Vail of Bridgton; brothers, Ronnie DeSilva and David DeSilva; sisters, Joyce Valley and Betty Rowe; four grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.

A Celebration of Life will be held Saturday, Feb. 23, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Willett Brook Club House, 234 South High Street, Bridgton. Dennett, Craig & Pate Funeral Home, 365 Main Street, Saco has been entrusted with his arrangements.

Memorial donations may be made in his honor to the American Legion Post 26, 508 Elm Street, Biddeford, ME 04005.

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