Alvaro da Silva, 77, passed away Thursday October 5 at his home in Vallejo.
Al was born in the Azores Islands of Portugal. He moved to San Francisco in 1958 at the age of 18 to go to school. He graduated from the University of San Francisco, worked for the Portuguese Consulate where he made many lifelong friends, met his wife, and started his family. After becoming the Director of Economic Development of Vallejo in the 1980ʻs, he moved to Vallejo. He was dedicated to his work for Vallejo for 23 years and was proud of the city’s growth in that time.
During his tenure with the city of Vallejo, he was instrumental in working with the team that brought Marine World, Ferry Services, Vallejo’s Farmers Market, Touro University, Costco, Meyer Corporation and many other businesses that had a big impact on the economic development and future of Vallejo. He also directed the transfer of Mare Island from the Navy to the City of Vallejo. He strongly believed in the growth and the improvements to make the City of Vallejo a better place to live. At the age of 73, he wanted to continue to learn and grow and began working for Google, where he met and made a new set of friends. Everywhere he went, he made friends and became mentor, advisor, friend, and confidante.
He served on boards of several organizations including Sutter Solano Hospital, Habitat for Humanity, Fighting Back and Friends of the San Pablo Bay. He was an active member of the S.C.D.E.S Portuguese club and volunteered for years for the Boy Scouts of America. Always the environmentalist, one of his most notable volunteer team efforts with friends was the development of the geothermal electricity plant back home on the island of São Miguel. It now produces a significant portion of the electricity for the island.
Al was an avid soccer fan (Viva Sporting!) and volunteered as a coach and referee for many years.
Above all of his achievements, he was an amazing, dedicated and beloved husband, father, grandfather, and uncle. Survivors include his wife of 52 Years, Babe of Vallejo; daughter, Elena Makani; son, Alvaro (Gabby Velasco), sisters, Ana Maria and Luisa Maria, brother, Eduardo (Judy), his beloved grandchild, Sedona Kāhea and numerous nieces and nephews living in the Azores Islands, California, New York and Hawaii.
Catholic Memorial Service will be held 11 AM Friday, November 3 at Twin Chapels Mortuary, 1100 Tennessee St., and Vallejo. Inurnment will be private.
Contributions can be made to the American Heart Association in his name at https://donatenow.heart.org/?ploc=88418 or by mail to: American Heart Association/ American Stroke Association PO Box 742030 Los Angeles, CA 90074-2030
Arrangements entrusted to the direction and care of Twin Chapels Mortuary, Vallejo (707) 552-6696. www.TwinChapelsMortuary.com