Honorable Mention

by Amy L. Silva Rigtrup

This week on The Silva Lining I was honored - literally - to have my grandfather, Hon. Milton R. Silva as my guest. Amazingly sharp as he approaches his 92nd birthday, Papa shared stories about his childhood, the changes he's witnessed in the funeral business and thoughts about his incredibly full life.

He had a very early start in the funeral business - back when embalming, wakes and services were all held in the family home. A World War II Veteran of the U.S. Army, with the 120th Evactuation Unit, he was among the first to discover the horrors of the Nazi concentration camp, Buchenwald. Upon returning home, many elements of the funeral business triggered horrible memories and feelings, so he aspired towards a career in law while maintaining the funeral home and raising a large family of 5 children. 

Papa went on to become a successful lawyer, police commissioner, Massachusetts House Representative and a Fall River District Court Judge known by many as "Not Guilty Milty". Throughout all of his achievements, he was a devoted husband, incredible father, doting grandfather (and great grandfather) and found the time to harness his musical talents as a saxophone/clarinet player in many bands. 

I invite you to listen to the podcast, as there is nobody better than Papa himself at telling his stories.

I may be slightly biased here, but I immensely admire my grandfather and feel so fortunate to have him in my life. There aren't many judges out there that are loved by so many people - I've even met people that have received the rare "guilty" verdict and STILL love and respect him. It all comes as a product of his humble, honest, humorous and noble character. 

Papa, for everyone that has ever known you, the honor is ours.

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