ForeverMissed
This site is dedicated to post pictures, stories, memories, and videos of my father, Chris Silvey. I am his daughter, Leslie, and I want to create a short documentary of my father for his memorial service. Any and all contributions are greatly appreciated. If you have trouble uploading any videos or pictures, please contact me at 310/562-8304.

You should be able to make as long as you like videos on your phone and upload them to this site.

Thank you from the bottom of my heart for loving my father.
Posted by Russell Cammell on April 5, 2021
I am disappointed you left early Chris when I thought you had so many years left. We have learned so many interesting things of your life since your passing; and its in regret I didn't ask more about you earlier . I have ridden many fun bike rides with you thru the years, and yes we had a recent difference but am so glad that went away quickly, so we continued on very good terms and cycled more. We have both ridden in California Triple Crown double Century rides. You 26 of them. Impressive!  God Bless You
Posted by Keith Knowles on April 4, 2021
Chris was a true friend to all that he knew and will be missed. May the Lord's Peace be with the family at this time.
Posted by Roger Hardy on April 3, 2021
So sorry we didn't get to say goodbye. Chris was a good man and a great ride leader. Kathy and I will miss him. 
Posted by Roger Uminski on March 26, 2021
Chris volunteered with the Redlands Bicycle Classic for many years. He was on the team I lead to assist the officials score the riders. I always enjoyed talking to him about his experience in the Marine Corps, bike rides and his VW GTI. He was a colorful character and always kept us entertained while we waited for the riders to come by.
Posted by Gary D'Orazio on March 26, 2021
An amazing man in every way...full of life, great laugh, generous, friendly, family oriented ...very special person .....blessings to the family....
Posted by Corky Fuentes on March 23, 2021
Chris and I were first cousins and my memory of him was that he was always very considerate and kind. Wish I could have spent more time with him.

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Posted by Russell Cammell on April 5, 2021
I am disappointed you left early Chris when I thought you had so many years left. We have learned so many interesting things of your life since your passing; and its in regret I didn't ask more about you earlier . I have ridden many fun bike rides with you thru the years, and yes we had a recent difference but am so glad that went away quickly, so we continued on very good terms and cycled more. We have both ridden in California Triple Crown double Century rides. You 26 of them. Impressive!  God Bless You
Posted by Keith Knowles on April 4, 2021
Chris was a true friend to all that he knew and will be missed. May the Lord's Peace be with the family at this time.
Posted by Roger Hardy on April 3, 2021
So sorry we didn't get to say goodbye. Chris was a good man and a great ride leader. Kathy and I will miss him. 
his Life

My Dad

Chris Silvey was born on July 26, 1942 in Hayward California to Alice and Lester Silvey. He grew up in Hayward and attended All Saints Elementary and Middle School and then Hayward High School where he was president of the Future Farmers of America (FFA). With the FFA he raised and sold his own cattle. Chris also loved tinkering with cars and grew up with the dream of becoming an automotive mechanic. When he graduated from high school, he enlisted in the Marines and spent his service as a morse code translator in Turkey. He listened to morse code to find Russian Submarines. After his time in Turkey, he served the remainder of his time in the Marines in East Germany.
     After his service in the Marines, Chris became an apprentice to learn how to be an automotive mechanic and entered the Automotive Mechanics Union upon graduation. He spent most of his professional career with Lucky's Grocery Stores working for the Lucky's Distribution Plant in Vacaville, California.
     He met his wife, Jackie, through mutual high school friends and married her on November 21, 1964 in Reno, Nevada. They were married for over 56 years. Chris and Jackie have a daughter, Leslie, and a son, Jeffrey. He is the grandfather of Sophia Catherine and Piper.  Chris spent his life as an advocate for children with autism due to his Sophia being diagnosed with the disorder at age 2 and a half.
     Upon retirement, Chris began studying the sport of golf and began training as a cyclist. He rode many 100 and 50 mile rides throughout his later years. Chris took both sports seriously studying and practicing both with great spirit and determination. During his retirement, Chris became a tutor for the Adult Literacy Program helping many adults learn to read and write proficiently. He also spent numerous hours in his daughter's elementary school classes helping struggling students to read. His favorite past time besides cycling and golf was to read to his daughter's students. He loved the interaction and crazy questions the students would come up with as he was reading to them. However, his utmost favorite pastime was giving bedspread burrito roles to his granddaughter.
     Chris was also very spiritual and spent time as a Catholic, Lutheran, and Presbyterian. He continued his search for spiritual wisdom at the Moreno Valley Episcopal Church. He may not have committed to a specific religion, but he never lost his faith in God. Chris loved being a part of his bike club, The Redlands Water Bottle Transit Company and considered the members as his second family.
     Chris Silvey's life will be celebrated with a live zoom telecast of his burial at the Riverside National Cemetery at 9:30am on Monday, April 5th. The burial is for the immediate family. However, everyone is welcome to attend his memorial service at Miller Jones Morturary Chapel in Moreno Valley at 11:30am. Due to Covid-19, the service will be live streamed on zoom for anyone who would like to participate from home. The live stream zoom service will allow family and friends to speak about Chris if they wish to do so. His daughter is working on a short film about Chris for the memorial and would like to hear from anyone and everyone who has pictures and stories about him. You can download your pictures and videos here on this site.
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Cycling Friendship

Shared by Keith Knowles on April 4, 2021
I moved to Redlands and joined the Redlands Water Bottle Club and met Chris on my second group ride. He was always was a great friend and happy to see me when I rode with the club on Tuesday and Thursdays mornings. My work schedule changed and didn't ride with the club or Chris for months. I was riding alone in Riverside and saw a group ahead and worked hard to get up with the group by Riverside University in Riverside. When Chris saw me he said, I haven't seen you for a long time, it's good to have you riding with us. We started climbing and Chris was climbing strong and I was slow, out of shape! We stopped at the Chevron gas station at the corner of Alessandro Blvd and Sycamore Canyon Blvd. I told Chris your climbing strong and ask him, do you have a motor in your bike. Chris laughed and said yes it a e-bike! Always a great time and friendship riding with Chris.