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Rayél Owen Da Silva
  • 14 years old
  • Date of birth: Mar 4, 1999
  • Place of birth:
    Cape Town, St Monica's Maternity Home, South Africa
  • Date of passing: Jul 17, 2013
  • Place of passing:
    Cape Town, Grassy Park, South Africa
Let the memory of Rayél be with us forever

This memorial website was created in memory of our loved one, Rayél Da Silva, 14, born on March 4, 1999 and passed away on July 17, 2013. We will remember him forever.

Memorial Tributes
This tribute was added by Laverne Schwimmbacher on 18th July 2017

"Bless you. My candles are lit while i send special thoughts your way"

This tribute was added by Marlyse Wood on 17th July 2017

"Sending, love, light to your Rayel..  we are always and will always remember you, your mom sends us reminders of your sweet soul my boy, be at peace, xoxo"

This tribute was added by Bronwyn Newman on 17th July 2017

"4 Years today, seems ridiculous to know you have been gone from us for 48 months. We miss you so much in the home it hurts daily. We love you dearly and hold your memories close to our hearts or hearts. Love Mom xxx"

This tribute was added by Keith Da Silva on 17th July 2017

"Be at peace forever Rayel, much love!"

This tribute was added by Bronwyn Newman on 14th March 2017

"You turned 18 this year. What a milestone you would have reached. I picture how you would have looked - tall,handsome,maybe a beard. I miss you everyday. The what if's linger. I miss your presence. Love always Mom"

This tribute was added by Bronwyn Newman on 17th July 2016

"3years have passed since you left us so suddenly and unexpectedly. 3 years of agonising pain and longing for your presence. Life has been hard and difficult without you. We miss you more and more as the years pass. RIP my darling boy. My GoldenBoy my Handsome Son. My First Born"

This tribute was added by Bronwyn Newman on 6th March 2016

"I told Dad would this home not be great with a 17year old? This year you would have gone for your learners, been driving most probably. This year you would be planning your choice of university or Tvet college for Your engineering choice. This year you would have been 17 and I miss you so much. This year you would have made this home full of laughter and crowds of friends. It is surreal my son. We spent Yor birthday visiting your grave site and camping on the beach. This year my son YOU turrned 17 Years Wow! Love you always and forever your proud mom xx"

This tribute was added by Imaad Fakier on 4th March 2016

"Dear Rayel,

I miss you everyday of my life. There has not been one day that you've not crossed my mind. I miss you dearly. You were my best friend. You and I had a bond like no other. I miss you brother. You would lighten up my day every time I felt down or not in the mood to talk. You had such a unique personality and aura. I miss you, I miss you oh so much.

Your Buddy Imaad"

This tribute was added by Robyn Matthews on 4th March 2016

"Today we remember you my sweet little boy. As we remember your birthday and the life you shared with us. Today you would have been 17 years old and even though you are not with us today, we think of you and send love for today and every day to come.
4 March 2016"

This tribute was added by Terence Matthews on 5th November 2015

"you are forever in my thoughts and i believe in the Resurrection so we will meet again."

This tribute was added by Lesley-Ann Belford on 5th November 2015

"As I sit at my desk I have tears in  my eyes.... A life gone too soon... I see my boy in your beautiful notes about Rayel. I fear what you have gone through... I wish you love and light always...."

This tribute was added by Laverne Schwimmbacher on 5th November 2015

"A life ended too soon :-

Oh young one
Why did it come to this?
What heart-wrenching cries
did you hide from us and from this world?
What demons tormented you in silence
and kept you from speaking out?
Were we to know what you never shouted out?

The cries that come from within now are for you
we did not know we failed you so
If only you had shared that silent part of you -
that inner voice we could not hear
and would have if we'd have had a choice.

Hearts broken as we miss your smiles and laughter,
Miss your being here with us -
Never again be able to hold you
and watch your steady growing.
If only your silent cries were louder to our ears
so we'd have been more knowing.

Forgive us will you child?
Failing you was not on our duty list.
Love sometimes blinds us to reality
and we lose a precious soul-
We cry now as we had no idea
that you felt anything less than whole.

Forever in our hearts you will be -
your memory, chiseled deep within.
May we feel you with the whisper of the wind,
the rustle of leaves or a falling feather,
a butterfly, a budding rose --
May your spirit surround us in our daily lives
and may you be at peace now and forever.

-----Dedicated to Bronwyn-----
in memory of her son Rayel……July 2015, By Laverne Schwimmbacher"

This tribute was added by Bronwyn Newman on 17th July 2015

"remembering our son and brother Rayel Owen on his 2 yr Angelversary you are always in our thoughts and forever in our hearts from daddy Troy, mom Bronwyn Sisters Trinity and Trista. Our GoldenBoy, 4Eva14 we miss you so much and love you eternally."

This tribute was added by Bronwyn Newman on 19th June 2015

"Forever Missed - Forever Loved - Forever Remembered you shall  be Son ...... Not a day goes by without you on my mind and in my heart."

This tribute was added by Bronwyn Newman on 4th March 2015

"Happy Angel Birthday my amazing son. I love and miss you more and more with every passing day. Miss You Forever, Love You Always Mom xx"

This tribute was added by Robyn Matthews on 4th March 2015

"Thinking of you not only today BUT everyday my beautiful child. We miss you everyday and my little girls talk about you and to you all the time. I hope you are looking down on all of us today and smiling down knowing that we all remembering you on this special day. Love you always and we will never forget you."

This tribute was added by Marlyse Wood on 22nd January 2015

"Lighting a candle for you Rayel... We miss you dearly..."

This tribute was added by Robert Tudares on 7th December 2014

"You haven't died, has just completed the shortest life cycle.

Now you're living in the paradise.

Rest in peace mate!..."

This tribute was added by Debbie Neighbor on 1st December 2014

"My condolences go out to the family and friends of Rayel.  From reading about him I know he is missed and was loved by many.  My heart was breaking for you and your family as I read of this, you had such a handsome lovely son--gone far too soon.  No matter what, it can truly be said that death is an enemy and soon it will be brought to nothing (1Cor. 15:26).  I have found much comfort in the Bible promise of a resurrection hope of our loved ones at John 5:28, 29 and hope you will too.  Another comforting scripture is Ps. 34:18 "Jehovah is close to the brokenhearted; He saves those who are crushed in spirit."  Pain, suffering and death were never a part of Gods original purpose, in fact he yearns to soon bring an end to it and the suffering it causes your family and friends.  Revelation 21:4 states: "And he will wipe out every tear from their eyes, and death will be no more, neither will mourning nor outcry nor pain be anymore. The former things have passed away."  I did not know Rayel, but I read his obituary and I hope these scriptures will help to bring some comfort knowing that others care.  If you would like to learn more about the Bibles promises and the hope it brings, please feel free to contact me."

This tribute was added by Jason Henderson on 5th November 2014

"I am so sorry to hear about this.  I have a daughter who is struggling with the same issues right now today.  I don't know what to do.  In and out of "hospitals".  So depressing to love someone so much but yet cannot help them."

This tribute was added by Bronwyn Newman on 5th November 2014

"RAYEL EULOGY from Godmother Robyn Matthews

“The golden moments in the stream of life rush past us and we see nothing but sand;
the angels come to visit us, and we only know them when they are gone.” (George Eliot)

I would like to begin by thanking everyone for being here today, we are touched that you are here to show your support to the family and pay your respects to Rayel.
My name is Robyn, 1st cousin to Bronwyn and God Mother to Rayel.
I stand up here with one wish and one purpose. My wish is for everyone to remember Rayel the way I do and my purpose is to share my memories of him so that we will never forget.
As a family we were always informed and involved in Rayel’s achievements, with every accomplishment his Mom always enveloped it with so much pride. She made us feel part of his life and for that we are not only Blessed but divinely favoured.

Rayel was born on the 4th of March 1999 at the St Monica’s Maternity Home in Cape Town.  He was brought into our world by his Mom Bronwyn Newman and his Dad Bradley Da Silva. Raised and loved dearly by his step Dad, Troy Newman together with his Grand Mothers ma Yvonne, ma Pam, ma Edith and ma Lucille. Rayel loved children and especially adored his sisters, Trinity, Trista, Jayden and brother Blaine.

I remember Rayel always had the highest regard for his older cousins and they were mentors to him in his life. He loved his cousins as much as he loved his own sisters and brother.

He always surrounded himself with good quality friends that were outgoing and a positive influence in his life. I remember some delightful days spent with Rayel and Bronwyn especially the memories I have of them when they stayed in our home for a short while. Rayel was like my own and I can still remember the way I used to comfort him as he fell asleep as a baby.

Rayel graduated from St. Anne’s school in 2012 where he was House Captain, Class Monitor and also in the General Knowledge Quiz Club. He joined the International School of Cape Town in January this year, after being selected from a large number of applicants for a full scholarship. These scholarships are awarded only to the most deserving candidates. He showed himself to be a student with great potential. In a relatively short time he began to deliver good work and first class results. Rayel fitted in very well with his peers and was also popular with other students in other grades. His cheerful, positive disposition and friendly attitude to all will be missed dearly by those who grew to know him at the school.

Rayel enjoyed many things including science, making his own music, hockey and especially baseball. He excelled in maths and science, loved experimenting with different things and enjoyed making movies. He even completed his first silent movie. When it came to music he was known as the beat boxer and he was even nicknamed Razadee. His passion was his sport, Baseball. He joined the Battswood Baseball Club in 2010. He never missed a season or practise session. He loved the game very much and he was even selected for Provincial trials for season 2012/2013.

He had his first Holy Communion in 2009 and also assisted as an altar boy in the church.

Rayel was raised to be a humble boy, always respectful to his elders. His family instilled the best in him.  I remember Rayel always making sure that when he came to visit our home that his little sisters always greeted everyone in the house before they went to play. Of course as he matured into a handsome teenager, he would still visit us, always remaining humble.

He brought so much joy and laughter into everyone’s lives and his humour, respect, love, humility, dreams and intelligence will forever live on in our hearts.

Rayel, your humour, positive attitude and beautiful smile are what we will remember most about you. To me you are a true angel.

In conclusion I would like to leave you with this bible verse and poem:
Romans 14:7-9 for none of us lives to himself, and none of us dies to himself. For if we live, we live to the Lord, and if we die, we die to the Lord. So then, whether we live or whether we die, we are the Lord’s. For to this end Christ died and lived again, that he might be Lord both of the dead and of the living.

You can shed tears that he is gone,
Or you can smile because he lived,
You can close your eyes and pray that he will come back,
Or you can open your eyes and see all that he has left.

Your heart can be empty because you can't see him
Or you can be full of the love that you shared,
You can turn your back on tomorrow and live yesterday,
Or you can be happy for tomorrow because of yesterday.

You can remember him and only that he is gone
Or you can cherish his memory and let it live on,
You can cry and close your mind be empty and turn your back,
Or you can do what he would want:
Smile, open your eyes, love and go on.

Those we love don't go away,
They walk beside us every day,
Unseen, unheard, but always near,
Still loved, still missed and very dear."

This tribute was added by Bronwyn Newman on 5th November 2014

"Rayel I miss you so much. I love you with all my heart. I am so sorry I could not have been there to protect you in that time of need.  We had so many good times. Remembering when you walked pass me and said “ Hello old man” and I would chase you around the house and car , we would both have a good laugh because I could never catch you. I miss you Rayel , we did so many things together.
I was the proudest dad, when you applied for the scholarship at ISCT me and mom sat in front of the interview panel with you, you took your time answering each question and answered without hesitation.  We knew from that moment you were no longer that small boy, you grew up into the beautiful, intelligent, young man that we have always strived to install in you.  
Rayel was always my “Backup” knowing with 3 girls in the house he would come to me jokingly when his mom checked him for something he would say” Dad go sort your wife out” and I would always say Bronwyn what did you do to Rayel.
We had so, so,  many good times as a family going away on little holidays because we all loved the outdoors. He went on a road trip to springbok just the 2 of us and Rayel would say dad Im hungry , Im thirsty, I need the toilet, which made we stop and have a break which I needed. It  made us also  enjoy the trip more . When there was opportunities for you to come with me to work , you would always jump at the opportunity to learn  more about what I did everyday at work which taught him so much, insight and appreciation.  
He always would say that he was “Mr Break it” and I was “Mr Fix it” and I think he enjoyed breaking things so we could spend that time just fixing things together. He was inquisitive about everything and I was there to teach him. With my guidance I would watch you take a computer apart and put it back together just to show me for fun that he was better than me. He would always assist me when I worked on the car and asked me questions on parts of the car and what it does.  I started teaching him how to drive not so long ago and he was so excited because he would say to me this is going to be my car.  He was looking forward to get his learners and license which I think he would ace first time because he was such a determined young man.
Rayel would never give up on any project or task. One evening he sat up till after 4am finishing a silent movie  for which he achieved top marks . My son,you  amazed me every day showing me that you had so much talent and such a bright future to look forward to. Because every goal you set, you would  achieve it successfully
In my mind I knew that I won’t last forever and that you would take care of our family
Rayel,I will sadly miss you forever, and ever, you made our family complete
Love you always

This tribute was added by Bronwyn Newman on 5th November 2014

"To my dearest, beautiful, clever boy. You meant the world to me. My one and only son, my first born.  You brought so much light, love, happiness, excitement, joy, hope into our lives. Every project every task, I knew there would be cheer to follow.   You were my life, the reason I had to work hard to make sure you had everything available to you, to be successful. To be the great leader you were born to be. We made so much plans together, you were going to change the world. You told me everything, and  cannot see my life without your presence.  If I knew Monday evening would be the last time I would kiss and hug you, I would never have let you go. If i knew Wednesday was going to be the last message and the last phone call to you, the last time I would hear your beautiful voice, I would never have put the phone down.
I was so very proud of you. You always made me so proud and you still said mom I am really working hard, if you can mom, don’t make you short, but I really love this cool dj set, imagine how much money I can make dj’ing at my friends parties. I said to you “my boy knowledge is power and no matter how hard life gets, no one can ever take that away from you and who knows santa might just surprise you”.
You were so excited about everything. I am going to miss your remixes you forced me to listen to almost every night, that I nagged you to place on sound cloud and you said one day when it is perfect mom.  I told you it was great and someone is going to hear how great you are, imagine that Rayél and you just said, It not perfect yet, i'm  working on the perfect one mom. You found a good song you would call me and say mom listen to this new song, and I would tease you and say oh Rayél that song is old this mom is hip, you laugh and say oh think you cool  just go sit inside with the old people.  Your science game you got, every time  you found the elements to create a virus, moss, glass, coal even a vein you would scream calling to show me the elements and how you created it. I still made a joke and said I hope you not going to become a nutty professor and create a nuclear virus, and we had a good laugh.  I pray every morning and every night to find understanding. I cannot accept your absence, I cannot accept you have left me with all your unfulfilled dreams and hopes. I cannot accept I wont see you anymore, I cannot accept I will never hear you laugh, talk and share your future plans with me. Who is going to tease me. who is going make me and daddy laugh with your quirky, witty personality. You were such an unselfish and caring  boy and and oh so charming.  

I pray to GOD to keep you safe and to give me help to find the peace.

You are my only son, my world revolved around you becoming successful, you are my golden boy and you always will be."

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