My father, Wayne W. Silva of Kaneohe, Hawaii, passed away unexpectedly on Dec. 14, 2011. He was 62. He obtained a business administration degree from Gonzaga University in 1971.
Aside from his children, there is nothing he loved more in this world than his years at GU and the friends he made there. They call themselves “The Boys of ’71.” He held those friends so very dear. They called him “the Brown Man” or “the Brown” because he was always so tan. He vacationed with many of them every summer in Spokane. I don’t believe I am going out on a limb when I say that Gonzaga’s class of 1971 is the closest class ever.
His love for the people he met at Gonzaga was a catalyst for me choosing Gonzaga as well. I have never seen my dad cry harder – tears of joy – than on the day I graduated from Gonzaga (B.A., May 2000), not even on my wedding day.
The outpouring of love and support I have received from his classmates since his passing is astounding. My family and some of his Gonzaga friends met in Spokane this summer for a memorial service to remember him.
Kiera M. Silva (’00)