Wayne W. Silva ('71), second from left, passed away unexpectedly on December 14, 2011.

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)

3 Responses to “Remembrance from a daughter”

  1. Marty says:

    The Brownman was as good a friend as you could ask for ever. He would literally give you the shirt off his back if you needed or wanted it. No one cherished their days at Gonzaga and their GU friends like Wayne. He never missed an alumni event in Hawaii and attended every Class of ’71 reunion. When the Boys of ’71 got together for one of their any imfamous weekends, the Brownman was there helping to make these events all the more fun. A tribute to his friendships was the outpouring of love from several dozen of his classmates who attended a memorial service for him on campus this past July. We all know he is thrilled that part of him will rest in one of his favorite spots on campus forever.

  2. Larry Rush says:

    Who we are and where we are today is in part because of The Boys of ’71..
    Pridefully we have declared albeit in ignorance that there could be no other class ever like ours. Hopefully, our children have been wiser.

    Brown, you have the peace which we all seek, but for now unready to pay the price.
    You are the first to be in our Father’s embrace, the first winner of the race.

  3. Mike Speer says:

    Very nice Kiera.
    We all loved and liked Wayne (Brown).
    He always made me smile and laugh.
    He had a big heart and could he barbeque some great ribs 🙂
    We will always remember him.
    We love you Wayne.

    Mike Speer, Boys of 71