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  1. John will always be well remembered by me. We first met in Anatomy tutorials in 1962, and had many memorable times together over the sixty odd years since, including student and resident parties.
    We were fortunate to be with him several times over the last year, and will miss his great, large personality, and fun.
    Deepest sympathy to Dianne and family.
    Stan and Louise O’Loughlin

  2. To Diane and family.
    Deepest sympathy on the passing of a life lived to the full.
    John will be missed by all of those who knew him.
    John Bongiorno

  3. To Diane and Family,

    It was very sad to hear of John’s death. My deepest sympathy to you all.
    I well remember John In our Pre-med year in 1961: tall, handsome, athletic and full of charm. After graduation we went different ways, but I was fascinated to hear of his full and adventurous life as well as one of service to his fellowman. He really did make a mark and will be missed by many.

  4. To Diane and the Silver family,
    Marianne and I would like to offer our sincere condolences.
    At a time like this, words have a limited capacity to diminish the hurt, but we hope that with time the warm memories of shared experiences will gradually soften the pain.
    Even though over the many years since graduating, we lost contact to a large degree, which is characteristic of the pace of life these days, my image of John remained unaltered. I saw him as a very intelligent person with considerable integrity whose memory I continued to respect in an ongoing way.
    We send our warmest wishes to you all.
    Arthur Klepfisz

  5. Dear Diane, Andrew, David, Helen and Paul
    Thinking of you all during this difficult time. We were saddened to hear of John’s passing.
    It was lovely to be able to be part of the
    Funeral via livestream, such a wonderful ceremony celebrating his life and many achievements.
    Love to you all
    Laura, Will, Olivia and Sam Wettenhall xo

  6. To Dianne and family .
    Please accept my deepest sympathy for the loss of John .Spent many happy times with John In the office travelling away for work and sharing a laugh over a wine .Thank you for friendship your words of Wisdom and your support love Adam,Michelle,Sophie xxx

  7. Deepest sympathy to Dianne and the family.
    I first met John about 60 years ago.About 50 young people were camping on a block of land on the Portsea Back Beach Rd. I went around to see whats on and somebody said a chap here is quite sick. Can you drive him to the doctor in Sorrento. I took John there and on to the pharmacy. A few years later we were both working in Willamstown. John at the clinic and myself at the nearby pharmacy
    Over the years I saw him mainly through the Kew group party’s and annual lunch including this year.
    Always with a smile on his face and glad to see old friends

    Graeme Kaufman

  8. Thanks for the opportunity to share in the celebration of John’s wonderful life.
    Our stories started from basketball with junior Melbourne Tigers (with Bill as coach). Our families became good friends and we shared more than basketball activities.
    We will toast John’s life tonight with a nice glass of red wine.

    Love Bill and Lyn

  9. I count it as a privilege to attend the service all be it digitally.. My wife Jenny and I attended Diane and John’s wedding 40 years ago/Our paths have not crossed often over the years and I regret that.
    My deepest condolences to Diane and her family.
    Bravo Zulu Silver family .In the case of much adversity you did your husband and father proud.
    Rex Williams

  10. To Diane, David and Family,
    Please accept our deepest condolences for your loss. Francine and I will forever remember John as an exceptionally kind, caring, humble and welcoming man who treated us both like family whenever we were with you.
    Love and support from us both, Francine and Ian Goodbody

  11. Dear Diane and family,
    A beautiful service.
    So many wonderful and memorable anecdotes of John’s amazing life.
    Love Lynn and Warrin

  12. To dearest Diane and family. Our thoughts are with you at this difficult time. Over the years we have shared wonderful times at Point Leo. John’s expertise was vital in the development of the Nipper March Past Team’s skills, leading to bronze and silver medals in the State Championships. His memory will live on at the Point Leo Surf Life Saving Club through the young children he has coached. John will be sorely missed at the Club. Kind regards from Jan Williams and family.

  13. To Diane and family,
    Our most sincere sympathy and you are all in our thoughts at this time.
    To a great fellow Freemason, fellow Grand Sword Bearer and fellow Grand Director of Ceremonies.
    Thank you to a great mentor, and I look forward to our meeting again in the Grand Lodge above.
    So mote it be
    Norman & Judith Wittingslow

  14. Fond memories of John at Pt Leo. Will miss an extraordinary man.
    Deepest sympathy to Diane and family.

  15. Thanks Dianne for the opportunity to be part of the service for John. Wishing you and the family my deepest sympathies. Kind regards Sally Kane ANZSOM VIC/TAS

  16. Goodbye John… going to miss having a good red & chat with you. Rest in peace. Deepest condolences to Di & family.

  17. Thank you for a lovely service. John was a busy and energetic man who embraced life always.

  18. To Diane and family,
    Our most sincere condolences. John will always be in our memory and he was such a great friend.

    Ray and Kirsty Leggatt

  19. To Diane and family,
    Our thoughts are with you all and we are deeply saddened by the loss of John, a true gentleman and a great friend. The memories of our time together with John we will hold close to our hearts forever. Love Mal, Cate, Brittany & Felix.

  20. It was a privilege for me to work for Jonh over an an
    18 year period and I really enjoyed time spent with him over a beer after work on numerous occasions.
    He was happy to offer advice and also worked magic on my tennis elbow and was a friendly, kind man and will be sorely missed.
    My sincere condolences to Diane and all the family.

  21. Farewell John, we will miss your happy face and wide smiles at ANZSOM.
    Dianne and family – a very lovely service for a very lovely man and colleague.
    Please accept my sincere condolences and apologies for not being able to get across Bass Strait in such times.

  22. John was a rare and impressive individual. I am very sad at his passing. His intelligence and wit were always evident and a gift to those present.

  23. John served his country well in the Royal Australian Navy Reserve over many years. He was a great occupational physician. He was charming, fun and a great colleague in the Navy and as an occupational physician. I shall miss him.

  24. John was an inspiration in his thirst for life, people and experiences. That was to the forefront at the end of his life too. Keen to live life well.

    Condolences to Diane and family for your loss.

  25. Sad that I can’t be there to pay my respects as I’m overseas in the Persian gulf, but I will be there in spirit, god bless you john

  26. John was a lot of fun on the reunion committees he was sociable to the end and will be sadly missed. My heart felt sympathy to Diane and his family.

  27. So sad to lose John. I will always treasure the memories of the Captain’s Choice tours we did together.
    What a fun time with you Diane. Our son Cameron also sends his sincere condolences.

  28. John impacted my life tremendously, even though I was only able to spend limited time with him in the US. From the first time I remember meeting him, I always wondered when I’d see him again. I felt as though we were connected through lifetimes upon lifetimes. I’m so thankful that I had his magnificent spirit to connect with in this lifetime. I look forward to seeing him again.
    All my love and healing light to my family and his incredibly loving wife, Diane. I’m here with you in spirit.

  29. What a great loss. John has been a wonderful member of the Point Leo SLSC since gaining his Bronze Medallion in 1958. Excellent competitor on the beach in sprints, relays and march past and recently has be passing on these talents to our Nippers. Member of the Bobbas support group. Our condolences to Diane and the family

  30. So sorry to hear of John’s passing. My sincere condolences to the family. I studied with him at Melbourne University and remember him from that time.

  31. Deepest sympathy to the family, John will be missed forever but remain etched in our memories and hearts forever xoxoxoxo
    Love to all

  32. Sadly mourned by the freemasons who knew Dr John Silver. Grand Director in 1977 and a regular supporter of his Mark Degree (Victorian Naval and Military Mark 57)

  33. John was also one of my best mates,and my dad’s best mate,I loved John like a father too,he was the kindest and nicest person,he inspired to to go for the army reserve special forces commandos in Williamstown,and to study Kung Fu and jujitsu,John was so friendly, fantastic doctor,and a wonderful navy doctor,and a wonderful husband to beautiful Diane and their great grown up children,I miss you my friend John,I love you Buddy wherever you are,ivo,

  34. The deepest sympathy goes out to Diane, Andrew, David, Paul, and Helen on your loss. John was a great friend of my father and myself for many years. After my father’s passing, John never failed to remember him every year, always at Christmas time. People such as that are very rare indeed. It was a privilege to have known John and his memory will live on with me in all my days as I reflect on my father and him, especially at Christmas time. For a man of many talents and a professional of the highest esteem, John treated everyone he met with humility and respect. He had a great sense of humour and enjoyed his family and life to the fullest. He was an unfailing friend and will be sadly missed by all. Rest peacefully, John.
    Stephen Bigger and family.

  35. Our deepest sympathies to Dianne and family.
    Over the many years John has always been a friend, fun and full of life. He contributed to all he was involved with in his many roles. In being with him one had the sense of being special. John will be sadly missed.

  36. My condolences to Diane and her family.
    I have lovely memories of attending your wedding all those years ago with Jenny by by side.
    May God Bless You and keep you.


  37. What a bummer!! One of nature’s true gentleman,always loved catching up with John! Always gave me my dive medical, I have only just found out that he has passed! RIP sailor!!!!

  38. Dear Diane and family ,
    Murray and I were very saddened to learn of John’s passing .
    We met through Captains’s Choice and shared many wonderful travel memories at the annual conferences and occasionally crossing paths on tour . We had so much in common and enjoyed John’s joviality and love of good wine and food . Thinking of you and your family Diane .
    Christine and Murray Norris

  39. Doctor John Silver

    An outstanding performer in every area to which he turned his many talents whether it be in the army cadets at second secondary school, in freemasonry, in underwater medicine in the Royal Australian Navy Reserves or as a general practitioner in his own community; but above all as a family man. He is sadly missed. Our hearts go out to Diane and family.

    Paul Willee

  40. RIP John,
    We had good times in your company. I won’t forget your laugh, nor the times we shared in the RANR

  41. On behalf of Doc Silver’s ‘other’ family at RANR Diving Team SIX our sincerest condolences. Many members of the team over many decades owe their health to ‘Doc’ Silver. He remains much loved by his “bubblies” after crossing the bar.

    On behalf of all DT6 members (including a couple of old salts in the list below who have also crossed the bar and will be with Doc Silver as we speak.)

    Adam WOLFE

    Andrew (Frenchy) KISS

    Anthony WRIGHT

    Bernie BLACKALL


    Brendan KEANE

    Brent (Staff) STAFFORD

    Bruce HECKER


    Carl (Bathmat) LORRAWAY

    Carmel (Carm) TOM

    Chris Huddo HUDSON

    Christian (Sapper) ALLEN

    Danny LORRAWAY

    Danny DORMAN

    Des (Dessy) OMERA

    Don LOWE

    Dwayne (Gino) CANANZI


    Geoff BASCOMBE

    Geoff (Doc) BROOMHALL

    George (Foto) FOTOPOULOS

    George  (Cossie) KOZACZYNSKI

    Glen (Bungy) WILLIAMSON

    Glenn (Shark) DELALAND

    Graham MEEK

    Greg (Spil) SPILSTED

    Ian (Sugar) LEONARD




    John KNIGHT

    John (JC) MAYNARD

    John MILES

    John MYHILL

    John (Simmo) SIMPSON

    Johnson STEVE

    Lee (Schmoo) SMITH

    Lorrie HENRY


    Mark DWYER

    Martin (Boss) O’MALLEY

    Martin  (Flanners) FLANNERY

    Matt HURLEY

    Matt (Matty) MOLLOY

    Michael YARRAMENKO

    Michael  (Stotty) STOTT

    Nick MARTIN

    Paul (Junior) AXTON

    Paul (Illy) ILLMAN

    Paul (Boss) TRACE

    Paul (Boss) WILLEE

    Peter (Ackers) ACKLAND

    Peter (Larry) O’DEA

    Phil MAIHI

    Rafael (Boss) FABRIS

    Ray (Mumbles) SMITH

    Richard (Spud) MURPHY

    Richard  (Dutchy) VANDERHEYDAN

    Robert (Robby) BYRNE

    Rohan  (Knuckles) SCHEID

    Sean (Splash) KENWERY


    Spiros  (Kelli) KALLIAKMANIS

    Steve (Occa) COLLINS

    Steve MIFSUD

    Steve  WOOD

    Steve Woody WOODMAN

    Stuart (Wayne) KERR

    Timothy (Timmy) SLADE

    Tom (Carm) CARMEL

    Vince (Dolly) GALEA

    Vincent (Knobby) CLARKE

    Wayne (Boss) SLEETH

    Herman WESTERHOF

    We remain Doc Silver…..

  42. Condolences to Dianne and the Silver family from the Naval Commemoration Committee of Victoria.
    The time comes to each of us, when the Supreme Commander calls us from our earthly service. No matter how well we prepare for this, we feel sorrow, when there is another gap in our ranks. John was one of a long line of Veterans who served their Sovereign, their country in the Royal Australian Navy.
    There is no fear now, as John embarks on the unknown sea. For he is in the care of the Great pilot, and we who remain, wish him a safe voyage, and firm anchorage in that final harbour, where storms and tempest are no more.

  43. My condolences to the Family. I wish John a smooth transition. I was very fond of my cousin, John. A good man with a great sense of humor. Very glad that he was able to visit us a few years ago. And thankful we stayed connected since then. I will miss him very much. Wish I could be there in person. I will join in for the service via the online streaming service. All my best to the family.

  44. Diane and family, please accept our deepest regrets. Grew up together as school kids in Kew. Spent many happy times together at Williamstown, Wonboyn Lake, Hawthorn, MCC etc. For the last 20years carried out my aviation medicals in a very competent and professional manner. Will miss him, a true gentleman. Don and Suzie Ross.

  45. Such a down to earth likeable person, always enjoyed our annual luncheon with the “Kew boys”
    Sadly missed.

  46. To Diane and family,
    Please accept my deepest sympathies for the loss of John, who was a devoted family man and a compassionate doctor. Always great to talk with and he will be sadly missed.
    Because of other commitments I am unable to attend the funeral in person, but will certainly watch on the video link.

  47. I am very sad to have lost a great companion. Just about 30 years ago was the night I met John. He was my conducting officer when I joined Public Schools HRA Chapter; and immediately I felt I had a sincere kind friend. Our paths have crossed many times since. Then he appeared as the father of Andrew, who I played bagpipes with for a few years. My daughter’s first little bicycle was an cast-off from the Silver household. Condolences and fond regards to his family and friends.

  48. Hard to accept. John was such a larger than life bloke. So many memories not the least his exhibition of flamenco dancing In the Williamstown house. A good man and very much missed by all those who had the pleasure to know him. My apologies for non attendance but Covid once more curtailed travel but I will attend the video link. My sincere regards to all of John family.
    Ron Alleway

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