Maynard Silva memorial
"Optimism and pessimism don't exist for me. I am a Blues man. I am a prisoner of hope. I am going to die full of hope."
- Quote from Cornel West
A fitting celebration for Maynard Silva began with a moving ceremony, rich with reminiscences by family and countless friends. A great party followed, with a sumptuous Island-style potluck and dancing to live music provided by many of the musicians in attendance.
Chairs filled the Ag Hall last Sunday as friends and fans of many ages and many walks of life gathered to share their memories. There were lots of tears and plenty of laughter as speakers shared stories revealing sides of Maynard's life other than the music he was famous for - from his early years growing up on the Island as told by his cousin Tom Anzer, and diving for coins in Vineyard Haven harbor with cousin Glenn Andrews. Susan Klein told of their early theatrical adventures in high school and Trip Barnes brought a fleet of his trucks as a testament to Maynard's sign-painting skills. Others emphasized his openhearted generosity and concern for others, which led to so many to call him friend.
At the close of the ceremony, the crowd raised glasses high, toasting Maynard with root beer, his favorite drink, then danced the night away, and their sadness.