Lou (Louis) Nathanial Silva passed away on July 31st, 2013. He was born in Tucson, Arizona on August 27th, 1962. He is survived by a daughter, Lauren; a son, Dylan; his mother, Olivia; father, Louis B. Silva; three sisters, Debbie, Laura, and Annette; and his stepfather, Michael. Lou is also survived by his mother's brother, Armando and her sister, Yolanda. In addition, he is survived by eight nieces and nephews and ten great nieces and nephews. He will be sadly missed by Robin, whom he spent the last few years with. Lou spent most of his life in the Manhattan Beach area. He attended Pennecamp and Meadows and graduated from Aviation High School. He also attended El Camino College and Long Beach State. As a boy, he often fished with his grandfather, "Tata", whom he was very close to. Lou loved the outdoors-especially the ocean. He surfed, water-skied, played beach-volleyball. Lou loved to jog on the beach. Among other things, he was a martial-arts instructor. He loved sports, especially college basketball and football. He played football at El Camino College. Lou could build or plant anything and just about did. He resided for a short time in Tucson, Arizona and in Carlsbad, California. Lou was more than a son, a brother, a father, an uncle, a cousin, a nephew, or a good friend - he was the light in the dark - the calm in the storm - he was wise beyond his years. Was he perfect-no but he tried to be the best he knew how. He was a private person, not one to boast or brag. Think of Lou with gratefulness that you knew him. We'll all remember those precious moments; the fun times as well as the tough times. In some way he made all our lives better. He will truly be missed but ever so fondly remembered.

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  1. Lou,
    I love you very much. Your memories will always be in a special place in my heart. I will always remember the wonderful and amazing times we’ve had together. Playing Hot wheel cars with you. Making a skateboard ramp and staking on it when were 7 or 8 years old! Playing beach volleyball together. All our amazing water skiing adventures We were so much alike and had the same interests. Thats what I will hold dear to me and will never forget. Your loved by so many. What a special person you were to have had so many friends who loved you. You were blessed, and I’m sure your friends were honored to have known you in their lives.. I love so so much and will miss you dearly!

  2. So Sorry for the loss of Lou, Debbie..Condolences to Your Family, and may God Heal your Hearts. RIP Lou! Love, Lori and Rick Hall

  3. I’m so sorry for your loss. Lou was loved by so many people and I was one of them. He had the most beautiful smile that was completely contagious and I will never forget. My thoughts and prayers go out to you all.

  4. Robin, I am so sorry Lou had to leave so soon. You kept the smile on his face that everyone loved and he cherished you. I have some great memories of us all together. Lou and Tony never did push me in Uncle Petes pool. I loved watching the guys toss the football on the beach. Tony Vaquer tought me how to throw, Lou tought me how to catch and Raymond Vaquer was great for face plants in the sand. They were a great team together with everything they did. I send my condolances to his entire family, The entire Vaquer Family, and to you. May all your hearts heal and be filled with memories of the times you all shared with Lou. He is so loved by everyone who are here today. Rest In Peace Lou. Until We Meet Again.
    Theresa Vodicka

  5. Changed

    It is a part of life and now it changed;
    Circumstance has rearranged.
    We counted days and we counted stars;
    Searching through the haze to find who we are.

    Now I see things change, we changed.

    They said life goes on but I am feeling that your near;
    That you are by my side I’m feeling that you’re here.
    With your twinkling eyes you told me not to grieve;
    Still I wonder why soon you had to leave.

    Because now I see we change, life changed.
    In Memory of Lou Silva

    Theresa Vodicka

  6. God Bless the Silva family in this very difficult time. Lou, you have touched so many lives; always smiling, always kind words. May you find peace in knowing Lou lives thru his children and everyone one he has touched in his life.

  7. Dear Debbie, I just finished watching the video and I am so grateful to you and your family from sharing it with us. Now I also know he was a dog lover, so I know he had a great soul. I cannot express how sad I feel for your loss, but I know that one day we are all going to be reunited and you will be able to hug your brother again…<3

  8. What a great guy, possessing of what would seem to be contradictory traits in anyone else but which meshed so beautifully in Lou–competitive but gracious, accomplished but humble, determined but kind. Fond of a good laugh and good friends, a gentle soul with a quiet smile. Truly one of a kind. Godspeed Lou Silva…

  9. Thank you family, and friends, for being here to celebrate the life of my little brother, Lou. He was a wonderful man, with many friends. Lou lived his life to the fullest. Strong, easy going, athletic, humorous. He was one of those people who never complained, and could always be counted on.That was just a part of who Lou was. He had a lot left to accomplish, and it’s truly a tragedy that he’s left us so soon. I know that it will be difficult for my family and I, and his daughter Lauren, and his love Robin to go forward without Lou in our lives. However, today, we shouldn’t focus on our grief, but instead celebrate Lou’s life on Earth. Let’s remember Lou, for all his great qualities, and appreciate the time we spent with him. One of my most unforgettable memories of Lou, is his ability to get out of doing chores. Being the oldest of 4 children, I was in charge of making sure that everyone completed their chores, before Mom got home from work. It would never fail… Mom is on her way home, and Lou is nowhere to be found. The trash, which was his only job, still sat, overflowing. Not wanting Lou to get in trouble, Laura, Annette, and I, would scramble to get his chore done. He knew his sisters would take care of their little brother! As adults, we would always refer to this story with laughter, and fondness. Those memories are what I will always remember and cherish. I will miss my brother, more than words could convey. We should all be thankful for knowing Lou. We should celebrate his accomplishments, and share our memories of him. My brother would not want us to be overwhelmed with sadness. He tried to find the positive in any situation, and he would want us to do the same. I’m sure, all of you will ensure his memory lives on in our hearts and minds, for as long as we live. Lou may be gone, but he
    will live on, in us, forever….Rest In Peace lil brother! We love you…

  10. Lou was someone who at one time, I loved with all my heart and was blessed to have had a daily living reminder of that love once shared. I shared the video with Dylan and have spent much time sharing memories of his Dad with him. I am truly grateful to have been able to speak with Lou before he passed and to have been able to share pieces of Dylan with him…Dylan was able to tell him he loved him and I believe there was peace and healing for us all. My condolences to family and friends and to all the lives he touched over the years.

  11. I met Lou down on 16th street playing volleyball. He was always very welcoming and friendly. He was a great person and I enjoyed knowing him. Very sorry for your loss.

  12. Thank you James and Monique for attending his service. It truly is nice to have the support from friends. XO

  13. Thank you Ceci for attending his service and helping out. My Mom is so grateful for all that you did to help Lou. We will never forget that. Fruit for his shakes and creams etc. You truly are an angel….

  14. “Happy Birthday to my brother Lou”

    We little knew that morning that God was going to call your name. In life we loved you dearly, in death we do the same.
    It broke our hearts to lose you, you did not go alone; for part
    of us went with you the day God called you home. You left us peaceful memories, your love is still our guide, and though we cannot see you, you are always by our side. Our family chain
    is broken and nothing seems the same, but as God calls us
    one by one, the chain will link again.

    I love you always and forever
    your sister, Debbie

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