Laurence "Larry" Mark Silber
September 16, 1953 - May 25, 2019
According to Larry's wishes, cremation has taken place. A celebration of his life may be held at a later date. Online condolences may be shared with the family at www.bureshfuneralhomes.com
Laurence ("Larry'') Silber, 65, died peacefully at home in Turner, Michigan after a lengthy illness on May 24, 2019.
Born September 16, 1953 to Alvin and Dorothy Silber in East Meadow, Long Island, New York.
Larry leaves his wife, Kelly (Shue) whom he married at their home in Palmer, Mass. in 2001, his daughters Kassi, , Whittney , Amanda, Grand daughter, Iliana and sons Justin and Mark.
A graduate of American International College, Larry served as the school's Sports Information Director before he began a lengthy career working for the Springfield Newspapers. An award winning sportswriter, he spearheaded local high school and college coverage. Larry was instrumental in giving girls high school sports coverage in the newspaper and helped create the Vi Goodnow Award, given annually to the top female high school basketball player in Western Mass. He was on the beat when the University of Massachusetts men's basketball became a national power and covered the team home and away. He authored a popular column entitled Silber Bullets. Larry was shifted to the copy desk and was an outstanding editor. He is in the Springfield Public Schools Hall of Fame as a contributor for his outstanding work covering school sports.. Larry had a side "job'' selling sports trading cards. It was more of a labor of love than a job because Larry loved meeting and talking to people and was quick to give his customers deals. Friendly and outgoing, Larry touched the lives of many people, both in Western Mass. and in Michigan. He enjoyed spending time with his family, traveling, playing poker with his friends, joining the sports staff in pickup softball and basketball games and golf. He had a heart of gold and he will be missed be many. A private service was held for Larry in Michigan on the AuSable River.