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David Barron Silverman, 58, of Savannah, Georgia, husband of Andrea Ryan Silverman and father of Hannah Elizabeth and Sam Galin Silverman and co-owner of Spanky’s Restaurants, died Tuesday afternoon, May 12, 2015, at his home surrounded by his family.

silverman - david (150 x 206)Born in Savannah, Georgia, he was a son of the late Benjamin Silverman and the late Edith Berman Silverman. David was a faithful servant of Congregation Bnai Brith Jacob where he served as a past president and vice-president of the synagogue. David was a member of Congregation BBJ burial society, Chevra Kadisha and received the Lifetime Achievement Award from the BBJ Congregation in 2014. His faith in God extended into all aspects of his life. He had a huge heart and his actions were a testimony to his belief in treating others better than you expected to be treated yourself. He touched many lives in a quiet anonymous manner. Many people have received a new start due to his generosity and commitment to humanity. David, who had a heart for helping others, was truly a servant to all people. He genuinely respected and saw dignity in every person.

Our community has lost a true “Mentsch”, – a selfless human being whose primary concern was the welfare of others.

The greatest pride and joy of David’s life was his family. He was a devoted husband and father. He lived each day to instill in his children the life lessons and values that were most important to him. His life was an awesome example of a life well lived. David’s children, Hannah and Sam, will always cherish the legacy of their father’s life.

David’s extended family was the Spanky’s gang. He led by example teaching teamwork along the way. He never expected anyone to do something he wasn’t willing to do himself. His work ethic and tough love made Spanky’s more of a family than a business. When you entered Spanky’s it was like coming into your own home. David’s humanitarian efforts were most evident through his involvement in Help Save One of Our Own where he served as a founder and member of the Board of Directors.

David offered his time and hand to everyone. Even during his illness he continued to come to the aid of his family and friends. He put others ahead of himself and always had a positive “SUPER FANTASTIC” attitude. Our community has lost a selfless, gentle and humble soul.

David graduated from Savannah Country Day School. He enjoyed boating and fishing the estuaries near his beloved Isle of Hope. He loved riding his motorcycle and boating with his brother Victor. He loved spending time in his shop working on numerous woodworking projects and the restoration of vintage vehicles especially his 1957 Chevrolet truck.

In addition to his parents, his sister, Donna Lee Silverman, precedes him in death.

Surviving are his wife of 25 years, Andrea Ryan Silverman of Savannah; his daughter, Hannah Elizabeth Silverman and his son, Samuel Galin Silverman both of Savannah; his brother, Dr. Victor Silverman (Saba), of Atlanta; his father and mother-in-law Tim and Mary Ryan; brothers and sisters-in-law; Michael (Laura) Ryan, Angela (Craig) Thomas, Meg (Robert) Crider all of Savannah and Eileen (Jim) Ogletree of Griffin; a number of nieces, nephews, great nieces and great nephews; his dog, Cooper, and his cat, Molly.

The graveside funeral service will be Thursday, May 14, 2015 at 12:30 pm at Bonaventure Cemetery, conducted by Rabbi Avigdor Slatus.

The family will receive friends at Bnai Brith Jacob Synagogue after the service. The family will sit Shiva at the home.

The Silverman family would like to express sincere gratitude to David’s Oncologist, Dr. George Negrea and the entire staff at Low Country Cancer Care Associates P.C. and the deepest appreciation to life long friend, Dr. Morris Geffen, for his tireless support to David and the entire family.

Remembrances: Rambam Day School – 111 Atlas Street, Savannah, Georgia 31405-5461 or Help Save One Of Our Own – Suite B-1, 7505 Waters Avenue, Savannah, Georgia 31406 or Congregation Bnai Brith Jacob – 5444 Abercorn Street, Savannah, Georgia 31405.

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  1. Rita & Alan Asher says:

    Andrea and Family: Our thoughts and prayers are with y’all. He will be deeply missed by all. Love, Rita and Alan

  2. Alderman Tony Thomas says:

    Really sorry to hear of David’s passing. Growing up, my friends and I spent many great times at Spanky’s and David was always very good to us. His many contributions to the community through his many fundraisers, events, and charitable causes touched so many people in the region. He will be missed but always remembered for the great things he did for many while he was here with us. May he rest with the angels, his earthly work here done. My deepest condolences to the family during this difficult time.

  3. Tobie Lariscey says:

    Andrea and Family: So sorry to hear of David’s passing. Thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. David was a wonderful and caring person. He touched so many lives through the years and will always be remembered.

  4. Fran Gnann Huncke says:

    Andrea and Family,
    I’m so very sorry for your loss. I thought the world of David and he will be dearly missed in the Savannah community. My prayers are with you all during this most difficult time.
    Love to you all,

  5. Lynette T. Eden says:

    David was a such a good man, good friend and he will always be missed. My heart goes out to his family. Heaven just got another angel.

  6. Karen Saturday says:

    Andrea, Hannah and Sam, Our thoughts and prayers are with you during this time of sorrow. Our deepest condolences and love.

    Pete and Karen Saturday

  7. Marcia Silverman says:

    Andrea, Hannah, and Sam, David was a true mensch. He was loved by so many and is missed greatly. He was my cousin and my friend.

  8. Lyn McCuen says:

    Andrea and family- so sorry to hear about David. My son, Mac, and I spent many a Wednesday night at Spanky’s. David was always so kind to Mac. Mac is a special Olympian and David was so supportive of their team and events. His donations and kind words always made Mac feel so special. Not to mention, there was always O’Douls cold in the cooler. What a loss. His many memories and kind deeds will always be in our hearts.

  9. Mac Gordon says:

    Andrea and Family,

    I went to school with David from 2nd grade thru our Senior Year in HS. I was stunned to learn of his passing and send my profound condolences to you. He was a terrific guy, a kind person, and tireless worker.

    It was my privilege to call him my friend for so many years.

    My prayers are with you now.

  10. Wendy Wickham Clemons & Robert Clemons says:

    Our prayers and thoughts are with you and your family during this difficult time. May there be comfort in knowing that someone so special will never be forgotten.

  11. Rick and Susie Doyle says:

    Andrea and Family,

    I had the good fortune to work with David for many years at Spanky’s on the River and South Side before I left to pursue other opportunities, but I will always have fond memories of him and I am proud to call him my friend.
    Our daughter Katherine who was born while I was working on the south side still calls him Uncle David.

    Please know our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family, he sill be sorely missed.

  12. John Mulligan says:

    David will always be remembered and respected as a fine man, friend to so many and benefactor to numerous worthy causes with his support and help. Condolences to the entire Silverman Family and may he rest in rest in eternal peace.

  13. Katie Macke says:

    Really sorry to hear about the loss of David, he hired me for my first job at Spanky’s Southside back in 2002 and I worked there for 6 years. He was a great boss and person!

  14. Lisa White says:

    Andrea and family,
    I also went to school with David for many years at SCDS. I have not seen him in years, having moved out of Savannah, so did not know he was sick. I’m so sorry for your loss. I will always remember his warm and reassuring smile and nature. My thoughts and prayers are with you.

  15. Crystal Anestos's Nelson says:

    My deepest condolences to David’s family. He was a friend and classmate of mine. I was glad to be his 9th grade prom date & we used to joke about Greeks and Jews. He was such a great guy, so generous and a wonderful person. I’m glad he is not suffering anymore but I know how hard this must be to his family. As we Greeks say, May his memory be eternal! He touched so many lives!

  16. Linda and Richard Bressler says:

    We are so saddened by the loss of such a wonderful man. David was loved and admired by all and always such fun. We all share special memories of him and send you all our love and thoughts.

  17. Skip and Glenda Eloge says:

    To David’s Family,
    May you each be comforted in the knowledge that David was so respected and loved. His quick wit and friendly smile will be remembered by all who were privileged to know him. We will surely miss him.
    Peace to All,
    Glenda and Skip Eloge

  18. Kim Sikes says:

    My thoughts and prayers are with all of you. David was a wonderful person and will be missed by all. The world has truly lost one of its special people.

  19. Ann S. Armstrong says:

    I went to school with David ever since the fifth grade. I will remember him as a warm and caring person. Occasionally saw him at work at Spanky’s where he came off as just another guy instead of an owner. A very genuine person, he will be greatly missed. May God comfort you at this time.

  20. Ramon & Renie says:

    Our claim to fame for many years was to be asked when they heard our last name was are you related to David Silverman and we always proudly answered yes
    We will all miss him very much because he was dearly loved by ALL!!.

  21. Faye Kirschner/Christine Addy says:

    We were so sorry to read about David. We loved him dearly. I (Faye) remember David from Fun
    Camp/JEA in the 60’s. He was a wonderful young man; will definitely be missed in everyday life–
    especially at Spanky’s. God bless you, David. Sincerely, Faye Kirschner and Christine Addy.

  22. Melanie Christian says:

    Andrea and family,
    I am so very sorry to hear about David.
    My thoughts and prayers are with you. I pray David’s love and your faith will bring peace and comfort to you all!

  23. Lisa Linton says:

    Andrea ,Hannah and Sam, Chuck and I are so sorry for your loss, please know you are in our thoughts and prayers! David will be greatly missed.

  24. Mary Hill says:

    David will indeed be deeply missed on Pinewood Ave! A loving husband and father, he was also a gracious, generous and selfless neighbor. My sincere condolence and prayers are given for Andrea, Hannah and Sam.

  25. Lori and Bob Hecker says:

    So very sorry to hear that David is gone. He truly was the kind of person we all should aspire to be. Words are truly inadequate when such a wonderful person has left this earth, leaving such a loss. May memories of David and his life bring you peace in the days to come. Our thoughts and prayers are with you.

  26. Nora Richardson says:

    David was one of the most gentle and kind man you’ll ever know. Savannah has lost someone so special. He will never be forgotten. My thoughts and prayers are with you Andrea, Hannah and Sam. I’m heartbroken. Spankys will never be the same but everyones love for him will remain.

  27. Phillip & Christa Hosey says:

    David will be so missed by his neighbors. Our hear goes out to his family. It appears that we aren’t the only family that truly admired David’s character.

  28. Harry and Sherri Connolly says:

    We had known David for many years and it breaks our hearts to know he is gone. He may be gone from this physical world but will be in our hearts and minds forever. RIP David, we will always love you.

  29. Tiger Belcher says:

    Thanks David for being my friend,You were always
    there with food during my volunteer days with Home D Depot.The precious times together at Spankys,and the friendly hugs will always be there.Precious memories how they linger,how they will ever flood my soul.See You soon in the heavenly Spankys above

  30. Steve and Kathy Christiansen says:

    Please accept our heartfelt condolences for your loss. David was truly a fine man. God bless you all.

  31. Donna Ratchford Adamson says:

    I went to SCDS with David, and have many fond memories of him at Spanky’s as well. He was a kind hearted, generous and fun loving person. He will be missed! My prayers are with his family. Donna Ratchford Adamson

  32. Ian Grosse says:

    Dear Andrea and family,

    I was also a classmate of David’s at SCDS 9th- 12th grade. Assimilating into a small private school in which many classmates had been together since kindergarten or first grade can be difficult, but David always made me feel welcomed at SCDS. He was genuine, warm, and down-to-earth young man in high school. He often stopped at the Sugar Shack just to say hi whenever he was on Tybee. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.

  33. John and Jeana Crawford says:

    We are so thankful to have known David, as a friend and neighbor. He was truly a wonderful and kind man. His generosity and positive attitude brightened our day on every occasion we met. We send our love and will keep y’all in our prayers. We will miss him!

  34. john t wilcher says:

    david you and ab were my friends, we had great times together and you were great to all the people you were around always a smile when i was around you, as peppy said tell a b we all said hello, could not of ask for any more precious time with you all LOTS OF LOVE from the wilcher to yours john

  35. Mathew Silverman says:

    Andrea, Hannah and Sam, I hope you take comfort in knowing that David left Savannah a much better place than he found it. Your loss is our loss, your grief is our grief. The shul, the community the city, all who had the merit to know him, we are so much less without him. He will be sorely missed but never forgotten.

  36. Robbie & Marsha Kopper says:

    We are so lucky and blessed to have known David. Always greeted us with a smile. David, Jimmie Johnson & Dick Hall are now greeting the angels that need a place to sit and eat. Our prayers and love are with Andrea, Hannah & Sam. David will be missed. Love, Robbie, Marsha & Nanny…

  37. Rick Pitt says:

    I counted David as my dearest friend. Though we rarely saw each other it was as if barely a day had passed each time we did meet. I see here that this was David with many of us. He promised to take care of my body at death. I’m sad that I learned too late to be there today. May your path be now be bliss and happiness dear friend.

  38. Joyce & Jim Deal says:

    We are heartbroken and will miss David dearly. Our deepest sympathy to Andrea, Hannah & Sam; may your faith ease the pain of your loss. In our sadness, we thank God for allowing us to have known David; he was a blessing.

  39. Brooke Keane Zeigler says:

    I am so sorry to hear we have lost such a great guy! He was a great boss and friend! He was and will always be a one of a kind!! He definitely made a difference in this world. He would do anything for anyone. My thoughts aND prayers are with both the family and his beloved friends!!

  40. Sanford Cohen says:

    our family knew David and the Silvermans from the early sixties in Sylvan Terrace. he always had a very sweet genial natureand often stood up against bullies where he could. his parents came from a world that most of us Jews born in America could not understand. blessed to have known suffice to say he was a mensch all his life and all who knew him were blessed to have known him.

    Zei Gesind David!

  41. Joey Costa says:

    Andrea and family I’ m sorry to hear of David’s passing.
    It was great talking with David when he came into the BP store at Sandfly.
    He always made me laugh! Many years I worked at BP and David was one of my favorite customers. I was lucky to be his friend! Spankys’ won’t be the same without David, but he will be in our hearts.

  42. Susan Karacostas Scarberry says:

    Rest In Peace my childhood friend. Love, Susan

  43. Summer Marshall says:

    Andrea and family,

    Corby and I are are so sorry to hear of your loss. While I didn’t know David well, Corby only spoke of him with reverance and respect. We wish you all peace in this difficult time.

  44. Mark and Lynn Fortune says:

    Andrea, my heart goes out to you and your entire family. I met David in 1979 when I moved to Savannah. He was always such a good guy and many memorable times in my life were blessed with his presence at Spanky’s. I know he will be missed greatly, but he left a true legacy in his passing. Take care.

  45. Jules and Nancy Paderewski says:

    David was a blessing for the Savannah community. You can be proud of the impact he had with all he came into contact. He will be missed.

  46. Lynn Harrod/Brittney Harkins says:

    Our heartfelt condolences to Andrea and the entire Silverman family! David was a wonderfully loving and caring human being, a true mensch! He was the face of Spanky’s and a great host to all who entered his establishment! We are proud and honored to call him our friend! RIP, dear Friend!

  47. Rachelle Berliner says:

    Dear Andrea and family, I just read of David’s death in the Atlanta Jewish Times. He was a wonderful young man and one of my and Sam’s, obm, favorite people. I pray that all of the wonderful memories of David in your mind and heart will give you the strength and courage to endure the loss of your beloved David. As is written on Sam’s stone, “TO LIVE IN HEARTS WE LEAVE BEHIND IS NOT TO DIE.”
    With my love,
    Rachelle Berliner

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