West Haven Veterans Museum names media center to honor Edward Silver
The late Edward N. Silver, a longtime community leader, wasn’t someone who necessarily sought a lot of personal notoriety.
But Silver, who spent much of his life running Silver’s Drug Shop — about as central to West Haven life as anything in town in its day — with his brother, David, and other family members, nevertheless earned that notoriety.
Silver, who served in the Navy during World War II and lived in Orange in later life, also contributed to the West Haven community in many other ways, and was known for his generosity and community-mindedness. Among the ways he served was through his role as a member of the West Haven Rotary Club — an organization his father, William Silver, helped found.
His children, Wendy and Richard Silver, said Wednesday that they think their dad, who died Oct. 28 at age 92, would have been happy to see the new media center at the West Haven Veterans Museum and Learning Center, being built with a donation of nearly $60,000 from the West Haven Rotary Foundation, bear his name.
Even if Silver’s younger brother, Dr. Bob Silver, 89, thinks that while Edward Silver loved the Rotary, he would have been a bit embarrassed by having his name on the media center.
“We’re honored,” said Wendy Silver.
Richard Silver said family members “appreciate the thought and generosity” involved. “Obviously, West Haven meant a lot to our father,” he said. “He was passionate about it.”
Bob Silver took the train in from New York City, where he has lived for many years, Wednesday morning to join David, Wendy and Richard Silver for a “wall-busting” ceremony — sort of like an indoor groundbreaking — ceremony to mark the start of construction.
They took turns, along with museum and Rotary officials, knocking holes in a sheet of drywall with sledgehammers to mark the start of construction.
Then museum volunteer Bill Benson, a Vietnam veteran, showed them around the museum, explaining details of the displays that might not otherwise be readily apparent.
“It’s really nice that they’re going to do this,” said David Silver, the youngest of the three brothers, who still works at the pharmacy at the Super Stop & Shop on Elm Street.
This was not David Silver’s first trip to the Veterans Museum. His grandson, Jay Silver, for his Boy Scouts of America Eagle Scout project, built the raised gardens out in front of the museum a few years ago, he said.
The media center will include a library and a conference room along with computer access, said museum President Frank Chasney and founding member Arlene DeGrand Painter. The room will be available for meetings by various local clubs and organizations, Chasney said.
Chasney said he was grateful to the foundation for the donation and the chance to recognize Edward Silver for his service both to the community and to the nation.