Con profundo pesar queremos comunicar la triste noticia del fallecimiento del nuestro compañero Héctor Silva Zárate (Q.E.P.D.)
Héctor trabajó como profesor de Castellano y Literatura inicialmente en el colegio Rubén Castro, luego en de la Universidad Católica de Valparaíso y más tarde en la Universidad del Norte de Arica.
Héctor fue detenido por la represión de Pinochet en septiembre de 1973 y compartió momentos dificilísimos con muchos de nostros en Baquedano 1, (Cárcel de Arica).
Vivió su exilio con su familia en la ciudad de Colchester, Reino Unido.
Desde esta página hacemos llegar nuestras más sentidas condolencias a su esposa y compañera Idulia, a sus hijas María Isabel, Patricia, y Ximena, como también, a su familia en Chile y a sus compañer@s y amig@s en el Reino Unido y en Chile.
En nombre de la comunidad de chilenos de South Yorkshire, UK
La Misa en celebración de la vida de Héctor tendrá lugar el día Jueves 4 de Octubre a las 09:15hrs en la Parroquia de la familia, St James The Less and St Helen, Catholic Church (51 Priory St. Colchester, CO1 2QB) y el servicio crematorio se llevará a cabo en el Crematorio de Colchester a las 11:00.
De acuerdo a sus últimos deseos sus cenizas serán esparcidas en la Oficina Chacabuco, su lugar de nacimiento, a comienzos del próximo año.
Family Tribute to Héctor Arturo Silva Zárate
Dad was a devoted, loyal Husband, Papa, Tata and Father-in-Law. He was also a Brother-in-Law, uncle and a proud Godfather. We had many adventures in Chile when we were young during our school holidays and weekends. The biggest adventure was travelling across the world to start anew life with us in the UK back in 1976.
Papa made friends very easily and was very charming with the ladies, as if 3 daughters and a wife were not enough, he was always surrounded by women and he loved it. He even managed to chat up ladies at the bus stop.
He was a dedicated professor and his students loved him because he made them think outside the box, as life to Papa was very colourful. If you watched films like To Sir with Love and Dead Poets Society then you’ll know what I mean. He was an outstanding role model and great Philosopher.
Dad in comparison was the quiet one in the family, not keen to argue; never raised his voice but he enjoyed a good debate. He was an observer and loved watching people and the world go by. However, he had one anecdote after another and talked for hours, his descriptive narratives made you feel as if you were part of his story.
Although he was taken from us too soon affected by Cancer, we know he is in a good place resting and watching over us. We will miss him dearly and hope that the pain we feel for his loss will ease off with time but not erase the fond memories and good times we shared with him. His happiness will live on through everyone he touched.
Sonnet XCIV from 100 Love Sonnets by Pablo Neruda ( Si muero sobreviveme…….)
If I die, survive me with such a pure force, you make the pallor and the coldness rage;
Flash your indelible eyes from south to south, from sun to sun, till your mouth sings like a guitar.
I don’t want your laugh or your footsteps to waver; I don’t want my legacy of happiness to die;
Don’t call to my breast: I’m not there. Live in my absence as in a house.
Absence is such a large house that you’ll walk through the walls, hang pictures in sheer air.
Absence is such a transparent house that being dead I will see you there.
I ask for Silence by Pablo Neruda (Pido Silencio)
Now leave me in peace and learn to do without me, I am going to close my eyes.
I have lived so much that someday you will have to forget me forcibly,
Rubbing me off the blackboard: my heart was endless.
But because I ask for silence, don’t think I am going to die, on the contrary:
It happens that I am going to live.
Héctor Arturo Silva Zárate
Published in the Essex County Standard on 11 October 12
Silva Zarate Hector Arturo Idulia Isabel, Poro, Pati, Xime, Jake and Colin, would like to thank everyone, for their kindness, sympathy, support, lovely cards, flowers, prayers and generous donations. On the sad loss of a much loved and devoted Husband, Papa, Tata and Father-in-Law. Sincere thanks to everyone, who attended his funeral, Father Tony McKentey, Co-op Funeral Services and friendly Debbie Manager at The Abbots Activity Centre. A special thanks to the staff at Mary Baron Suite, St. Helena Hospice and all Care Services, involved during Hector’s illness. Please accept this as our most sincere acknowledgement.