Luke Daniel Silvestre
January 8, 2009 - January 2, 2021

Luke Daniel Silvestre

Luke Daniel Silvestre
Jan 8, 2009 - Jan 2, 2021

Luke Daniel Silvestre
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Luke Daniel Silvestre, of Runnemede, age 11, lost his battle with cancer on January 2,2021.

He was a true warrior, and our hero. A loving child that enjoyed life, and a smile that lit up a room. Beloved son of Tony and Deana (nee Downey). Loving brother of JT (John Anthony) and Sofia. Cherished grandson of Phyllis Downey and the late J. Michael Downey and Aida Silvestre. Dear nephew of Danielle and Dave Mazzilli and their children David and Gianna; Michael and Sarah Downey and their children Michael, Jack and Brooklyn; Annette Downey and Scott Schwabe; Antonio and Esmeralda Silvestre. Cousin of Andrew and Irene Silvestre and their son Mason; second cousin of Armando Louro, along with Paula and Joe DaSilva. Also survived by his great aunt Annette Orsini and many other aunts, uncles, cousins, family and friends.

Luke was a passionate Pittsburgh Steelers fan. He was a sixth grader at Mary E. Volz School. He was an athlete and member of RYAA baseball and basketball, GTHA ball hockey, and GT flag football. He was also recognized by the Bellmawr Purple Eagles.

There will be a visitation from 4pm-9pm Sunday, January 10 at Gardner Funeral Home, Runnemede. Mass 11am Monday, January 11 at Our Lady of Hope Parish, St. Agnes RC Church, 701 Little Gloucester Rd. Blackwood, NJ. Interment private.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Luke's memory to Children's Hospital of Philadelphia Foundation, PO Box 781352, Philadelphia, PA 19178 or Samaritan Gift Processing Center PO Box 71425, Philadelphia, PA 19176, or Melanoma Research Foundation, PO Box 759329, Baltimore, MD 21275-9329.


Healing Registry on Jan 9, 2021

Candle8 people have supported the family by purchasing them flowers or gifts from the Healing Registry.

Denny and Donna Starts on Jan 13, 2021

Denny and I are so very sorry for your family. There are no words that can even cover what you are feeling. Luke was a beautiful boy and will never be forgotten. Denny and Donna Starts

Maureen Sollena on Jan 9, 2021

Please know you are in our thoughts and prayers. Luke will forever be in our hearts.
Maureen & Fred Sollena

Ana cristina vojtecky on Jan 9, 2021

No amount of words can express the pain that you are going through. We are so sorry for your loss. Me and my family will be praying for you.The Vojtecky Family.

Mark Gallo on Jan 9, 2021

Prayers and our deepest sympathies from the Gallo family. Luke was a hero and a true inspiration. We are better people for knowing him. He will be missed at GTHA rinks. Continuous prayers for the Silvestre family. Luke will NEVER be forgotten.

Gardner Funeral Home on Jan 9, 2021

Barb & Jim Brodzik on Jan 9, 2021

CandlePrayers from the Brodzik family (Jim, Barb Brad, Owen and Aaron) for Tony, Deana , JT, and Sofia. We knew Luke from GTHA hockey and are so saddened to learn of his passing. This young man was as tough as nails, and if more children embraced the qualities and kindness he possesed, the world would stand a chance at recovering from the way it operates currently. Rest easy sweet boy, you will ALWAYS be thought of and you did great things for your life in the short amount of time you were given. The world remains a better place because you were part of it. #Lukestrong#9.

Dawn and Tom Peluso on Jan 9, 2021

God bless your brave soul Luke

Marissa Ritz on Jan 8, 2021

Happy heavenly birthday Luke. Praying you are at peace and up there watching over all of us. Sending all our love to your family left down here. 💜

Maureen on Jan 8, 2021

Happy Birthday in heaven Lukie. I miss you soooo much ❤️💛🖤💞💝

Doug Fisher on Jan 8, 2021

I can't express fully how sad Luke's passing is. I wish you nothing but godspeed and fond wishes as you try to comprehend and process this loss.

Doug and Kim Fisher

Jack & Donna Bloomer on Jan 7, 2021

You can fly away with Jesus. Your family and friends will miss your smile 😃 Happy Birthday 🎉.

Marie Young on Jan 7, 2021

No words can express how sorry I am for the loss of your son Luke. His courage and grace through his illness is inspiring and I pray this comforts you in the days ahead. Rest In Peace dear boy. Love and prayers to your family

Bill and Karen Nickerson on Jan 7, 2021

CandleWe were so sorry to hear of the loss of your son. Please know we are praying for you and your family.

Patty Passio on Jan 6, 2021

CandleLuke is Runnemede’s warrior who stoled our hearts. His bright smile will forever be with us. We are deeply sorry for the loss of Luke and pray that he brings smiles to your heart with all the happy memories he left behind and peace knowing he is in God’s hands. Mayor Nick Kappatos and Runnemede Council.

Maria J Moran (Silva) on Jan 6, 2021

They are no words to express how sorry I am for the loos of your son! May he rest in piece!

Joan Murray on Jan 6, 2021

CandleYou do not know me but I wanted to share my heartfelt condolences to your family. I am so very sorry for your loss and pray that you can find some peace in knowing that your son is safe in the arms of God. May he rest in peace surrounded by angels.

George D. Mukalian on Jan 6, 2021

My condolences on your loss. It saddens me to hear that Luke lost his battle with cancer but I'm assured he's in a peaceful place now. When I would see him, he would always have a smile on his face. He was a happy child. We always talked about sports. I knew no one at his age who was so educated and knowledgeable about sports. He knew more than I did!
I would love to attend the services but due to the pandemic I can't.
With prayers you will be strong.


Kim & Colin aka:Reggie Hofstrom on Jan 6, 2021

CandlePrayers and strength for the Silvestre family to get through this difficult time!! We hope you can find comfort in knowing Luke is at peace and out of pain. Rest easy Luke .

Bill Sonsini on Jan 6, 2021

Lost for words of consolation, but not Prayers, for Luke and his Family.
God Will Bless and Guide you through this difficult time.
Bill Sonsini

Dana Shickora on Jan 5, 2021

Tony and family- Our deepest condolences of the loss of your son. Prayers and healing to all of you during this most difficult time.
From your old neighbors on Read Ave.. Dana, Michael and Mike Nardone

Karen Engelhart on Jan 5, 2021

Luke’s enthusiasm and joy will be missed. He was always willing to be a friend and had such a positive spirit!

Tom Wilkinson on Jan 5, 2021

So sorry for your loss. Thoughts and prayers for the Silvestri family.

Nolan Leidy on Jan 5, 2021

I’ll never forget the countless baseball and hockey games where Luke stuck by my side; all the catches and games of tag that we shared. Luke will always be dear to me, he was such a bright soul that put a smile on my face every time I saw him.

Galiazzi on Jan 5, 2021

Thoughts and prayers with you all. He is smiling down on all of us. I will always remember him running through daycare with that huge smile!!! Rest in peace sweet boy.

Diane Lynch on Jan 5, 2021

CandleMy thoughts and prayers go out to all of you. May the thought that he is out of pain and not suffering help you though this awful time.

Eileen Toroni on Jan 5, 2021

My thoughts and prayers are with you all. I have had Luke in thought and prayers since the summer I first me him @ OLOH SonSeekers classes. May you find peace in the Lord knowing that Luke is safe at Home without pain and suffering. God bless you. Eileen Toroni

Evelyn Leone on Jan 5, 2021

My deepest sympathy to the entire family. My prayers go out for you all. May his little soul RIP and may the Lord Bless you all.
Love ya

Pauline Hughes on Jan 5, 2021

So sorry for the loss of your beautiful son fly high little wing God bless you all

Sue Caruso on Jan 5, 2021

So sorry for your loss. Many prayers are sent to the family at this difficult time.

The Sulpizi Family on Jan 5, 2021

Our deepest sympathy for your precious loss.May rest in peace his internal life.
Jo Ann &Sonny

Victoria Santillo on Jan 5, 2021

Our deepest and sincere condolences. May your beautiful son fly high with the angels and spread his wings. With love- the Santillo family.

Jo Brodecki on Jan 5, 2021

Our thoughts and prayers are with your family. We pray for you to have strength and to be surrounded with love and light.

Chris Pisani on Jan 5, 2021

We are so very sorry. Our prayers are with everyone that this young boy touched. May he Rest In Peace. The Pisani family.

Shannon House on Jan 4, 2021

Words cannot describe how much of a loss this is. I'll remember Luke as a go nonsense kind of kid! He was the well rounded student you always hope to have in a classroom. He was a friend to all ....stood up for what was right..strong-willed.... competitive.. and never stepped down when tough times were thrown his way (even if it was a game in gym)! I will always remember him and Sofia hugging in Mrs. V's class celebrating his last round of treatment. Sofia cried and shrugged her shoulders with a look like... 'I don't know why I'm crying he should be!' The bond they had is immeasurable and I hope that you all know we are here to help Sofia and JT through this awful time. Love you Silvestres ❤️ #lukestrong will forever hold a place in my heart.

Yvonne Corbi on Jan 4, 2021

CandleAlthough we never met Luke we knew from Annette what a wonderful boy he was. We prayed for Luke. And now we pray for peace and strength for the family. With our deepest sympathy.

Yvonne & Joe Corbi

Colleen Sheehan on Jan 4, 2021

CandleOur sincere condolences to the Silvestre and Downey Families. Sincerely, The Sheehan Family

Damon White and Damon Jr on Jan 4, 2021

No amount of words can express the pain that you are going through. We are so sorry for your loss.

John Jester on Jan 4, 2021

To the silvestre family. My deepest condolences. Me and my family will be praying for you.
John Jester

Matthew Woollen on Jan 4, 2021

True warrior. Look down upon your family and give them strength and may you rest in peace. You will be missed by many! Sincere condolences to the family.

Elaine and Michael Carrero on Jan 4, 2021


Trongone on Jan 4, 2021

CandleOur Deepest Condolences

Tony & Beverly Trongone



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Runnemede, NJ, United States 08078
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Our Lady of Hope Parish, Saint Agnes RC Church
701 Little Gloucester Road
Blackwood, NJ 08012
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