Michael Jeffrey DiSilvestro

July 10, 1962 - April 23, 2010

07/10/1962 - 04/23/2010

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Friday April 23, 2010

Michael J. DiSilvestro, 47, passed away April 23, 2010. He was born in Spain, at the United States Air base in Torrejon, to the late Lt. Col. Mario and Mona DiSilvestro.

He is survived by his brothers Mark and Matthew DiSilvestro of Alexandria, VA.

In his early years, influenced by his mother, he was a budding naturalist, insect wrangler, rock hound and star gazer. During his teen years, influenced by his father, he put his time and energy into learning to play the guitar.

He really came into his own when the family moved to the Tidewater Area and he became friends with other musically gifted classmates in his new high school. He formed a band with some of them and called it “Stretched Acorn.” He liked playing a unique mixture of virtuoso rock and originals at parties and talent shows.

He went into the classical guitar program at Virginia Commonwealth University. He liked to do things his way, practicing classical music by day then going to the Richmond Fan District by night to play his own style of jazz-rock-fusion, on the electric guitar.

He loved Italian food with pizza always at the top of the list. He was better at fishing and crabbing than the rest of the family, with many summer vacation days spent on the waterfront at Linlear or Rudee Inlet. He enjoyed reading and liked science fiction.

The promise of his future was tempered and cut short by the onset and long term progression of debilitating illness.

Those who really knew him were touched deeply by his genuine sweetness of character. He also had a stubborn streak, but that helped him to endure adversity, without tears or complaints and to do the things he needed to do, his way.

Cremation and inurnment at the convenience of the family will follow a private family ceremony. Individuals wishing to make memorial donations may have them made to a charity of their own choosing. The family would like to give a special thanks to the doctors and staff at Chesapeake Regional Hospital.

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David Becker
8 years ago

I have so many wonderful memories of Mike from our high school days in Va. Beach. It’s really not enough to say that he was one of the funniest, most talented and creative kids in school. Beyond his spontaneous and intelligent approach to music, Stro just had a unique way of looking at the world that made everything seem more interesting when he was around.

James Cicatko
8 years ago

I received the news of Mike’s passing just last night, and it is with great sadness that I send my condolences. I played and composed music with Mike and it remains one of my best experiences. After these many years, I believe my friendship with Mike was the best I’ve had.

Mike Hackworth
8 years ago

I remember seeing Stroh for the first time jamming with Stetched Acorn at the FC high school library and was amazed at how talented he was on the guitar. I also remember the times we would jam over Mike Overcash’s house and he taught me a lot on the guitar. Mike was special and will definitly be missed.

Billy Hooker
8 years ago

I went to First Coloniel HS with Mike. He liked to be called “The Stroh” in those days. We were in the same circle of friends, all music lovers. I have bragged for 30 years that Mike’s HS Band “Streched Acorn” backed my vocal group “The Village Rats” in the First Coloniel HS 1980 Talent Show performance of “Y.M.C.A.”. I also had the honor of having Mike play guitar at a small social at my parents home in the summer of ’80’. He tuned the guitar before I could blink & played some beautiful music & Rock songs. Making music for people made him happy. I’ll always remember Mike as a little shy at first but once he was comfortable around you he was funny & just plain nice. he will be missed. RockInPeace “Stroh”.

Robert Leipold
8 years ago

If his family sees this, and I hope they do, please know that Michael was never forgotten by his friends, though we all drifted apart over the years. It wasn’t his great talent as a musician that we remember, but rather his sardonic sense of humor and his sensitivity to the world around him. I cannot recall a harsh word from Michael, or anger, or spite, or meanness. He was truly a gentle soul, too gentle for this world. We miss him, and will not forget him.

Chuck Cohen
8 years ago

Rest in Peace Mike! Your character and your virtuostic guitar playing will not be forgotten. Condolences to the DiSilvestro family.

Clint Damuth
8 years ago

What wit, what talent, what kindness.He lived his life in alternate tunings, and all are blessed who knew Mike.

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