In Loving Memory
Rudolph Valentino Sille, Sr.
John Thomas Chapel ... 8:00 10:00 a.m.
Sts. Peter & Paul Cathedral ... 10:30 a.m.
Thursday, October 3, 1991
at Western Cemetery
Anna M. S. Sille
Rudolph V. Sille, Jr.
Dwight Griffith / Sal Griffith / Andrew Griffith
Giselle Sille / Ethanie Sille
Sala Sille / Rudolph Sille III / Drew Sille
Valerie V. Sille Bingley / Lorna A. Sille Clendinen / Carol Sille
Louis P. Magras / Antonio Scarbriel / Fernando Scarbriel / Alfredo Scarbriel
Rudolph Scarbriel / Luben Scarbriel, Sr. / Dean Scarbriel
Ina S. Brown / Dariel S. Ruiz / Rita S. Van Holten
Pearl "Tanty" Ferguson
Many other Special Friends
Rudolph Sille, Jr. / Dwight Griffith / Delbert Phipps / Charles Vallard
Brian Chick / Wilbert Lindesay / Leonard Bonelli / Curtis Gilpin
Sal Griffith / Andrew Griffith / Fernando Scarbriel / Alfredo Scarbriel
Rudolph Scarbriel / Anthony Gibbs / Franche Gumbs
RUDOLPH (RUDY) VALENTINO SILLE, SR., husband, father, leader and friend, was
born in St Thomas. U.S. Virgin Islands, on December 28, 1931, to Maude Rogers
and Rudolph V. Sille. Much can be said of this man, who left an indelible and
positive mark on the Virgin Islands, on Scouting and on all who came into contact
Rudy's schooling began at Lincoln School. Early on, he joined the Cub Scouts
and his passion for scouting began. Earliest memories of Rudy as expressed by his
contemporaries revolve around his involvement in scouting. He was one of the
leaders of Troop 54. Later, he became Scout Master of Troop 17, and later Troop 100,
serving as a role model to many who were a part of the scouting movement --
always giving sound advice in words, as well as, by example.
In 1953, Rudy left St. Thomas for the U.S. Mainland and subsequently joined
the United States Air Force, where he served until honorably discharged in 1961.
While on the Mainland, he attended Lincoln University and Brooklyn College. He
also became very much involved with the Boy Scouts of America in New York.
Love for his native Virgin Islands brought Rudy back to St. Thomas in 1960,
where he immediately volunteered his much needed leadership skills to the ad-
vancement of scouting in the territory. Utilizing skills acquired while in the Air Force,
he served for a while as an Air Traffic Controller. Then, in 1971, seeking a creative
means to mesh his technical training with his interests in music and electronics,
Rudy established his own business Sound Electronics. In 1975, he rejoined the
Federal Government, this time in the civilian branch with the Immigration and
Naturalization Service, where he served until his passing.
Extremely civic-minded, Rudy was active in the Rotary Club of St Thomas.
He also belonged to several fraternal organizations, including the Celestial Lodge
in New York and the Masonic Lodge in St Thomas.
Volumes can be written and much more can be said of Rudolph Valentino
Sille, Sr., who dedicated nearly 50 years of his life to his homeland, his country and
the scouting movement Attesting to his contributions and service are numerous
awards, certificates of appreciation and recognition by the Virgin Islands Legislature.
In scouting, he earned the District Award of Merit, the Silver Beaver and the
Silver Antelope, the highest awards given by the district, the council and the region,
respectively. In addition, he held membership in the Order of the Arrow and was
the only Virgin Islander to attain the rank of Four-Bead Wood Badger.
Up until the very last, Rudy was doing what he liked best scouting. He was
actively involved in planning, organizing and promoting the 1992 Caribbean Patrol
Camp to be held in St Croix with the expected participation of over 500 young men
from throughout the Caribbean.
Left to cherish his memory are his wile, Anna M.S. Sille; one son, Rudolph
Sille, Jr.; two daughters, Giselle and Ethanie Sille; three step-sons, Dwight, Sal and
Andrew Griffith; two grandsons, Rudolph Sille V and Drew Sille; one granddaughter,
Sala Sille; three sisters, Valerie V. Sille Bingley, Lorna A. Sille Clendinen and Carol
Sille; one aunt, Blanche Cid; a childhood guardian, Pearl Ferguson; and many special
Order of Service
OFFICIATING Mos Rev. Brim Kiety ORGANIST: Faye Moon
BLESSING OF THE CASKET AT THE ENTRANCE OF THE CHURCH
ENTRANCE HYMN ............................... "How Great Thou Art"
SCRIPTURE READING #1 (John 14:1-6) ...................Rev. Ruben Ruiz
RESPONSORIAL PSALM ..................................... Psalm 27
SCRIPTURE READING #2 (Rev. 20-1-6) .................... Rudolph Kelsick
OFFERTORY HYMN........................ "Just A Closer Walk With Thee"
SIGN OF PEACE .......................... "Let There Be Peace On Earth"
COMMUNION HYMN.................................... "Just As I Am"
DUET ............................ Kathleen Scarbriel and Carmen Magras
EULOGY ................................... .......Bingley Richardson
FINAL COMMENDATION AND FAREWELL
RECESSIONAL HYMN ........................."Alleluia! The Strife Is O'er"
GOVERNt4NT MOS O,4AAO1 IC AMLf.
ITEf TED STATES VIRGf ISLAND
ALEXANDER A. FARRu.v
I was deeply saddened to learn of the death of
Mr. Rudolph Sille. His passing is a tremendous loss
not only to his family and friends, but to everyone who
had the pleasure of his acquaintance.
Mr. Sille did a great service to the Virgin
Islands through community service. He dedicated many
years as a leader to the Boys Scouts of America,
shaping the lives of young individuals.
On behalf of the people of the Virgin Islands, I
extend my sincere condolences to the family of
Mr. Rudolph Sille. Mrs. Farrelly joins me in praying
that God may comfort and sustain you at this time of
Your friends and fellow Rotarians of Rotary Charlotte Amalie exte.id their
profound sympathy to you and your family on the passing of your dear husband.
Rudolph V. Sille.
May you find comfort in knowing that all of us in Rotary share in your sorrow,
and may the memories of those special moments with Rudolph comfort you, and
your faith in God sustain you throughout this moment of grief.
"Blessed are they that mourn: for they shall be comforted." Matthew 5:4
Rotary Charlotte Amalie
ALUMNI ASSN.OF CAHS CLASS OF'S1
P.O. UOX 923
EMANCIPATION GARDEN STATION
CIIARLOTTE AMALIE, VI 00004
TO THE FAMILY OF RUDOLPH SILLE
ST. THOWAS, VZRGIZN ISLANDS
SEPTEMBER 30, 1991
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New Yo4 and St.Tkom= CLhpteom) 4 deeply 9g4ev&i on tUo
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husband and 4athA, Rudot*p. We MA thh e A o&4ow o6 the
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and commIAUM teade,. He ha4 devoted mny yem4 4A AetAve
to yougateam oi the comuunUdy wUh 14.4 4MAeta.t In the bSoy
The dasUty and 44aend4 oi RudoAt may be comiOted by the
thought that th~e dedkced and conc entou4 Man h made
k44 OetUUccfoAl to the cominuty oi tAe W A(4 lZanAd
9C4ch he toved.
WMt deepest 4ympatk*, the CHARLOTTE ANALYZE ALUNNZ CLASS OF
195 4 o4 go a Rudo4ph God's 4.cheAt b lMc ea4.
Why did you have to leave me so suddenly? How I wish you could have waited.
You suffered silently and God saw your broad shoulders being weighed down and
said, "That's enough; you need rest." I know you are at peace now. How I wish you
didn't have to do it this way. 11 only death were a two-week trip, where I can look
forward to seeing, talking and laughing with you shortly thereafter. But death is
FINAL. One day we will be together again and there will be no more separation,
pain and suffering for either of us. I loved you. Daddy, but Jesus loved you more,
and His will must be done. So, I will wipe my tears, knowing you are now safe and
protected in Jesus.
Daddy, you were a super father and friend. I'll always remember and treasure
your love, guidance and understanding. Your leadership qualities will "always be
TO A vtIKY srtuAL rtnunI
Sile, your friendship and knowledge was one that we treasure deeply; we
will miss you dearly. You will be in our hearts always, wherever we go. It's not the
end, dear friend, we will meet again someday. So, it's not goodbye, it's just farewell.
You were happy to bring me home in your arms, but I am sad sending you
home. A home far away you have never seen before. But, I have no fear because I
know we will meet again one day, you in the front and your scouts in the back, and
we will be singing: "When The Roll Is Called". So sleep for now, Daddy, until we
I dedicate this poem and inspirational quote to you. You were indeed like a
father to me, as you were a friend.
When your friend speaks his mind, you fear not the "nay" in your
own mind, nor do you withhold the "ay".
And when he is silent, your heart ceases not to
listen to his heart;
For without words, in friendship, all thoughts, al desires,
all expectation are born and shared, with joy that is
When you part from your friend, you grieve not; for that which
you love most in him may be clearer in his absence, as the
mountain to the climber is clearer from the plain.
And let there be no purpose in friendship save the
deepening of the spirit.
Laurice A. Simmonds
Dear Mrs. Sille:
The staff and I were shocked and saddened to learn of the passing of your dear
husband, Rudolph. Mr. Sille gave unstintingly of his time and talents to this com-
munity and will be sorely missed by all those with whom he worked.
May it be of some comfort to know our prayers and thoughts are with you and
your family in your time of bereavement Please accept our heartfelt sympathies.
May his soul rest in eternal peace!
Very truly yours,
Karen M. Andrews, Acting Director
V.I. Division of Personnel
Trustworthy, dedicated, loyal, possessing the quality to love and nurture were
characteristics of Mr. Rudolph Sille. His caring nature destined him to be a great
Scoutmaster. And what a Scoutmaster he was! Mr. Sille cared enough to spend all
his adult years training, encouraging teaching and giving a helping hand to the
youths of this community.
On September 26, 1991, he was silenced and called to his heavenly home,
but just like "good soldiers never die; they just fade away", likewise "Good Scouts
never die; they are simply elevated to higher grounds with their Master". Rest in
peace, Fellow Leader of Leaders.
Doris Davis, Cub Master
Mary Rhymer, Leader
Francine Penn-Scipio, Leader
Archibald, Joseph, Bryan ... Leaders
Your life was a manifestation of the best a man can
offer to his community: Service above self. As
a former member of the Rotary Club of St. Thomas,
you made it possible for people of all vocations
to contribute to the growth and development of this
community through volunteer service. To some measure,
the improvement in the quality of life we enjoy in
this community is a product of your efforts.
Through your initiative, Boys Scout Troupe 100 was
born and eventually sponsored by the Rotary Club of
St. Thomas. Your contribution to the community and
the spirit that guided your actions will always be a
source of inspiration to us and many of those to come
To Rotarian Anna and the rest of the family,
relatives, and friends, we extend our deep-felt
So n S. EXabuka, Jr.
Rotary Club of St. Thomas Dated: October 1, 1991.
PERHAPS YOU SENT A LOVELY CARD,
OR SAT QUIETLY IN A CHAIR.
PERHAPS YOU SENT A FLORAL PIECE,
IF SO, WE SAW IT THERE.
PERHAPS YOU SPOKE THE KINDEST WORDS
AS ANY FRIEND COULD SAY.
PERHAPS YOU WERE NOT THERE AT ALL,
JUST THOUGHT OF US THAT DAY.
WHATEVER YOU DID TO CONSOLE OUR HEARTS,
WE THANK YOU SO MUCH, WHATEVER THE PART.
Order of Procession
U.S. ARMED FORCES SALUTE / TAPS
BOY SCOUTS OF AMERICA
HEARSE / PALLBEARERS