Services for Ryan Silva to be Held Wednesday

Ryan Silva

A visitation for Ryan Silva, hosted by his family, will be held 5 to 7 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 28, at Prewitt Funeral Home.

A celebration of his life will take place at a future date, in New England.

Ryan passed away in Sitka Dec. 18, at the age of 43.

He was born in Ft. Benning, Georgia, on April 20, 1979, and grew up in Chelmsford, Massachusetts.

In July 2004 he came to Sitka with the U.S. Coast Guard and fell in love with Sitka’s impressive beauty.

He had a passion for the outdoors that included hunting, fishing, hiking, and dog field training. 

His constant companion was his red Labrador retriever, Hunley.

Ryan’s enthusiasm for the things he loved was infectious; he would eagerly share his knowledge with anyone who would listen. His laugh was also incredibly infectious – something that always accompanied his witty jokes and countless stories.

“We cannot imagine the magnitude of the ripple effect of those he touched; he was a great friend to many,” his family said.

Ryan leaves behind his daughter, Haley Silva, and son, Gavin Silva; his mother, Marie Silva; his former wife and friend Lauren Silva; his sisters, Andrea Silva and Jessica Spates; and beloved niece, nephew, aunts, uncles, cousins, and friends. Others he left behind are his friend Mary Ferguson and her son, Evander Elixman.

In lieu of flowers, those who would like to contribute to the family to assist with the funeral and other family needs, please contact the family at:  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

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At a Glance

(updated 1-31-2023)

By Sentinel Staff

The state Department of Health and Social Services has posted the following update on the number of confirmed COVID-19 cases in Alaska as of 12:15 pm Tuesday, January 31.

New cases as of Tuesday: 792

Total cases (cumulative) statewide – 291,060

Total (cumulative) deaths – 1,436

Case Rate per 100,000 – 108.66

To visit the Alaska DHSS Corona Response dashboard website click here.

COVID in Sitka

The Sitka community level is now "Low.'' Case statistics are as of Tuesday.

Case Rate/100,000 – 70.4

Cases in last 7 days – 6

Cumulative Sitka cases – 3,264

Deceased (cumulative) – 10

The local case data are from Alaska DHSS.






February 2003

By GIL TRUITT: It seems like only yesterday that I was aboard the Alaska Coastal Airlines Grumman Goose, taking off from Wrangell, headed for my hometown, Sitka, in February 1947. I was a student at Wrangell Institute at the time but that was quickly forgotten when the “Goose” pulled up on the Japonski Island ramp. The big student movement to Sitka from Wrangell had begun. The creation of Mt. Edgecumbe High School was under way.



February 1973

 This year’s theme for the Sitka High School girls third quarter challenge is “Beat the Pudgies.” ... Becoming a member guarantees taking off or readjusting inches, taking off excess pounds, developing muscle tone and losing unnecessary flab.