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Read the obituary for Jake Silver, Ashland teen who battled cancer

"Jake brought the entire community of Ashland together along with surrounding towns and states."

Jake Silver. Matarese Funeral Home

Loved ones are remembering an Ashland teen who died at home last Friday for his love of sports, animals, and weather.

Jake Silver, 18, was diagnosed with osteosarcoma during his sophomore year of high school and fought the disease for three years, his family wrote in his obituary:

Jake was a 2018 graduate of Ashland High School where he was the kicker on the football team before he was diagnosed with cancer his sophomore year. He went through tutors to make sure he could graduate and ended up going to Springfield College this past fall but his cancer came back and he had to drop out. Jake loved sports and wanted to be a sports announcer but also loved animals and weather and could give you a lesson on any of those subjects.

Told he had three to six months to live, Silver put together a bucket list that included seeing the Patriots in the Super Bowl, according to NBC10 Boston.

After Silver missed the game in Atlanta due to heath complications, he got a voice message from Tom Brady.

“Jake brought the entire community of Ashland together along with surrounding towns and states,” his family wrote. “He taught many it isn’t about the cards you are dealt rather how you play them.”

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Read the full obituary for Silver, shared by Matarese Funeral Home, below (lightly edited for clarity):

Jake Silver, from Ashland, Massachusetts, passed away at home on February 22, 2019, two days before his 19th birthday, after a three-year battle with osteosarcoma. He was surrounded by his loving family. Jake was born on February 24, 2000, and is survived by his loving mother, Melissa (Rothschild) Duca, his stepfather, Anthony Duca, his best friend and sister, Halle Silver, all from Ashland, and his father, Robert Silver, of Southborough, Massachusetts.

Jake was a 2018 graduate of Ashland High School where he was the kicker on the football team before he was diagnosed with cancer his sophomore year. He went through tutors to make sure he could graduate and ended up going to Springfield College this past fall but his cancer came back and he had to drop out. Jake loved sports and wanted to be a sports announcer but also loved animals and weather and could give you a lesson on any of those subjects. Jake brought the entire community of Ashland together along with surrounding towns and states. He taught many it isn’t about the cards you are dealt rather how you play them.

In addition to his immediate family, Jake is also survived by his maternal grandparents, Francine Shogel and Steve Crapser, of Ashland, and Stephen and Carol Rothschild, of Knoxville, Tennessee. He is predeceased by his paternal grandparents, David and Lois (Finberg) Silver, of Framingham, Massachusetts; his uncles and aunts, Adam and Susan Rothschild, of Stowe, Vermont, and Brian and Carol Silver, of Needham, Massachusetts, along with cousins Ben, Anna, Zack, and Molly.

Jake also had many friends who were like family and leaves behind his G-mother, Lisa Markowitz, of Pleasantville, New York, her husband, Ryan, and their kids, Sadie, Isabel, and Isaac, Pinina Collett, of Southborough, and her daughters, Julianna and Francesca, and the Tallman Family, of Ashland. He also leaves behind his childhood best friend, Joe Marci, along with his best friend who never left his side, Abell Veguilla, both from Ashland. His other close friends that made his life great were Kaleigh, Bella, Nathan, Courtney, Livi, Lexi, Erika, and the whole Kane family.

Calling hours (Shiva) will be at Jake’s house, 7 Chickering Lane, Ashland, and will begin on Monday, February 25th, and go through Thursday, February 28th, from 12-2 p.m. and then again from 6-8 p.m. daily. Friday, March 1st, Shiva will be from 1-4 p.m.

Shiva will end with A Celebration of Life on Sunday March 3, 2019, at 11 a.m. at the Ashland High School Gymnasium. All are invited. Jake has asked that everyone wear something orange.

In lieu of flowers, Jake asked for donations to be made to osteosarcoma research so no other child will have to go through what he went through. We have set up an osteosarcoma fund at the Jimmy Fund Clinic so please make checks out “In Memory of Jake Silver” and send them to:
Dana Farber Cancer Institute, P.O. Box 849168, Boston, MA 02284 — or make an online donation to his osteosarcoma page at http://www.myjimmyfundpage.org/give/jake24.