Memorial bench will honor longtime Claremont coach
"He touched so many lives," his friend, John Bly, said Friday. "Ralph was just an excellent human being to everybody."
Silva coached for nearly 60 years, Bly said, starting in Charlestown where he coached a young Carlton Fisk, who went on to be a Hall of Fame major league player.
A few years ago, Silva was inducted into the New Hampshire Coaches Hall of Fame, Bly said.
"He took over his dad's legacy there," Bly said. "He is also the head football coach there, too, and a full-time teacher there."
Bly, a State Police dispatcher living in Concord, was raised in Claremont by his grandparents.
About 10 years ago, Bly started a summer baseball camp in Claremont in honor of Silva. The camp is now known as the Coach Ralph E. Silva Memorial Youth Baseball Camp.
Regarding the memorial dugout bench, Bly told Paul Silva, "Now you still have your dad in the dugout."
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