Silveria S. Chambers, 73 school custodian, gardener

October 02, 2004

Silveria Sylvester Chambers, a retired Baltimore County school custodian who later worked for an armored car company, died of cancer Sept. 25 at his Randallstown home. He was 73.

Mr. Chambers was born and raised in Jamaica and moved to Baltimore in 1967. He became a naturalized citizen in 1981.

He was employed for 26 years as a custodian at Reisterstown Elementary School and later was chief custodian at Randallstown High School. He retired from there in 1994.

He also worked as a custodian at Dunbar Armored Inc. for 12 years before he retired last month.

"He had an incredible work ethic and took his work seriously. He took pride in his work and always wanted to do the best job possible. It wasn't uncommon for him to arrive at school hours before it opened to make sure all the classrooms were clean and everything was just right," said Wenda C. Royster, a longtime friend.

Mr. Chambers was an avid vegetable gardener and enjoyed working in his yard.

He was an active member for 36 years of Edgewood United Methodist Church in Lutherville, where he was an usher and former president of the usher board.

Services will be held at 11 a.m. Wednesday at Edgewood United Methodist, 1434 Bellona Ave. in Lutherville.

Mr. Chambers is survived by his wife of 46 years, the former Estella Allen; three daughters, Rosa Martin of Sunrise, Fla., Dawn Masters of Clifton, N.J., and Carol Peterson of Baltimore; and three grandchildren.

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