In Loving Memory
We mourn the passing of the founder of Modern Pools, Robert Silvestri. He was our beloved father, grandfather, and brother-in-law. A brash entrepreneur, he always yearned to make his mark on this world. When he discovered his flair for tile work, it lead him to his passion of crafting in ground swimming pools by hand. He spent many long days toiling under the hot Florida sun, building swimming pools, each more beautiful than the next. When his wife became homesick, they moved back to Rhode Island, and he brought his passion for swimming pools with him. He was a pioneer, becoming the first swimming pool builder and retailer in the State, and his company flourished. With only a high school education, he built a swimming pool empire that brought joy into the hearts and backyards of thousands of people. As an employer he treated his staff with the utmost of kindness and generosity. The son of Italian immigrants who came to this country in search of a better life, he was the perfect embodiment of the American Dream. He worked hard, and became an overwhelming success. And with his success, he had a generous and warm heart, and blessed so many people throughout the years. He will be greatly missed, but we are honored to carry on his legacy. On behalf of Robert, we want to acknowledge all of our customers: you are all part of our Modern Pools family. We are so blessed to be able to share our family with you, as you come to our store for all of your pool and spa needs. As you continue to walk through our doors, we strive to bless you with the same kindness and warmth bestowed by our beloved Robert.
We would like to extend our sincerest gratitude to the staff at the Philip Hulitar Hospice Center. Their warmth and care helped usher our Robert to Heaven in a truly special way.