Bedford John (B.J.) Silvey
January 20, 2019
With deep appreciation for his service to others, and commitment to Scouting, Powhatan district shares news of the passing of B.J. Silvey on January 19, 2019.
Over a lifetime of service, B.J. exemplified the model of strong citizenship, dedication, determination and dignity for Scouts and Scouters alike. Undaunted by setbacks in later years, he maintained his involvement in Scouting, sharing his enthusiasm and support when others might have retired to quieter pursuits. Some may even remember his participation on a weekend of community service in the woods – providing encouragement and instruction to Scouts even from the confines of a wheelchair.
As a youth, B.J. earned the rank of Eagle – an honor designed for those who dedicate themselves to Scouting’s highest ideals. As an adult, he served in numerous leadership roles both at the unit and district level. B.J. was recognized for his service to Scouting with the District Award of Merit (2004), Silver Beaver (2007), Commissioners Arrowhead Award (1980), Commissioners Key (1986), Outstanding Unit Commissioner Award (2010), and Distinguished Commissioner Service Award (1993, 2008).
A memorial service will be held on Saturday, February 16, at 11 a.m. at the United Christian Parish, 11508 North Shore Drive, Reston, VA 20190.