Mariana Pradier Silva

28-Sep-1958 - 04-Sep-2021

Obituary Overview

SILVA, Mariana Pradier


September 28, 1958 - September 4, 2021

It is hard to imagine this world without our small but very mighty force. Born and raised in Buenos Aires, Argentina, Mariana showed early on that she was bright, tenacious, fiercely independent, a devoted daughter and sister, and was here to make a mark. She came to Canada with a medical degree in hand and a mission of her own. She took on a residency at BC Children’s Hospital, made Canada home, raised a family, and became a physician at the Kingston Health Sciences Centre, a role she delighted in for over 30 years.

Dr. Silva was a dedicated Pediatrician, Hematologist and Oncologist serving Southeastern Ontario, and a Professor at Queens University. Her life’s work, more accurately described as a ‘calling’, had an immensely positive impact on countless children, their families, and colleagues. Her tireless commitment went beyond hospital walls and included serving on committees, boards and associations that focused on advancing healthcare for children in Ontario, Canada and internationally.

The steadfast CEO of a boisterous and welcoming Spanglish household, she championed her children to take on new opportunities and pursue their own adventures. Her ability to tell it like it is and her love of international travel, reading and sudoku have already proven to be genetic. She is remembered for her boundless energy, realistic optimism, competitive spirit, and an unwavering ability to face challenges head on. You could always count on her to have a perfectly put together and colourful outfit, with a signature scarf, and to play a mean game of tennis, cards, or scrabble.

Lovingly remembered by her mother Marta Piñeiro de Pradier and predeceased by her father Roberto Pradier; siblings Marlene (Diego Escarrá), Roberto Andrés, Martin (Louise Jourdain) and Silvina; children Agustina (Matthew Herrndorf), Tomás (Meghann Cox) and Alexia (Dylan Tynan O'Mahony); many nieces/nephews, aunts/uncles and cousins; former spouse Guillermo Silva and extended family; friends; colleagues; patients and their families.

We wish to thank her close friends and colleagues for their companionship; and those at St Lawrence Place, Providence Care and KHSC for their compassionate care.

The family will receive friends at Robert J. Reid & Sons Funeral Home, 309 Johnson Street (at Barrie Street) on Saturday, September 18, 2021 between the hours of 9:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. A Private family Funeral Service and interment will follow. ** Anyone wishing to attend the visitation please contact the funeral home at (613) 548-7973 to pre-register your attendance between 9-4 pm daily. Entry will be strictly limited to registered visitors attending at their confirmed time-frame only. All pandemic protocols are being followed and respected; masks are required, social distancing is to be respected and maintained. **

To honour Mariana’s wishes, the family asks that in lieu of flowers, donations be made in her memory to the Kingston Tennis Club, Clubhouse Restoration project. To make such a gift, please email donations@kingstontennisclub.com to receive information about making a memorial donation.

Mariana Pradier Silva


She is remembered for her boundless energy, realistic optimism, competitive spirit, and an unwavering ability to face challenges head on.


You could always count on her to have a perfectly put together and colourful outfit, with a signature scarf, and to play a mean game of tennis, cards, or scrabble.

Funeral Details

  • Visitation

    Robert J. Reid & Sons "The Chapel on the Corner"

    Event Times:

    18-Sep-2021 9:30 AM - 1:30 PM

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Posted by Jessika Halpern | 08-Jan-2022


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Posted by Beth Cairney | 17-Sep-2021


I was so sorry to hear about Mariana's passing. I have known Mariana for many years, I think since early 1995 when I first joined the Camp Trillium Board, but also in many other areas, the POGO board for a few years , and then COG meetings, part of the Canadian group there. I was always so impressed, as someone also working in a smaller centre, at all the areas that Mariana was involved in, no idea how she was able to give so much time and energy. Mariana and I were both members of the Medical committee of Camp Trillium and she was in charge of that committee for the majority of the time I was involved, so the main person called by the nurses at camp. When her death was mentioned at a recent Medical committee for the joint Trillium-Ooch organization, I was asked to pass on condolences on behalf of the committee. Mariana was a big part of determining standards for cancer camping across Canada, and camp is so important to so many of our patients and survivors, an ongoing legacy. When I heard of Mariana's death, I passed the information on to other members of the Camp Trillium board from an old email, just to make sure that all knew, and got so many email's back with memories of her work at Camp. Some of the comments to my email notification: - Mariana was a great lady, and I will remember her fondly for the work she did with Camp. A firecracker of a lady who was very giving of her time. - Thank you for the update. She was a lovely person and a great asset to the Board. Again, my condolences to family, I know she will be greatly missed., but remembered by all of us.

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