Silvio arrived in North America in 1912 travelling from his residence in Germany with friend Abramo Dal Col. In 1922 he married Rosa Ducharme who came to Kelowna from North Dakota. Silvio operated a shoe and harness repair shop that was eventually taken over by his nephew Renato Vaccaro (Renata Turri). Silvio and Rosa had four children: Silvia (Lukonsly), Maria, Beattrice (Nichols) and Ida (Blaley). Their home on Burtch Road was well known for its colourful display of portulaca that grew out to the road.