TREMONT — At age 92, Irving Silverman shows little sign of slowing down.
“I want to live to be 120,” he proclaims, and one tends to believe him.
Mr. Silverman, who has been a summer resident of the village of Bernard for close to 50 years, said his desire to live that long is not a matter of ego. Instead, he wants to continue his philanthropic ways as long as possible.
“If I live longer, I’ll be able to do more,” he explained.
He admits he’s been making donations to a variety of nonprofit agencies and healthcare facilities for well-on 40 years. Still, he’s unsatisfied.
“It’s not enough,” he said. “There’s more to do.”
One of the ways Mr. Silverman has raised money for his causes is by running Nancy Neale’s Collectible Shop, which sells antiques and collectibles and is named for his late wife. The shop is located on the first floor of a lighthouse-like building he owns on the western shore of Bass Harbor.
“It’s always been a not-for-profit shop,” he said.
Proceeds from the operation are divided between 30 charitable organizations in Maine. One of his top priorities is helping to support Hospice of Hancock County.
But, now, it’s time for a change, Mr. Silverman said recently. He wants to sell the business to an aspiring entrepreneur, perhaps someone who might be willing to continue his mission of giving back to the community.
“It’s a wrenching decision to give up the shop,” he said. “I certainly don’t intend to enrich myself. I’m looking for someone who has the vision and willingness to take this in its entirety.”