Obituaries 10-26-2016

James ‘Jay’ Walsh

Of Stoneham, formerly of East Boston

James “Jay” Walsh of Stoneham, formerly of East Boston, passed away peacefully on October 15.

Jay was an active member of the East Boston Little League for many years. He was also a member of the Knights of Columbus #2962 and a long time employee of the Polaroid Corporation.

The loving son of the late James N. and Mildred D. (Milroy) Walsh, he was the devoted husband of Soghra Walsh.

Family and friends will honor Jay’s life by gathering on Friday, October 28 from 9 to 10:30 a.m. in the Ruggiero Family Memorial Home, 971 Saratoga Street (Orient Heights) East Boston before leaving in procession to the Saint Joseph – Saint Lazarus Church, 59 Ashley Street, East Boston for a Funeral Mass in celebration of Jay’s life at 11 a.m. Services will conclude with Jay being laid to rest in Lindenwood Cemetery, 60 Montvale Ave., Stoneham 02180.  For complimentary transportation to the funeral home for visitation, please call 617-569-0990. For more information, please visit

Rocco Ursino

Of Revere

Rocco Ursino of Revere died peacefully on October 14.

The loving son of Nicola and and late Mirella (Ferrraro) Ursino, he was the dear brother of Laura DeCologero and her husband, Paul of Revere and Danielle Ursino Munro of Wakefield; cherished uncle of Isabella, Dante, Caden and Gwen and is also survived by his adored canines Mico, Mia, Chico and Rico.

Family and friends will honor Rocco’s life by gathering at the Immaculate  Conception Church, Beach Street, Revere on Saturday, October 29  from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. for a period of  memorial visitation followed by a memorial  funeral mass in celebration of Rocco’s life at 10:30 a.m. Arrangements are with the personal care of Ruggiero Family Memorial Home 617 569 0990. For more information, visit:

Irvin Goldstein

Of Florida, formerly of Winthrop

Irvin Goldstein of Palm Beach, Florida, formerly of Winthrop, died on October 13.

Mr. Goldstein, who had a shoe repair shop on Chelsea Street in East Boston, worked many years on a committee for the replenishment of Winthrop Beach.

He is survived by his wife, Gloria, sons Steven and Alan, daughter-in law, Renee and grandchildren, Eric, Rebecca and Alicia Goldstein.

Kenneth ‘Kenny’ Edward Silanskas

Outstanding actor, accomplished singer, published playwright, and pre-show finalist for American Idol

Kenneth Edward “Kenny” Silanskas of Nashua, NH, formerly of East Boston, passed suddenly in the night on October 18.

Raised in East Boston, the beloved husband of Tegan E. (Cole) Silanskas and adored son of Anthony and Anne Kelley Silanskas of Nashua, he was an outstanding actor and accomplished singer.  Kenny performed across the country, touching everyone with his humor and unforgettable voice. The love and laughter that Kenny brought to this life via Joey and Maria’s Comedy Italian Wedding and his involvement with Boston area startup, Acquia, will be missed. In the suddenness of his passing, there are no words to describe the devastating loss that his family and friends feel.

A published playwright and a pre-show finalist for American Idol, Kenny’s presence lit up the stage and each one of our hearts and it there is where his laughter will resound. His imprint on those he mentored during his career and those he loved during his life will be forever cherished.

Kenny was a graduate of Boston Latin School and went on to attend Bridgewater State College, Bunker Hill Community College and Nashua Community College, where he graduated. A born problem-solver, Kenny was a talented student recognized on the honor roll and the Dean’s List throughout his education.

His wake will be held today, Wednesday, October 26 from 4 to 8 p.m. at the Magrath Funeral Home, 325 Chelsea St, East Boston with the funeral to follow on Thursday morning at the Sacred Heart Church in East Boston where Kenny received his first communion.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Kenny’s name to the Boston Children’s Theater, Benjamin Franklin Institute, 41 Berkeley St, Boston, MA 02116, where he got his start as a young actor, playing the Cowardly Lion in the Wizard of Oz. To send condolences to the family, please go to

Jose Rafael Conde

Of East Boston

Jose Rafael Conde of East Boston passed away peacefully at home surrounded by his loving family on Friday morning, October 21.

He was the beloved husband of the late Teresa (Garzon) Conde; devoted father of Ana, Patricia, Rafael Conde, Doris Rivera, Fernando Conde, and the late Martha Ruiz; cherished grandfather of 13 grandchildren and six great-grandchildren.

Funeral arrangements were entrusted to the Ruggiero Family Memorial Home (Orient Heights) East Boston. Cremation services were private. For more information, please visit


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