Obituaries 03-03-2021

Virginia “Ginger” Skoczylas

Of Winthrop, formerly of East Boston

Virginia “Ginger” (Ruggiero) Skoczylas of Winthrop, formerly of East Boston. passed away peacefully surrounded by her loving family on February 27 at the age of 78.

The devoted mother of Joseph Skoczylas and his wife, Michele (Pittman) of Winthrop, she was the cherished grandmother of Joseph Robert, Michael Carmen and Ryan James Skoczylas, all of Winthrop; dear sister of Lois Bartolomi and her husband, Tony and the late Francine D’Andrea. 

Family and friends will honor Virginia’s life by gathering at the Ruggiero Family Memorial Home, 971 Saratoga St., East Boston on Saturday, March 6 from 8:30 to 9:30 a.m. followed by a funeral procession to St. John the Evangelist Church Winthrop St., Winthrop for a 10 a.m. Funeral Mass. Services will conclude with Virginia being laid to rest at Holy Cross Cemetery. Flowers appreciated or memorial donations may be made to St. Jude Childrens Hospital 262 Danny Thomas Place Memphis, TN. For more information or to send an online condolence, visit

Joseph(DeGuglielmo) Williams

Military veteran, attorney, avid golfer, loving husband and father

Joseph “Digger” (DeGuglielmo) Williams of Malden, 79, peacefully passed away of natural causes on February 22. 

He was predeceased by his parents, Joseph DeGuglielmo and Maria Assunta (Januario) DeGuglielmo of Revere; his siblings Victor DeGuglielmo, Carmine DeGuglielmo, Lucy Cifuni and Jeannie “Chickie” Carbone and wife Lana Canavan Williams.  He is survived by his children: Robert DeGulielmo, Matthew Williams, Amy Neal and grandchildren, Jake Neal and Rebecca Neal. 

Joe attended Revere High School, received his undergraduate degree at Boston College, and graduated from Suffolk Law School.  He was a military veteran, attorney, avid golfer, loving husband, and father. Throughout his life he remained close to his high school and college friends who describe him as unselfish, generous, gregarious, close to brilliant, unwavering, faithful and an all-star athlete.  His childhood dream was to play third base for the Boston Red Sox. Joe spent many years in Bedford, NH raising a family with Lana while running a successful law practice.  He formed life-long relationships with neighbors, friends, and business partners. 

At Joe’s request, no service will be held.  Donations may be made to the Revere Beach Partnership, or the American Cancer Society,  For guest book please visit 

Laurence Coughlin

Of East Boston

Laurence C. Coughlin, 70, of East Boston, passed away on February 22.

A US Army Vietnam veteran, he was the beloved husband of Lorraine (Basile) Coughlin, cherished son of the late Rena (Gilbride) Coughlin, loving father of Rena DiPrisco and her husband, Victor of Winthrop and Christopher Coughlin and his wife, Christine of Wilmington; adored grandfather of Carmen and Nickolas DiPrisco and James and Jake Coughlin; dear brother of James Coughlin and Mary Johnston, both of East Boston and the late Judith Morgan, Michael, Kathleen, Gerard and Martin Coughlin. He is also survived by many nieces, nephews and cousins.

Funeral arrangements were by Vazza’s “Beechwood” Funeral Home, 262 Beach St., Revere. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Laurence’s name to The Salvation Army 147 Berkeley St., Boston, MA 02116-5197.

Charles Amirault

Of East Boston

Charles G. Amirault of East Boston passed away on Monday, February 22 at the age of 63. 

The loving son of the late Charles and Mary (Doherty) Amirault, he was the devoted father of Shane Amirault of Addison, Texas; dear brother of Kathleen Murphy and her husband, Thomas of Woburn and the late Stephen P. and Michael C. Amirault and the cherished uncle of Jean Paul Montgomery, Stephen Montgomery, Sean Amirault, Shane Amirault and Andrew Murphy. He is also survived by many loving cousins. 

In accordance with the Amirault family’s wishes, all services will be private. Memorial donations can be made to the MSPCA, Attention: Donations, 350 South Huntington Avenue, Boston, MA 02130. To leave an online condolence visit

John Alesio Perrella Jr.,

MBTA retiree

John Alesio Perrella, Jr., lifelong resident of Revere, died on February 24 surrounded by his loving family at the age of 71. 

John relished the time he spent with his family and would do anything for them.  He was a driver and collector for the M.B.T.A. before his retirement. John enjoyed the countless trips he took with his friends on his Harley Davidson. He will be truly missed by all who knew him. 

Born in Revere on April 30, 1949 to Marie (Frongillo) of Revere and the late John Perrella, he was the beloved husband of 36 years to the late Janis (Wood).  John has spent the last 12 years with his partner, Diane Selvitella.  He was the devoted father of Lori Farrington of Connecticut, Leanne Perrella and her fiancé, Robert Pagliarulo of New Hampshire, Anthony Perrella and his fiancé, Michelle Onessimo of Rever, and the late John Perrella III; dear brother of Janice Modica of East Boston and Kenneth Perrella and his wife, Nancy of Revere and the cherished grandfather of 10.  He is also survived by many loving aunts, uncles, nieces, and nephews. 

Funeral arrangements were entrusted the Paul Buonfiglio & Sons-Bruno Funeral Home, Revere.  Interment was in Woodlawn Cemetery.  For guest book, please visit 

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