Obituaries 07-06-2022

Joseph M. Giugliano

November 21, 1977- June 18, 2022

Family and friends are respectfully invited to attend a Memorial Funeral Service today, Wednesday, July 6, at 11 a.m. in the New Hope Assembly of God Church, 9 Assembly Dr., Saugus, for Joseph M. “Joey” Giugliano, 44, who died unexpectedly on Saturday, June 18 at his home in East Boston. Interment will immediately follow in Woodlawn Cemetery, Everett.

Joey was a lifelong resident of East Boston. He was educated in Boston Public Schools and was a graduate of East Boston High School, Class of 1995.    

Joey worked in construction, in which he specialized in roofing, water and sewer, curbing and sidewalks. During his working career, Joey worked for several well-known construction companies. During the few years while he worked for his uncle Sal at Giugliano Corp., he was chosen to be an extra in the movie Mystic River and he also worked on set for the movie Mystic River.

Joey was also very proud of his daughter and son.

He loved them unconditionally and always wanted to see them succeed and follow their dreams.

The loving and proud father of Aliseya Bella Giugliano and Joe Bello Giugliano, both of East Boston, he was the beloved son of Claudia (DiGirolamo) Giugliano and the late Federico “Jerry” Giugliano of East Boston; cherished brother of Federico “Freddy,” Anthony, Jerry “Jay” and Antonietta Giugliano, all of East Boston; dear nephew of Giuseppe Giugliano and his late wife, Alfonsina of Boxford, Salvatore Giugliano and his wife, Gilfroia “Jill” of Lynnfield, Barbara DiGirolamo and the late Dora Ragucci; special uncle of Bryan, Mckayla, Danny, Anthony, Joann and Josslyn In lieu of flowers, remembrances may be made to New Hope Assembly of God, 9 Assembly Drive, Saugus, MA 01906.     

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Funeral Arrangements entrusted to the care and direction of the Vertuccio & Smith, Home for Funerals, Revere.

Columbia Guarino

Unconditional Love for Her Family Was Matched by No Other

Columbia Guarino of East Boston passed away at home on June 27 with her beloved family at her bedside. Columbia was only 76 years old.

Columbia was born in Mirabella-Eclano Italy on April 9, 1946 to Giuseppe and Maria Grazia Guarino and emigrated to the United States at the age of three. She was raised in Boston’s North End and later moved to East Boston with her family where she eventually married her beloved husband, Raffaele. Columbia was proud to call East Boston home her entire life. Columbia was a devoted wife, mother, sister, sister-in-law, grandmother, aunt, great-aunt, niece, and cousin whose heart, soul and strength is without words. Her unconditional love for her family was matched by no other.

The loving daughter of the late Giuseppe and Maria Grazia Guarino and the beloved wife of over 52 years of the late Raffaele Guarino, she was the devoted and loving mother of Lucille Gerardi and her husband, Joseph of Burlington, Vincent Guarino of West Peabody and Elaina Guarino of East Boston; dear sister of  Lorraine Orlando, Michael Guarino, Anthony Guarino, and Joseph Guarino, all of East Boston and the late Henry Guarino and cherished grandmother of Michael, Dariana, Antonio, Corey, Marco, and Joey. She is also survived by many loving nieces, nephews, cousins and aunt and uncle. 

Family and friends honored Columbia’s life by gathering at the Ruggiero Family Memorial Home, 971 Saratoga Street, (Orient Heights) East Boston, on Friday, July 1 before leaving in procession to Saint Joseph – Saint Lazarus Church, East Boston for a Funeral Mass celebrating Columbia’s life. Services concluded with Columbia being laid to rest with her beloved husband, Ralph at Holy Cross Cemetery, Malden. May they rest in peace. 

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the Parkinson’s Foundation, 200 SE 1st Street Suite 800, Miami FL 33131. To leave an online condolence please visit

Annmarie Melito

Commonwealth of Mass Retiree

Annmarie V. (Palermo) Melito of Danvers, formerly of East Boston, died recently.

Annmarie was the former president of Saint Agrippina Women’s Society of the North End and former secretary of the Daughters of Italy. She was an employee of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts for 30 years.

The beloved wife of 56 years of Frank Melito, she was the devoted mother of Lisa Mustacchio and her husband, Nicholas “Nicky” of Danvers and Frank and his wife, Christine of West Medford; loving daughter of the late Ignazio “Eddie” Palermo and Carmella (Testa) Palermo; devoted nana of Little Frankie, Kelsi, Jillian, Anthony, Nicholas Jr. and Meghan. She is also survived by many loving nieces, nephews and two special God-daughters.

Family and friends will honor Annmarie’s life by gathering at the Ruggiero Family Memorial Home, 10 Chestnut Street, Peabody on Sunday, July 10 from 3 to 7 p.m. and again on Monday morning, July 11 at 8 a.m. before leaving in procession to St. Joseph- St. Lazarus Church in East Boston for a mass at 11 a.m. Services will conclude with Annmarie being laid to rest at Puritan Lawn Memorial Park in Peabody. Flowers are appreciated or memorial donations can be made in Annmarie’s name to Boston Higashi School- Autism, 800 N Main Street, Randolph, MA 02368. To leave an online condolence  visit

Paul “Chuckles” Mackey

Of East Boston

Paul J. “Chuckles” Mackey of East Boston died suddenly on June 21 at Massachusetts General Hospital with his family at his side.

The beloved father of Sarah and Sabrina Mackey, he is survived by his wife, Touria Rosfi. He was the brother of Donna Mackey, Judith Mackey, Melinda Burroughs and the late Robyn and Lynn Mackey and the son of the late Evelyn (Hoey) Mackey and John “JB” Burroughs and is also survived by many nieces, nephews and other relatives and friends.

Visiting will be in the Magrath Funeral Home, 336 Chelsea St. [at Day Sq] East Boston today, Wednesday, July 6 from 5 to 7 p.m. with a Prayer Service at 6:30 p.m.  Relatives and friends are invited.

In lieu of flowers, donations in his memory to either the American Heart Assn. or a charity of your choice would be appreciated. Please leave messages of condolence for the family on his Tribute Page at

Lillian I. Tirrell

Longtime Employee of the Boston School Department and Boston Teachers Union

Lillian I. (Picatiello) Tirrell, 87, devoted wife, mother, grandmother, great-grandmother and friend. A friend to many and loved by all who knew her, Lillian was a loyal employee of the Boston School Department for 26 years and a proud member of the Boston Teachers Union (BTU).

Her time with the school department began with court ordered busing in the city of Boston. Serving in school security, as a paraprofessional and librarian, Lillian treated every student who walked through the doors as one of her own. Inspired by her beloved aunt, the late Evelyn Morash, community and safety where something she cared about very deeply and offered her gifts so that every child she interacted with felt safe, welcomed, and valued. She was a loved colleague of East Boston High School where she served as building rep for the BTU.

Devoted to her family in every way, she was always there and the first to offer support. Ever the mother, the safety of her family was foremost. “Be safe out here,” “Be careful driving,” or her famous “Watch out!” were always the last thing you heard as you went out the door. Each of her children, grandchildren, and great grandchildren were her world. With the advent of cell phones, this meant you were always within her grasp no matter where you were, far and near. “Where are you?” she would say. Sending cards and calling friends who were ill, she always kept in touch. Wakes of neighbors or weddings of former students, it was hard for her to go anywhere without someone not knowing her. Her quick sense of humor and colorful personality were never in short supply neither was her big laugh.

Devoted to her family and community, she possessed a quiet generosity and deep faith. Her devotion to St. Anthony was legendary and she would always say “Pray to St. Anthony!” She said her prayers every night, remembering those who were sick, the dying, the faithful departed, or just down and out, she was always for the underdog. As she would say, “I just want everyone to be “Safe, happy and healthy.”

Lillian will be greatly missed and forever loved. We say not in grief she is no longer with us, but rather we live and thankfulness for all that she was.

Lillian was the beloved wife of 60 years of the late Donald F. Tirrell; devoted mother of Henry Tirrell and his late wife, Sharon of Winthrop, Gary Tirrell and Lynne Barbarisi, both of East Boston; dear sister of Alice Pagliaro and her late husband, Frank of Medford, Thomas of Dallas, TX and Henry “Pic” and his wife, Deborah of Wappinger Falls, NY. Nana of Jessica Pumphret of Winthrop, Reverend Father Corey Bassett-Tirrell of Framingham and Derek Tirrell, Gabriella and Carina Barbarisi, all of East Boston; adored great-grandmother of Ava and Joseph Pumphret. She is also survived by her loving nieces and nephews and she was the niece of the late Evelyn Morash.

Family and friends will honor Lillian by gathering on Thursday, July 7 at the Ruggiero Family Memorial Home, 971 Saratoga St. (Orient Heights), East Boston from 9:30 to 1130 a.m. before leaving in procession to St. Anthony of Padua Church, 250 Revere Street, Revere for a Funeral Mass at 12 noon.

Memorial donations may be made to Cross Road Shelter, 56 Havre St., East Boston. 02128.

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