William E. Stygles

February 1, 2001

Stygles – in Woburn, February 1st, 2001, William E., beloved husband of the late Rosalie (Cullen) Stygles and the late Barbara E. (Marion) Stygles. Devoted father of Joan R. Stygles Hull and her husband Samuel Hull of Bedford, NH, Mary E. “Beth” Joyce and her husband John, and Lorraine J. Barry and her husband James, all of Reading, Anne P. Stygles and her husband Richard Lesczynski of Washington, DC, Janet E. Ferlisi and her husband Vincent, and Barbara J. Stygles, all of Woburn. Dear brother of Mary Crosta of Reading. Also survived by 8 grandchildren and many nieces and nephews. Funeral from the Lynch-Cantillon Funeral Home, 263 Main Street (Route 38), Woburn, on Monday, February 5th, at 9:45 a.m. Funeral mass in St. Charles Church, 280 Main Street, Woburn, at 10:30 a.m. Calling hours Sunday 4 to 8 p.m. Interment in Calvary Cemetery, Woburn. Donations may be made in Bill’s memory to the St. Charles School Library Fund, 8 Myrtle Street, Woburn, MA 01801. Late Army veteran, WW II, Late Veterans Agent for the City of Woburn.

William “Bill” Stygles, the Veterans Agent for the City of Woburn for almost thirty years until his retirement in April of 1993, passed away here on February 1st, 2001, following a lengthy illness. He was eighty years of age. Bill was well-known as a friend to the city’s war veterans. He was the husband of the late Rosalie (Cullen) Stygles, who died in 1959, and the late Barbara E. (Marion) Stygles, who died in 1990.

Born in Woburn, he was the son of the late William E. and Delia “Joyce” Stygles. He graduated from Woburn High School with the Class of 1937 and lived all his life in the “Mount Misery” section of the city. In his early years he was associated with the Passion Players Guild of Woburn and was a member of the cast and production staff. He was also a grand softball player. His favorite pitch was the “grapefruit”, which would appear only once during a game.

Bill joined the U.S. Army in 1943 and served as a member of the Army Engineers in the South Pacific during World War II. He returned briefly to his old job at Atlantic Gelatin following the war, spent three years working for the Woburn Press, two years for the Railway Mail Service, and seventeen years selling insurance for Metropolitan Life.

On August 20, 1963, Mayor Jack Gilgun made Stygles the veterans agent, which was then a part-time job. In February of 1969, he left Met Life when he was elected in Woburn to life tenure as the full-time veterans agent. He retired from the job in 1991, but the retirement lasted four months. Mayor John Rabbitt asked him to come back two days a week, which he did, retiring again in April of 1993. Stygles called his thirty years as a vets agent “the greatest job I ever had in my life. To have somebody come in practically crying – sometimes they were crying. And I could say, “just a minute, tell me what it’s all about. Then tell them, “I’m positive we can do something about it. And we can help financially in the meantime.”

Bill was active in St. Charles Parish, where he served as a lector, and was also a member of the Knights of Columbus, the Veterans of Foreign Wars, and the George Campbell Post 101 American Legion.

Surviving are six daughters: Joan R. Stygles Hull and her husband Samuel Hull of Bedford, NH, Mary E. “Beth” Joyce and her husband John, and Lorraine J. Barry and her husband James, all of Reading, Anne P. Stygles and her husband Richard Lesczynski of Washington, DC, Janet E. Ferlisi and her husband Vincent, and Barbara J. Stygles, all of Woburn.;

a sister, Mary Crosta of Reading;

eight grandchildren: Julie and Amanda Barry, John and Erin Joyce, Kate and Vincent Ferlisi, Jr., and Sean and Caitlin Lesczynski.

He also leaves several nieces and nephews.

The funeral will be held from the Lynch-Cantillon Funeral Home, 263 Main Street, Woburn, on Monday, February 5th, at 9:45 a.m., followed by a funeral mass in St. Charles Church, 280 Main Street, Woburn, at 10:30. Interment will follow in Calvary Cemetery, Woburn.

Calling hours at the funeral home will be on Sunday from 4 to 8 p.m.

Donations may be made in Bill’s memory to the St. Charles School Library Fund, 8 Myrtle Street, Woburn, MA 01801.

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