Eileen R. (Mellor) Perry

April 13, 2011

EILEEN R. (MELLOR) PERRY- in Woburn, Wednesday, April 13th, at home. Beloved wife of Frederick J. Perry Jr. Devoted mother of Frederick J. Perry III and his wife Leigh of Dorchester, Daniel Perry and his wife Lynn of Lexington, Brian J. Perry and his wife Corrine Dupre of Holland, Eileen B. Galvin and her husband, the Honorable Mayor Scott Galvin of Woburn, Pamela A. Connolly and her husband David of Woburn and the late Mark E. Perry. Dear sister of Thomas, Stephen, Maureen and Katherine Mellor, all of Quincy, Barbara Colarossi of FL, Veronica Harrington of Easton and the late George Mellor. Loving grandmother of nineteen grandchildren: Ryan, Shane, Kyle, Cameron, Alana, Brian Jr., Sean and Brianna Perry, Emilie and Nicholas Vallez, Kayla, Alexi, Robert, and MacKenzie Galvin, Cory, Cole, Cassandra, Chad and Cassidy Connolly. Also survived by many loving nieces and nephews. A Funeral will be held from the Lynch-Cantillon Funeral Home, 263 Main Street, Woburn on Saturday, April 16th at 11:15 a.m., followed by a Funeral Mass in St. Joseph’s Church, 100 Washington Street, East Woburn at 12 Noon. Calling hours will be held on Friday from 3 to 8 pm. Interment in Woodbrook Cemetery, Woburn. Donations may be made in Mrs. Perry’s memory to the VNA of Middlesex-East & Visiting Nurse Hospice, 607 North Avenue, Suite 17, Wakefield, MA 01880 or to the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation International,26 Broadway, 14th Floor,New York, NY 10004.

OBITUARY:

Eileen (Mellor) Perry passed away at her home Wednesday morning, April 13th. The beloved wife of Frederick J. Perry, Jr., she was sixty-nine years of age.

Born in Boston, she was the daughter of the late George and Barbara (Faherty) Mellor. She was raised in Dorchester and was a graduate of Gates of Heaven High School in South Boston. Following high school she married her childhood sweetheart, Fred Perry. They had played together as children, dated in high school and married shortly there after.

Together they spent the next fifty-one years dedicated to each other and their six beautiful children. In the early sixties they had moved to the South End of Woburn and in 1967 to East Woburn, where they settled right in. Bringing six children into the world kept Mrs. Perry very busy, and she never slowed down.

Always invested in her children’s educational and sporting activities, she was a very familiar face at all the fields, wrestling mats, rinks , basketball courts, and educational institutions. Having four sons and two daughters who all enjoyed sports, Mrs. Perry advocated for and was the charge force behind the Woburn Youth Girls Softball for the City of Woburn. This program, as a result of Mrs. Perry’s hard work and dedication, has grown to very significant numbers over the years. Her sons had been quite active in wrestling while in high school, and the coach at the time had a very special award for Mrs. Perry and inducted her into the “Wrestling Hall of Fame” at Woburn High School.

Over the years Mrs. Perry also worked at New England Memorial Hospital as a Nurse’s Assistant, and in later years had been a medical assistant.

During the last several winters she and Mr. Perry had the good fortune of traveling to Florida for several weeks. The spring months she was actively involved in preparing her gardens in the yard for a color burst of flowers throughout the summer and fall. All throughout the year she and her husband cherished their visits to Gloucester, with walks on the beach, sitting on the rocks and capturing beautiful sunsets across the ocean.

Lovingly known as “Grammy,” or “Gammy,” she was always very special to her grandchildren. They would visit her on a daily basis, always enjoying the comfort of their visits and learning from her new thoughts and ideas on just about anything.

In everything Mrs. Perry began throughout her lifetime, she totally invested herself. From learning about ipods, iphones, and computers, she had always managed to find out everything there was to know about anything she needed to learn and eventually became the resident expert. For all holidays her house would be decorated from the tip of the roof to the back hall light. Their home was always the gathering spot to celebrate. When Mrs. Perry was told of her son in law’s decision to enter public service, she immediately became the campaign manager and set the organization in motion to “elect Scott Galvin.” Alderman or Mayor, her energy and time was totally invested for all his campaigns, and once again never wavered in her dedication and spirit.

Mrs. Perry will long be remembered for her love of family and friends. Once her friend, you were always her friend, as was shown at their recent fiftieth anniversary party. Her elementary and high school chums from Dorchester were all there, and have always been there throughout her lifetime. Her poetry was phenomenal. Extremely creative for all occasions, she would dedicate a poem that she would write to each one of her family members, expressing her thoughts, wishes and love for the loved one.

Sadly, she was predeceased by her son Mark, her brother, George Mellor, and her parents.

Mrs. Perry is lovingly survived by her husband, Frederick J. Perry, her children, Frederick J. Perry III and his wife Leigh of Dorchester, Daniel Perry and his wife Lynn of Lexington, Brian J. Perry and his wife Corrine Dupre of Holland, Eileen B. Galvin and her husband, the Honorable Mayor Scott Galvin of Woburn, and Pamela A. Connolly and her husband David of Woburn, her siblings, Thomas, Stephen, Maureen and Katherine Mellor, all of Quincy, Barbara Colarossi of FL, Veronica Harrington of Easton, and her grandchildren: Ryan, Shane, Kyle, Cameron, Alana, Brian Jr., Sean and Brianna Perry, Emilie and Nicholas Vallez, Kayla, Alexi, Robert, and MacKenzie Galvin, Cory, Cole, Cassandra, Chad and Cassidy Connolly.

A Funeral will be held from the Lynch-Cantillon Funeral Home, 263 Main Street, Woburn on Saturday, April 16th at 11:15 a.m., followed by a Funeral Mass in St. Joseph’s Church, 100 Washington Street, East Woburn at 12 Noon. Interment will follow in Woodbrook Cemetery, Woburn.

Calling hours will be held at the funeral home on Friday from 3 to 8 p.m.

Donations may be made in Mrs. Perry’s memory to the VNA of Middlesex-East & Visiting Nurse Hospice, 607 North Avenue, Suite 17, Wakefield, MA 01880 or to the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation International,26 Broadway, 14th Floor,New York, NY 10004.

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  1. From: Richard Polito

    Freddy i am very sorry to here about your mom, i wish you and your family well, give my condolences to your dad from me, i am very sorry that i could not make it.

  2. My condolences to the Perry family

    I will always have fond memories of how your mom made all us east Woburn boys feel welcome at thr
    Perry home.

    Ron Rose

  3. Fred and all, I am so sorry for your loss. I am thankful that I had the unique privilege to have called her a second mother and a friend. Sav

  4. Brian, My sincerest condolences to you and your family. It is never easy when one loses a loved one but as the days go by the pain will ease and you will have the loving memories of your mom with you forever. God will give you the strength to get you through the time ahead.
    Debbie G.
    Mon&Fri

  5. Paul and Betty Kelley
    Fred and Family, Please know how very sorry we were to hear
    of Eileen’s passing. You will
    be in our thoughts and prayers.
    Rest In Peace Dear Eileen!

  6. Bob&Connie Kriesen

    Fred and family
    Our deepest sympathy on the loss of your wife and mother Eileen.She was a dynamite lady and will be missed by all who knew her.

  7. Dear Perry Family, I would like to express my family’s deepest sympathy of the passing of your mom and wife. Please know that you are in our thoughts and prayers.

    Peter/Dawn Lennon and entire Lennon family.

  8. Our hearts are heavy for you all. Our thoughts and prayers are with.

    Michael McDonough and Susan McGuinness

  9. To all the “Perry’s”
    Your Mom was tha cousin closest in age to me and I have happy memories galore. I know you, too ,have many happy memories and I hope they will outweigh what you are feeling today.
    Love.
    Elaine(Fortune) O’Rourke

  10. Dear Brian , Heartfelt condolences to you and your family. There are no words I can think of to ease the pain you must be feeling. If there is anything I can do for you or your family just ask my friend… Sincerely, Howie and Rhonda

  11. Freddie and family

    My deepest sympathy to you all. Fred, I wish I could be there for you and yours as you were for my family with our losses.

    Jim P.

  12. Allen (AA) Andrews: To all the Perry family, I send my heart felt sympathy and deep regrets. May God bless her and keep her in His hands..

  13. Perry Family:

    Our thoughts are with you during this very difficult time. We are sorry for your loss. God Bless.

    The Orlandi Family

  14. To the perry family im so sorry for your loss.Your family has done so much for me. My Condolences to your famly

  15. Just let u how much your mother was loved by alot of people. I got to know your Mom at your wedding to Leigh and have the up most respect for your mom

  16. Leo F. & Elaine Mulcahy
    Our thoughts and prayers are with all the Perry Family. May the good Lord provide the necessary strength during your time of need.

  17. Paula DiRienzo & Boys,

    I hope that time and memories will help lessen the burden of your sorrow, and that you may draw some measure of comfort knowing that others care and share in your loss.

    We will always remember “Auntie Shorty”
    Zipping around in her custom little hot rod ride, nothing got in her way!!!!! LOL,
    xoxoxoxoxoxoxoxoxoxoxoxoxoxoxoxo

  18. To the Perry Family,

    I am so sorry for your loss. Your Mom was such a doll. I always enjoyed going over while she was cooking something fabulous! I still have a couple of her recipes that are our favorites! I especially loved Christmas-time and the beautifully decorated home. She always welcomed everyone in to her home as if we were all her own. She was a wonderful lady and a pleasure to have known.

    With love,
    Kathy (McManus) Otto

  19. Thanks for all the wonderful memories and for keeping us part of your family. I love you like a mother and will truly miss you. Poppy, Freddie, Danny, Brian, Eileen and Pam you are in my thoughts and prayers.
    Love,
    Maureen

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