Obituaries 01-06-2022

Douglas Wood-Boyle

True Renaissance Man

The friends and family of Douglas “Doug” Wood-Boyle bade a final farewell to one of the most enlightened humans to grace their lives.  Remembered as a true Renaissance Man, Doug’s funeral service and life celebration was held recently at the United Parish of Auburndale, MA. 

He passed away October 18, 2021 after a short illness. He was the husband of Linda Wood-Boyle for 34 years, making their home in Dorchester for the past 20 years. They were partners from the start and he readily added Linda’s last name to his as an outward sign of that connection.

He was the son of the late Neal Boyle of Malden and the late Catherine (Rogers) Boyle of Everett and is survived by his brother, Neal and his wife, Sandy, as well as nieces, nephews, grand-nieces and grand-nephews and the many friends who loved him dearly. He was preceded in death by his brother, Lt. Colonel David Boyle.

Born in Everett, Doug grew up in Malden and Lynn. He graduated from Lynn English High School and earned an Associate’s Degree from Leland Powers School of Communication. After graduation, he spent the next decade in radio, as well as touring throughout the country with a professional Children’s Theater Group.  

When not touring, he worked security (with his canine companion) for several large companies in the Boston area.

While working security, he began to freelance for several local newspapers, and that’s where he found his true passion. He wrote for the Prime Times of Saugus, the Daily Times-Chronicle of Wakefield and Reading, the Chelsea Record and the Saugus Advertiser. Doug eventually became the editor of the Saugus Advertiser and the Wakefield Daily Times-Chronicle. He later served as the senior writer for the Middlesex East weekly publication, telling local human interest stories.           

He was known for his ability to get people to trust him and open up to him and share their stories. He was genuinely interested in the person he interviewed and really listened to them. After retiring from newspapers, Doug worked as a public relations consultant for local cable access stations, including at the Wakefield Community Access Cable Channel. He also worked as freelance editor, photographer and food enthusiast for local newspapers and magazines in the Boston area.

In addition to his professional work, Doug served as a volunteer for many non-profits, including Recording for the Blind, SPAN, Inc., The United Parish of Auburndale, and several LGBTQ organizations.

Doug loved to perform in community theater groups, and if his arm was slightly twisted, would sing when requested. He and Linda shared that love of music and singing, another bond that sealed them in this life. He enjoyed traveling, any activity on the ocean, reading, and old and new friendships. He also deeply valued his relationships with family. Doug embraced everyone he met with humor and love, and the space he left behind is filled with memories of good times and good conversations. 

Donations in Doug’s memory can be made to the  Outreach Fund, c/o the United Parish of Auburndale, 64 Hancock Street, Newton, MA 02466.

Funeral services were coordinated by the Burke and Blackington Funeral Home in Newton, MA.

Richard Doucette

August 22, 1959 – December 26, 2021

Richard Doucette passed away on Sunday, December 26 at the Good Samaritan Hospital in Brockton, He was 64 years old. 

Born in Boston and raised in Chelsea, he was the beloved son of the late John E. and Marjorie (Littlejohn) Doucette.  Richard attended local schools in Chelsea and graduated from Chelsea High School in 1975. 

He worked as a print shop laborer for Artco Printing in Canton and was a hockey referee at Hockey Town USA in Saugus for several years. 

He resided in Chelsea and Everett for most of his life and in Bridgewater for the past 15 years.

In his lifetime, Richard enjoyed listening to music, was an all-around Boston sports fan and he enjoyed watching anything that involved a ball or a puck. He also enjoyed candlepin bowling in his spare time.

He was the beloved father of Lauren Doucette and her companion, Steven Moreno of Braintree and Daniel Doucette and his companion, Danielle Frongillo of Melrose and the cherished grandfather of Vivian Doucette.  He was the dear brother of MaryAnne Beck and her late husband, James of Bridgewater, Robert Doucette and his wife, Patricia of Chelsea, Ronald Doucette of Bridgewater, Diane Gonzalez and her late husband, Andre of Easley, SC, Eleanor “Ellen” Grungo and her husband, John of Middleboro, Patricia Gibbons of Everett and Barbara Bessette and her husband, Scott of Lakeville.  He is also survived by many loving nieces, nephews, extended family members and friends.

A memorial gathering and celebration of Richards’ life will be held at a later date. 

Should friends desire, contributions in Richard’s name may be made to a charity of their choice

For online guest book or to send expressions of sympathy, please visit: www.WelshFH.com

Thomas Michalski

July 16, 1936 – December 15, 2021

Thomas J Michalski, 85, passed away on Wednesday, December 15 at Care One, Peabody after a brief illness.  

He was born in Chelsea on July 16, 1936 and was a devoted son of the late Henry Michalski and Helen M (Grabowski) Michalski Janeck.  Tommy was educated in Chelsea schools attending St. Stanislaus Elementary School, Williams Junior High School, and graduated from Chelsea High School, Class of 1953.  

As a boy, Tommy worked for Pure White Laundry and Eagle Shoe until he was drafted into the US Army on September 8, 1959.  He was Honorably Discharged at the rank of SPF 4 on November 8, 1963, after serving our country in Korea.  He earned a citation for Marksman (Rifle) and a Good Conduct Medal. 

As a young man Tommy worked several jobs including at the Chelsea Soldiers Home and eventually retired from the Stop & Shop Bakery in Boston where he was a member of the Bakery and Confectionery Union, Local 348. 

In his spare time, he raised and trained homing pigeons, enjoyed going to Wonderland Dog Track and became an avid pool player when he moved to Billerica 35 years ago.  He enjoyed playing cards with his brother, Mickey and sisters, Linda and Dot and listening to 60’s and 70’s music.

Tommy was the beloved brother of Walter “Mickey” Michalski and his wife, Gail of Billerica, Dorothy Young of Revere, Linda Michalski Hartman of Chelsea, Joanne Waters and her husband, Don of North Reading, and Joseph Michalski of Charlestown.  He was predeceased by two sisters, Patricia Waters and Henrietta Greenlaw.  He was also the loving and devoted uncle to several nieces and nephews and will be greatly missed by all.

Private Services and Military Honors were held at the Welsh Funeral Home, Chelsea. Contributions in Tommy’s name can be made to a charity of their choice.

For online guest book or to send expressions of sympathy, please visit: www.WelshFH.com.

Severino “Sam” Moscatelli

March 4, 1932 – December 30, 2021

Severino “Sam” M. Moscatelli, a resident of Chelsea for over 50 years, passed away on Thursday, December 30 at the age of 89.  Sam was receiving supportive care at the Leonard Florence Center for Living for the past few weeks, living courageously with complications from a stroke he endured a month earlier.

Born and raised in East Boston, he was one of ten children of the late Michael and Felicia (Rispoli) Moscatelli.  

Sam attended schools in East Boston, completing the 11th grade at the High School, when he enlisted into the US Army.  He served in the US Army during the Korean Conflict and was honorably discharged in 1954 at the rank of Corporal.

After returning home, he began working at American Optical in Chelsea.  There he met Rita Alma Gallant.  They married in 1956, sharing 62 years of love and devotion, together raising their family of a daughter and three sons, while residing for many years in Chelsea’s Mill Hill neighborhood.

Sam continued working at Columbia Packing Co. in Boston for 28 years, When the company closed, Sam began working with Custodial Services at the Chelsea Soldiers Home and later with Eastpointe Nursing and Rehabilitation Center until taking full retirement. 

In his lifetime, Sam enjoyed numerous trips to Atlantic City, Foxwoods, and Las Vegas with Rita.  He was an avid sports fan for all the Boston teams and followed Duke College Basketball and the Alabama Crimson Tide college football team.

Sam could always be depended on to help his family volunteering to assist in house projects for his children.  He would frequently and joyously attend his grandchildren’s many events.

In addition to his parents, Sam was also predeceased by all his siblings: Mary Tramonte, Thomas Moscatelli, Laura Nocito, Rose Puglise, Rita Moscatelli, Evelyn Mitchell, Antoinette Feloni, Michael Moscatelli, Margaret Costantini and his granddaughter, Alyssa Nanopoulos. Sam was widowed by the passing of his beloved, Rita A. (Gallant) Moscatelli in 2019.  He was the devoted father of Nancy Nanopoulos and her husband, Andy of Wakefield, Tommy Moscatelli, Sr. and his wife, Donna of Newton, Robert Moscatelli and his wife, Audrey of Phoenix, AZ, and Bruce Moscatelli and his wife Nicole of Lynn. He was the cherished grandfather of Tom Moscatelli, Jr. and his wife, Kelly of Chapel Hill, NC, Christopher Moscatelli and his wife, Korey of Stoughton, Michael Nanopoulos of Wakefield, Nicole Moscatelli of Malden, and Anthony Moscatelli of Newton; adored great-grandfather of Kyla and Cameron Moscatelli.  He is also survived by many loving nieces, nephews, grand nieces, and nephews, and extended family members and friends.

Relatives and friends are most kindly invited to attend his Funeral Mass by gathering at the Immaculate Conception Church, 133 Beach St., Revere on Friday, January 7 at 11:30 a.m.  Attendees are required to wear face masks while in the church and physical distancing is advised.  Services will conclude with interment at Woodlawn Cemetery, Everett. 

Should friends desire, contributions in Sam’s name may be made to American Stroke Association, 300 5th Avenue, Suite 6, Waltham, MA 02451-8750, or visit:  www.Stroke.org/donate 

Arrangements entrusted to the Welsh Funeral Home, Chelsea. For online guest book or to send expressions of sympathy, please visit: www.WelshFH.com.

Maria Isabel Irizary

July 28, 1944 – December 23, 2021

Maria Isabel Irizary passed away peacefully on Thursday, December 23 at the Mount Auburn Hospital in Cambridge.  She was 77 years of age. 

Born and raised in Yauco, Puerto Rico, she was a beloved daughter of the late Juan Irizarry and Cruz Seda-Irizarry.  She spent her early years in Yauco, came to New York in 1965, married Santos Irizarry and began to raise her family.  She moved with her family to Chelsea in 1972 and resided here for several years before settling in Cambridge 20 years ago. 

Maria was a hardworking woman, working outside of her home as a Shift Supervisor at Sweetheart Paper and later working at Native Poultry in Chelsea. 

She was very active in the Chelsea Hispanic Community.  She was a member of St. Rose Parish where she taught Sunday School, sang in the Choir, was a Eucharistic Minister, and she was a fondly remembered host and DJ for the St. Rose Radio Program “Abundancia.”   She was a beloved “Seminarian Den Mother” for many years welcoming Hispanic seminarians from St. John’s Seminary in her home on weekends. 

Maria taught herself the art of Spanish cooking. Her home and kitchen was always full of the aromas of her meals, where she fed many visitors and even prepared meals to be shared with neighbors and other families in need of a hot meal. 

She was the beloved wife of 55 years to Santos Irizarry, Sr., devoted mother of Pedro Irizarry of Cambridge, Santos Irizarry of Brighton and Martin Irizarry of Saugus; cherished grandmother of Yarilda Irizarry, Sebastian Irizarry and Jacob Irizarry; dear sister of Efrain Irizarry, Elba Irizarry, Bermain Irizarry, Wilfreddy Irizarry, Angel Irizarry, and the late Luznery Irizarry, Juan Irizarry, Benjamin Irizarry, and Hector Irizarry.

Visiting hours at the Welsh Funeral Home, 718 Broadway, Chelsea were on Wednesday, January 5.

Should friends desire, contributions in Maria’s name may be made to American Stroke Association, 300 5th Avenue, Suite 6, Waltham, MA 02451-8750 or visit.  www.Stroke.org/donate

For online guest book or to send expressions of sympathy, please visit: www.WelshFH.com.

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