Anthony “Tony” Perillo, 97, of Methuen, MA, passed away Tuesday, October 15, 2019, at Cedar View Nursing and Rehabilitation Center in Methuen. He was born in Lawrence, MA on January 28, 1922, to the late Luigi and Assunta (Izzo) Perillo.
Tony attended Lawrence public schools and graduated from Lawrence High School in 1940 and then served in the United States Army during World War II. He began his career in the Lawrence mills but worked the majority of his years as a custodian in the Lawrence Public Schools until his retirement in 1984.
Easygoing by nature, Tony shared his positive attitude, wide smile, and infectious laugh with his family, friends, and anyone who had the pleasure of his company. He found great joy in helping others and dedicated his life to his family as a son, a brother, a father, and a grandfather. Tony enjoyed going to Rockingham Park in Salem, NH to wager recreationally on horse racing, reading the Lawrence Eagle-Tribune daily from cover to cover for decades, and driving his family to countless local destinations for a day of fun and family bonding.
Tony was the widower of the late Angelina (Martone) Perillo and is survived by his nine children: Anthony L. Perillo and his wife Gloria of Haverhill, Gail Raynowska and her husband Mark of Haverhill, Kathleen Howell and her husband Todd of Pennsylvania, Irene Perillo of North Andover, Randall Perillo and his wife Michele of Stoneham, Edward Perillo of New Hampshire, Gus D'Angelo and his wife Joanne of Methuen, Linda Pacheco and her husband Louis of New Hampshire, and Steven D'Angelo of New Hampshire. Also among his survivors are his sister, Kay Ventrillo, twenty-four grandchildren, and many great-grandchildren and great-great-grandchildren. Tony was predeceased by his son Dennis D'Angelo and his siblings: Peter Perillo, Guido "Dutch" Perillo and Elvira Ronsivalli.
Family and friends may call on Thursday, October 17, 2019, from 4:00-8:00 PM at Cataudella Funeral Home, 126 Pleasant Valley Street in Methuen. A funeral service will be held on Friday, October 18, 2019, at 10:00 AM at the funeral home. Burial will follow in Bellevue Cemetery in Lawrence.