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Eugene I. "Gene" Prior
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We were saddened to hear of Gene's passing but delighted to frequently see him back at Mass at St. Marys recently. We were involved in many programs at St. Mary's will. Both Gene and Marge and loved being in their company.

Our heartfelt wishes to all his wonderful children, some of whom were friends,classmates and teammates to some of our children. You were blessed to have had such caring parents. We will keep all of you in our prayers.

Jim and Sheila McArdle


Posted by: Jim and Sheila McArdle - Melrose, MA - Friend   Feb 05, 2020

Our prayers and heartfelt sympathy is with the Prior family during this time of their loss. My wife (Terry) and I are both friends of Eugene's wonderful son, Barry.


Posted by: Dr. Johnny Porter - Metairie, LA - Coworker   Feb 04, 2020

Our thoughts and prayers go out to each of the Prior family. Gene was a gentleman in the true sense of the word. My life was richer because Gene and Marge were in it even for a short while.


Posted by: Maureen Vasily - Naples, FL   Feb 04, 2020

Mr. Prior was such a gentleman and so very faith filled. I enjoyed studying with Gene at one of the group bible studies at St. Mary's. His love and care for his wife and family were beautiful to witness. He always had the kindest words, and was truly a delight. He will be missed. My thoughts and prayers are with you all.


Posted by: Patti Peterson - Melrose, MA - Acquaintance   Feb 03, 2020

My thoughts and prayers go out to Gene's family over their loss. I got to know Gene when he moved to Reading. He was a regular at weekend Mass at St. Agnes Church and was a man of deep faith. He was always quick with a story and a laugh and he made many friends. I am sorry that because of parish commitments I will be unable to attend either the wake or the funeral.


Posted by: Fr. Steve Rock - Reading, MA - Friend   Feb 03, 2020

So nice to have worked with Gene at McCall. He was always smiling
and upbeat about the students. Fun to talk to and work with each
day. We could all benefit from Gene's outlook on life; always
positive!!! Nothing but fond memories of Gene and his
kindness towards all.


Posted by: Claudia McCarthy - Winchester, MA - Coworker   Feb 02, 2020

What a legend of a man! He had a heart as big as all of Ireland! I will miss his wisdom and compassion. Most of all, I will miss having a waltz with him at the North Shore Irish Association dances, his bear hugs and "Margene" having us over for Christmas Eve many years ago.

You are back with your beloved wife in Heaven, Gene. May you rest in peace but always have a waltz with Marge when the Irish Music is playing.


Posted by: Susie Daly - Melrose, MA - Family Friend   Feb 01, 2020

What a blessing it has been for me to know Gene these past few years while at the Residence at Melrose Station. I will miss his songs, laughter and sharing orange slices (the candy ones!) with him! Love to all, Michelle


Posted by: Michelle Meehan - Melrose, MA - Friend   Jan 31, 2020

My Condolences to the family, especially to Tom Prior who played basketball with and took me to many Celtics games. From Stephen Williams (Willie)


Posted by: Stephen Williams    Jan 30, 2020

I wish to offer the Prior Family my sincere sympathy. Paul and I knew your parents .they were lovely people. I am so sorry for your loss. Respectfully, Mrs. Paul Tighe


Posted by: Sheila Tighe - Melrose, MA - Acquaintance   Jan 30, 2020