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Francis J. "Jiga" Stamegna

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“I am very sorry to hear this. I will never forget the time he came out during a blizzard to help me get my car home when I was stuck on the street...Read More »
1 of 18 | Posted by: Molly Aspen - Melrose, MA

“Our heartfelt condolences to Stamegna family for loss of Franny Scully family ”
2 of 18 | Posted by: Ed Scully - Auburn, CA

“Our deepest condolences to Don, Betsy and family. Bob and Kathy (Morris) Drew. ”
3 of 18 | Posted by: Kathy Drew - Chandler, AZ

“Francis,Thanks for your contributions to the Gumpas Pond Association. Francis helped to rebuild some of the rocks and mortar to keep our dam in good...Read More »
4 of 18 | Posted by: John Walter - Pelham, NH - Friend

“Francis,Gumpas Pond will never be the same without you! I will never be able to look at that wonderful retreat you created without thinking of you. ...Read More »
5 of 18 | Posted by: Jeremy Griffus - Pelham, NH

“So so sorry for your loss. He was one fun guy! He will be truly missed ”
6 of 18 | Posted by: Lori Puleo Rizza - Pembroke, MA

“My thoughts go out to family and friends, this is a huge loss. I have never met a person so positive, always smiling and laughing. Nothing but great...Read More »
7 of 18 | Posted by: Jared Goulet - Hopkinton, NH

“My heartfelt condolences to the Stamegna family.Jiga always had a smile and a good word when I would run in to him.Im sorry to hear of his passing. ”
8 of 18 | Posted by: Catherine Cronin - Melrose

“I am so sorry for your loss. Jiga was a great person with a really kind heart. He will truly be missed. I have a lot of great Memories with Jiga...Read More »
9 of 18 | Posted by: Julie Benard-Trickett - Billerica, MA

“I have so many memories of hanging with you, Glen McWilliams and Robert Nunes aka Nunsie many years ago. I am sure they were there to help you...Read More »
10 of 18 | Posted by: Michelle McHale Bekkenhuis - MA

“To Jiga's family and loved ones,We send our heartfelt sympathy on your loss of such a special person. We have such fond memories of our fun filled...Read More »
11 of 18 | Posted by: Lauren Applegate - Lancaster, SC

“Francis took care of the house I rent in Stoneham. I just talked to him 2 weeks ago, and he was so excited about his retirement. I am so shocked...Read More »
12 of 18 | Posted by: Susan Woods - stoneham

“I remember Jiga well....kind of guy that you smile when you think of him.My condolences to his family. ”
13 of 18 | Posted by: Jack Rahilly - Lynn, MA

“Jigs was a happy go lucky guy., never in a negative mood.,He will be missed by his all old friends new and family.,Too young too soon.,! ”
14 of 18 | Posted by: Matt Flynn - Melrose, MA - Friend

“I don't know where to begin, To all my other cousins Susan, Donnie, Ricky, Nancy Joseph, Betsy, Peter and Paul ,I am just so sorry on the loss of you...Read More »
15 of 18 | Posted by: Laura Ploof - Saugus, MA - Family

“sorry to Francis family I was his roommate at 12 w.wyoming ave for a year He was a great guy ,he asked me not to call him jigs I respected his wishes...Read More »
16 of 18 | Posted by: Jeffrey MCCARTHY - Salem, MA

“Haven't seen jiga in years but spent many nights at ell pond hanging out, good guy too soon,condolences to his family ”
17 of 18 | Posted by: Dickie Crawford - North reading, MA

“The Gately Family and Staff wish to express our sincere sympathy to you. It is our hope that we may be able to make a difficult time more bearable....Read More »
18 of 18 | Posted by: John W G - Melrose, MA


Francis J. "Jiga" Stamegna, of Melrose, died unexpectedly on August 30, 2019, age 62. He was born and raised in Melrose and was a lifelong resident. Jiga, also known to friends and family as Francis, Franny, Fran, Frank or Tabby, brought the party to heaven when he danced through the pearly gates on Friday, August 30th. Heaven just became a lot more fun, but the world has become a much sadder place. Jiga loved life and was often referred to as the Man, the Myth AND the Legend. He was completely devoted to the love of his life, Karla Wilson, and was happiest when in the company of his soulmate. Jiga may have been the biggest prankster this world has ever seen! If you were lucky enough to know him, you most certainly were pranked at some point in your life. Pranks always ended with big hugs and laughter by all parties and the memory of his joyful laugh will bring a bittersweet smile to all those who got to hear it. Jiga knew how to grab life by the horns and loved seeking new adventures. He spent many days living his best life racing cars at the speedway, piloting his own plane, captaining speedboats and hang-gliding with friends, but his most favorite adventures happened at The Pond with his dear Karla by his side. Jiga loved so many people, but was loved by even more. He was the definition of a true friend and was always willing to jump in and help a friend in need. His loyalty was surpassed only by his sense of humor. Jiga had the gift of enthusiasm and his fun-loving spirit always brightened the day. After recently retiring, he had planned to move to Florida with his sweetheart, but God had other plans and wanted to bring him to the party upstairs instead. He will be missed dearly by all who knew him, because knowing him meant loving him. He was the beloved son of Barbara (Allen) Stamegna and the late Donald R. Stamegna. Loving & longtime companion of Karla Wilson. Cherished brother of Susan L. Martin, Donald R. Stamegna Jr., Richard A. Stamegna, Nancy C. Gargano, Joseph P. Stamegna, Betsy A. Spiro, Peter A. Stamegna and Paul J. Stamegna. Also survived by numerous, nieces, nephews, grand nieces, grand nephews and friends. Visitation will be held at the Gately Funeral Home, 79 W. Foster St. Melrose on Thursday, September 5, 2019 from 4:00-7:00PM. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at St. Mary's Church, 9 Herbert St. Melrose on Friday September 6th at 11:30AM. Interment at Wyoming Cemetery in Melrose. Relatives and friends are respectfully invited to attend. To send a message of condolence please visit www.gatelyfh.com