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“It is with great sadness that I write this. I am so sorry and send very big hugs to my friend in Heaven, that is where we will meet again, I am sure...Read More »
1 of 22 | Posted by: Donna Bourque - Danvers, MA

“We are so very sorry to hear of Shirley's passing. She was so full of joy and good humor. We have many memories of Shirley's enthusiasm, cheering...Read More »
2 of 22 | Posted by: Bill and Ellen Barrasso - Melrose, MA

“Deeply sorry for your loss ”
3 of 22 | Posted by: corey blakley

“How do you put into words a lifetime of love and memories that she provided to us..It is so very difficult.Mike, thank you for taking such excellent...Read More »
4 of 22 | Posted by: Elaine Costello - Danvers, MA

“Dear MikeI am sadden to read today the passing of your dear wife, Shirley.Please know you are in my thoughts and prayers at this most difficult time,...Read More »
5 of 22 | Posted by: Jeff Perchak - Amherst, MA

“Derek, I'm so sorry for your loss.Deepest sympathy, Andrea ”
6 of 22 | Posted by: Andrea (McNamara) Connolly

“Sincere sympathies on the passing of Shirley RIP. We had the privilege of attending the Rossi family picnic in 2014. Happy memories of a beautiful...Read More »
7 of 22 | Posted by: Denis & Nell Kennedy - Friend

“great friend and coworker at Collectors Ofc. Melrose City Hall ”
8 of 22 | Posted by: barbara leedham - Coworker

“Auntie Shirley (as I knew you through Janaelle), such a force in this life. A true fighter of epic battles. You were loved by so many. I always...Read More »
9 of 22 | Posted by: Aly Mitchell - Windham, NH

“Shirley was always a kind and considerate person; a pleasure to know and work with. I had the good fortune to know her. I was one of the lucky ones....Read More »
10 of 22 | Posted by: Patrick Dello Russo - Ipswich, MA

“My condolences and prayers to the family I am heartbroken to hear this. My memories of Shirley are all so wonderful, from our days working at...Read More »
11 of 22 | Posted by: Tina Bright - saugus, MA - Friend

“I enjoyed working with Shirley for over 15 years. I admired her strong will and quick wit. I am so sorry to hear of her passing. May she now find...Read More »
12 of 22 | Posted by: Cathy Alphen - Wakefield, MA

“Josh and Family,Please know you are in my thoughts and prayers at this most difficult time. ”
13 of 22 | Posted by: Kevin P. Doherty - Wilmington, MA

“To Mike, Derek, Josh, Sarah and Melissa, I send my heartfelt sympathies to you all. Shirley was one of a kind. She was always so good to me over the...Read More »
14 of 22 | Posted by: Nadine Juliano - Friend

“Mike, Derek, & Josh,We were so sorry to hear of Shirley's passing. Having first met her shortly after meeting Linda and the Binaris back in 1974, I...Read More »
15 of 22 | Posted by: John Cronin - Saugus, MA - Friend

“My heartfelt sympathies to Mike, Derek, Josh. Shirley touched everyone's heart no other with her kindness. I will always remember her and the great...Read More »
16 of 22 | Posted by: Joanne Morrissey - Melrose, MA

“We mourn the loss of Shirley, a vibrant and vital woman, but we also celebrate her tenacity in living her life to the fullest, bringing into the...Read More »
17 of 22 | Posted by: Bobbie and Phil Boyle - Sarasota, FL

“Dear Mike, Derek, Sarah, Josh, & Melissa: I am so terribly saddened to hear of the passing of Shirley. She was truly one of my very closest and...Read More »
18 of 22 | Posted by: James C & Ingrid P Long - MELROSE, MA

“Dear Mike, Derek,Josh and all of the D,Amato family,We are so saddened to hear of Shirley's passsing. We go back with Mike and Shirley as a couple...Read More »
19 of 22 | Posted by: Wayne and Betty Ann Doherty - MA

“So sad, never forgot how she took care of Linda, ”
20 of 22 | Posted by: Gene Viator - Gloucester, MA

“My heart goes out to Mike, Derek and Josh and all Shirley's extended family. She was a wonderful unique person who I watched for years be the most...Read More »
21 of 22 | Posted by: Marsha Burke - Wakefield, 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 »
22 of 22 | Posted by: John W. Gately, John H. Gately & Fred Sprague - MA

Shirley A. Boyle, 65

Enjoyed family, friends, the Beatles, her dogs and summers at York Beach, Maine

Shirley A. (DeAmato) Boyle, 65, of Melrose, passed away at home with her family at her side, peacefully, on 4/10/2020, after years of battling multiple cancers. A three-time survivor of breast, lung and then lung, bone and brain cancers.

Born on August 3, 1954 to the late Carmen and Edith (Rossi) DeAmato, Shirley, was the youngest of four children, raised in Somerville and graduated from North Cambridge Catholic. She moved to Melrose with her husband of 44 years, Mike, in 1976, where together they would raise their two sons, Derek, 41 and Joshua, 38.

Shirley was a stay at home mother until the boys were in Junior High School. She was employed by the City of Melrose for 19 years, and retired as the Assistant Treasurer, in 2012. A job that she loved and spoke of how much she missed, often. She worked nights for then, Cerratani's, and now Shaw's, in the earlier years as the boys were growing up.

She was devoted to her boys and you could always hear her (loudly) cheering them on at their soccer games from the sidelines, whether it was in Melrose or at their respective College teams (St. Michael's and Assumption).

She is survived by her husband, Mike, her son Derek and his wife Sarah of Belmont, and Joshua and his girlfriend, Melissa of Boston. She was the loving sister of deceased Rosalie Fedele and her husband Louie, Tewksbury; John and his wife Susan of The Villages, Florida; and Joseph and his wife Rachelle, of Melrose; her sister-in-law Ann Cussen and her husband Rich from Kingston, Ma., and brother-in-law Phil and his wife Bobbie of Sarasota, Florida. She is survived by her many nieces and nephews and her large family of cousins. One of Shirley's passions was hosting this large family, which she did every Christmas Eve, Italian style, and at the annual Rossi Family Picnic in her yard.

At this time, due to the COVID-19 Epidemic, services will be announced at a later time. In lieu of flowers, please donate to Shirley's favorite Charity, Saint Jude Children's Research Hospital @