Fr. Emery Parillo
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BOSTON, Mass. - Father (Dominic) Emery Parillo, OFM, 82, passed away on Thursday, February 16, 2012.
He was born in Boston, Mass. to the late Jennie (Verderico) and Dominic Parillo on June 20, 1929 as Dominic Parillo.
Father Emery entered the Franciscan Province of the Immaculate Conception on July 14, 1947. He made his first profession on July 15, 1948 and was admitted to solemn vows on July 15, 1951. He was ordained a Franciscan Priest on June 19, 1955.
Fr. Emery spent his entire priestly life in parish ministry. He celebrated his first Mass in his home parish of Our Lady of Mt. Carmel in East Boston, Mass. His first assignment was at Our Lady of Mt. Carmel in Watervliet, where he served for six years, encouraging activities by the youth of the parish and furthering the interests in the Holy Name Society. He was then transferred to St. Anthony of Padua in New York City, where he assisted the pastor in the Parish Youth Center. A year later, he became an assistant at Most Precious Blood on Mulberry Street in New York City. There he gathered the young men, built up a basketball team and entered them in the PAL League.
He was transferred to Our Lady Help of Christians in Pittsburgh, where he undertook the tasks of keeping the grammar school open and keeping the parish out of debt. Not forgetting the youth, Fr. Emery turned the parish hall into a Youth Center. He remained pastor for eight years before returning to Our Lady of Mt. Carmel in Watervliet as a full-time assistant. In 1989 Fr. Emery was appointed pastor of Our Lady of Mt. Carmel. He continued to support and encourage the youth of the parish to do well in sports as well as academic endeavors.
He was also Chaplain of the Watervliet Fire and Police departments. Upon his retirement, Fr. Emery returned to his hometown of Boston, Mass. to the Saint Christopher Friary.
Fr. Emery is survived by his brothers Michael and Joseph "Chuck" Parillo. He is also survived by many nieces and nephews.
He was predeceased by his brothers, John and Anthony Parillo and his sisters, Mary Puccino and Theresa Paglierani.
A visitation will be held at Saint Leonard Church in Boston's North End on Monday, February 20, 2012. A Mass of Christian Burial will be offered on Tuesday morning at 10:30 a.m. at St. Leonard Church followed by interment in Woodlawn Cemetery in Everett, Mass.
A memorial service is being planned locally at a date to be announced for all his friends in Watervliet and the surrounding areas.
Published in The Record from Feb. 19 to Feb. 20, 2012