Eileen Perillo
1945 - 2019
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Perillo, Eileen
Perillo, Eileen, 74, devoted mother, loving wife, cherished grandmother, and loyal friend died on June 6, 2019 at Connecticut Hospice, surrounded by the comfort and grace of her family. Eileen was the beloved wife of the late James E. Perillo. Eileen was born February 13, 1945 in Brockton, Massachusetts; she was the daughter of the late Robert E. and Helen T. (O'Brien) McCarthy. Eileen graduated from East Bridgewater High School in 1963 and Bridgewater State University in 1967, with a bachelor's degree in education. Following college, Eileen moved to Connecticut to work as a physical education teacher at West Haven High School. It was this career move that led her to meet her husband of 45 years, Jim, who was also a teacher at West Haven High School. The newlywed couple enjoyed four years of teaching together and chaperoning numerous high school proms. In 1971, Eileen began her most important and successful job, when she became a mother. During her years raising children, the family spent many summer days at Owenego Beach Club in Branford with summer vacations in Falmouth and Plymouth, Massachusetts. Eileen was a member of the Rudy's softball team and could often be found on the field, demonstrating her athletic prowess, or at Rudy's post-game, with her children in tow, celebrating with her teammates. After her children went off to college, Eileen went back to work. She worked at Albertus Magnus College for 20 years. Through hard work and dedication, she rose from a receptionist in the Admissions Office to Registrar, until her retirement in 2011. In retirement, Eileen enjoyed morning walks and monthly book club meetings with her close group of loyal friends. The Women of Westville (WOWs) graced Eileen with unrelenting support and love and rallied around their friend with weekly dinners, trips to treatment, endless snacks, and acts of kindness deserving of a truly loyal and caring friend. Although retired, Eileen's family enjoyed the benefits of her semi-professional photography career including: thank you cards, photo magnets, and the annual family desk calendar. When her granddaughters were visiting, you could find her in the basement playing family or school, out in the backyard, crafting at the kitchen table or recovering from the latest family dance party. Eileen's strength and determination never went unnoticed by her granddaughters; they fiercely loved their Gigu/Grammie and will carry on her legacy through their tenacity, kindness and love of a good bargain. Eileen is survived by two sons, Chris and wife Sarah, of Simsbury, Darren and wife Emily, of Guilford, and daughter Beth of Chicago, Illinois. She is also survived by two brothers, Robert E. McCarthy and wife Roberta, of East Bridgewater, Massachusetts, Michael J. McCarthy and wife Rosemary, of Stevensville, Maryland, and a sister, Mary A. McCarthy, of Watertown, Massachusetts. Proud Gigu to Parker Eileen, Cameron Anne, and Sawyer Eliza and proud Grammie to Shay Elizabeth and Quinn Alice. They will miss her annual Easter egg hunts, outings to the Shubert, homemade cards, and family dinners. Eileen also leaves behind many in-laws, nieces, nephews, family and friends, too numerous to list but not forgotten. Friends may call at the Celentano Funeral Home, 424 Elm Street, New Haven Monday from 4 to 7pm and are invited to attend a 10am Mass of Christian Burial in St. Aedan's Church, 112 Fountain Street, New Haven on Tuesday. Interment in St. Lawrence Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, donations may be sent to the James & Eileen Perillo Education Fund at The Community Foundation for Greater New Haven, 70 Audubon Street, New Haven, CT 06510. Online gifts at www.cfgnh.org/perillo.

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Published in The New Haven Register on Jun. 8, 2019.
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June 2, 2020
In this pandemic, we walk by the house everyday and think about Eileen and Jim and the wonderful times we spent together over the years. They are missed!
fran and steve grodzinsky
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June 13, 2019
Our sympathies to you Chris, Darren and Beth at the loss of your Mom. Please know that there are so many who loved her, and are mourning her loss along with you. We will forever remember and will miss her genuine, unconditional friendship, her infectious cheerfulness, her casual elegance and charm, and how she brought joy into any room she entered. Eileen and Jim were special individually and as a couple. They certainly were special to us and we were privileged to have shared so much of life with them.
Mary and Pat Elia
June 13, 2019
Sending sincere and heartfelt condolences.
Patty and Ray Magrath
June 11, 2019
So honored to be part of your Catholic Charity League Honor Guard this morning at your beautiful send off, dear Eileen.
You have left a admirable legacy of love...
Maura Wilson Coppola
June 10, 2019
Beth,Chris and Darren,
Sending deepest sympathies on the loss of your mom. What a lady, mom, wife ,mother ,friend and boss she was. She put her mark of kindness, love and consideration and patience on everything and everyone she came in contact with. So thankful she was a part of my life.
Linda Heenie
June 10, 2019
Beth, Chris and Darren,

My deepest condolences on the passing of a wonderful lady, your MOM.

Fond memories of both your Mother and Father during your years at Sheridan and beyond.

Supportive, caring, generous and great folks to be around.

Please know that you will continue to be in my thoughts and prayers.

God Bless,

John Vigliotti - Mr. V
Sheridan Middle School
1981-1994
June 10, 2019
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June 10, 2019
To all the Perillo family and everyone Eileen touched, we are so very sorry for your loss.
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June 10, 2019
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June 9, 2019
Chris, Darren, and Beth,

We are all so sorry for your loss. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your families during this difficult time. Your Mom and Dad are such amazing people. They will both always be with all of you and watching over your families. I pray to my Mom and Dad and it brings me comfort and strength during happy and difficult times. I know that all of you will find comfort and strength praying to your Mom and Dad too. We love all of you and your families. ❤
Diane, Allen, Abby, Steph, and Coleman McCarthy
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June 9, 2019
Chris, Darren, and Beth,

We are all so sorry for your loss. Our thoughts and prayers are with all of you and your families during this difficult time. Your Mom and Dad are such amazing people. They will always be with all of you and they will be watching over all of you and your families. I know that I often pray to my Mom and Dad and it brings me comfort. Let us know if you need anything. Love you. ❤
Diane, Allen, Steph, Abby and Coleman McCarthy
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June 9, 2019
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June 9, 2019
To all the Perillo family. So very sorry for your loss. Eileen was a wonderful wife, mother,grandmother, friend and boss. She was always ready to listen. She battled this cancer with everything she had. I was so privileged to have known her.
Linda Heenie
June 9, 2019
I will miss you terribly Eileen. Thank you for being my boss and my friend. Always a smile and that voice and accent. Loved it. You believed in me and were so eager to have me fill the position in the registrar's office. I hope I met all your expectations.
Rest in peace my friend. You lived a remarkable life and there are so many who have known you longer than I. Until we meet again. Love , Linda
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June 9, 2019
I am sorry for your loss. May prayer comfort you and your family especially during this difficult time. 1Thess.5:17
June 9, 2019
Dear Perillo family...we are so sorry for your loss. Eileen was a remarkable woman whose indomitable spirit & determination touched us all. May her memory be a source of comfort.
Frani & John Gordon
June 9, 2019
My sincere condolences for your loss. May God fulfill his promise to bind up the broken-hearted and help you endure this difficult time. Isa 61:1
June 9, 2019
She lived and died with dignity and grace. Her legacy and spirit lives on in you ,her children and grandchildren. We send you all love. Fran,, Steve, Rachel and Mark
Fran Grodzinsky
June 8, 2019
I am Truly and deeply sorry for your Loss. My warmest condolences go out to the family and Friends of Eileen. May the God of all comport Grant you peace and Strenght during difficult time (Psalm 91:11).
M C
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