Happiest when surrounded by his family, especially his nine grandchildren

MELROSE — Irving E. “Tilly” Tillinghast passed away peacefully on October 3, 2022, surrounded by his loving family. He was 91 years old.

Born in Revere, he was the son of the late John and Johanna “Annie” (Coomey) Tillinghast. Loving husband and best friend of 69 years of Helen G. (Pearl) Tillinghast. He was predeceased by his six siblings.

He was the father of Edward I. Tillinghast and his wife Sharon of Acton, Elizabeth H. Ferri and her husband John of Rockland, Stephen J. Tillinghast and his wife Jayne of Danvers and Marianne Tillinghast of Melrose. Irving was happiest when he was surrounded by his family especially his nine grandchildren, Ashley, Alyssa, Adam, Jonathan, Tyler, Matthew, Amy, Andrew and Ryan along with his four great grandchildren. During these occasions, he was sure to have his camera ready to capture the memories. He was also the uncle to many nieces and nephews. During his 91 years, Irving and Helen loved to travel and were fortunate enough to visit many states and several countries. He also served five years in the Navy during the Korean War. During his countless afternoon walks with his dogs, he made many new friends. Irving never met a stranger. Irving’s family also wishes to thank the kind staff of Oosterman’s Rest Home for the dedicated care that he received over the last few years.

Family and friends are invited to attend his Funeral from the Vertuccio & Smith, Home for Funerals, 773 Broadway (Rte. 107) Revere on Friday, October 7 at 10 a.m., followed by a funeral Mass in the Church of the Incarnation, 429 Upham St., Melrose at 11 a.m. Interment will follow in Woodlawn Cemetery Everett. In lieu of flowers, remembrances may be made to a charity of your choice. To send online condolences, please visit www.vertuccioandsmith.com. Funeral Arrangements entrusted to the care and direction of the Vertuccio & Smith, Home for Funerals of Revere.