Died on Thursday, April 21 at the Holy Cross Medical Center in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida surrounded by his family, following a brief illness, he was 79 years old. Joe was born in Boston, raised in East Boston until the family moved to Revere when he was a young boy. He was educated in Revere and was an alumnus of Revere High School, Class of 1960. Joe followed directly into his father’s footsteps and worked at their family business, Decore Upholstery. The business that was started in the late 1930s in Boston where they manufactured furniture for the Design Trade. Joe and his twin brother eventually took over the business and continued to work alongside one another for many years. Joe retired at the age of 55; the business is still in operation under another generation. Joe retired down in Ft. Lauderdale, where he has been for the past 23 years. He enjoyed the weather, sunshine, golfing, and swimming in the pool. Joe enjoyed dining out in restaurants and was known for his cooking as well. Joe above anything else adored his two daughters and his grandchildren; they meant the world to him. He had a great personality and made many friends along the way.
He is the loving father of Kimberly A. Pergola of Saugus, & Patricia A. “Tricia” Prizio & her husband Revere Fire Capt. Thomas Prizio of Georgetown. Proud grandfather of Caryssa L. Johnson & her companion Gina Trites & Jerry L. Johnson, Jr., all of Saugus. Devoted son of the late Michael & Lena (D’Antona) Pergola. Dear twin brother of Vincent M. Pergola & wife Nancy Lee of Wellesley. Treasured uncle of Michele Pergola of Saugus, James M. Pergola & his wife Robin of Revere & Haylee Pergola of Wellesley. He is also lovingly survived by his former wife Madeline (Munroe) Pergola & many grandnieces, grandnephews, cousins, friends & extended family in Ft. Lauderdale.
In lieu of flowers, remembrances may be made to the Multiple Myeloma Research Foundation, P.O. Box 414238 Boston, MA 02241.