Sheryl “Sherri” A. Lally (1958-2023)

Sherri A. Lally (Richardson) passed away peacefully surrounded by her loved ones following a brief illness on April 12th, 2023 at Tufts Medical Center in Boston, Massachusetts. Born in Malden, MA, on March 2nd, 1958 to the late John Richardson of Rockton, IL and the late Jacqueline Murphy of Saugus, MA, Sherri was the beloved wife of Joseph “Jay” Lally of Chelsea, MA. Cherished mother to Jarrod Martin, of Boxford, MA, Jennifer Fitzgerald, of Melrose, MA and Samantha D’Amico-Cilira, and her husband Wenderson Alves Cilira of Peabody, MA. Much-loved Stepmother to Joseph Lally and Justin Lally, both of Chelsea, MA. Loving sister to the late Therese Melanson and her husband, the late Vincent of Chelsea, MA, Barbara Oxley and her husband Steven of Lynn, MA, Kelly McKiski and her husband Russell of Roscoe, IL, Thomas Richardson of Medford, MA, Kevin Richardson and his husband Jerry Bragg of Chicago, IL, John Richardson of Rockford, IL, James Richardson and his wife Melody of Grayslake, IL and Patrick Richardson and his wife L’oreal of Malden, MA. Doting grandmother “Nana” to Jacob Martin, Shea Fitzgerald, Devin Martin, Dylan Fitzgerald, Shun Phat, and baby Jordan Cilira on the way. Also survived by many nieces, nephews and wonderful friends. Sherri was also predeceased by her faithful companion of many years, her cherished Cairn Terrier dog, Rufus. 

Fiercely loyal, stubbornly independent, kindhearted and generous are just a few of the words used to describe the kind of person that Sherri was while she was with us. There was no limit to the lengths she would go for those she loved most – her family and friends – but her greatest pleasure was taken in being a grandmother, doting on her grandchildren and simply watching them grow. She had a soft spot for those in need, and generously donated to every cause and charity that came her way, without fail. 

Sherri was a gifted artist, who’s favorite medium and subject was oil painting roses. She entered numerous art shows over the years and won several awards for her talent. 

Sherri was a devoted employee to Better Comfort Systems in Malden, MA for the last 35 years where she steadily rose in the ranks to ultimately serve as Administrative Officer, overseeing the Human Resources and Finance departments for the whole organization. She will be gravely missed by all her coworkers, but especially by her boss, Company CEO James P. Schiavone Jr., her dear friend and mentor. 

Sherri spent the last 28 summers camping at Exeter Elms Campround in Exeter, NH. Camping was a way for her to relax, unwind and for her family to gather to spend time with one another, and she will be deeply missed by her “camp family” as well. Winters were spent amongst friends at the Saugus-Everett Elks Lodge #642 where she was a proud member. After work you could almost certainly find her at a booth at Floramo’s in Wakefield having dinner with Jay, playing Keno and unwinding with a chilled glass of Pinot Grigio. However, no place was as special to Sherri as Key West, FL. A frequent visitor over the last fifteen years, Key West was her “happy place”, and it was the place where she and Jay chose to elope and marry on April 30th, 2014.

Sherri had a beautiful soul, one of a kind spirit, twinkling blue eyes that drew you in, and a smile that you couldn’t help but smile back to. Her laugh was infectious and her hugs were like no other. She made friends wherever she went and will be loved and sorely missed by everyone who was blessed with the pleasure of knowing her. 

Friends and family are invited to attend a Celebration of Life in memory of Sherri on April 23rd, 12:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. at the Irish American Club at 177 West Street, Malden, MA. If you wish to honor Sherri’s memory, donations can be made to the American Stroke Association (a division of the American Heart Association) at 


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  1. Don Smith on April 14, 2023 at 10:34 am

    Rest In Peace Sherri.

  2. Maureen Leininger on April 14, 2023 at 10:35 am

    Jay, Jenn, Jarod, and Samm,
    So sorry for the loss of your wife/mother Sherri! She truly was one of the best. She will always be remembered for smile, kindness and she was so much fun.

  3. John O'Mara on April 14, 2023 at 10:44 am

    Sherri will be sorely missed by all of us who worked with her. I can’t imagine what the family is going wife and I want to give our deepest condolences to her family and friends. I have known her for 13 years and has always been a kind person.🌴❤️🇺🇸

  4. Patrick Richardson on April 14, 2023 at 10:44 am

    Heaven has another angel. My sister Sherri you ‘ll be deeply missed always.I will cherish all the beautiful memories we’ve shared over the years. R.I.P. till we meet again.

  5. Bob Whisner on April 14, 2023 at 5:43 pm

    I will never forget your smile or how you always had time to help us all…. You will always be in my heart and mind, may God take you in his arms. Love Bob

  6. Den and Sue Leary on April 14, 2023 at 6:32 pm

    You were a kind loving person who helped Dennis and I many times over the years.We loved you so much and hope to see you on the other side.Rest in peace Sherri

  7. Linda Martin-Brown on April 15, 2023 at 6:23 am

    My Dear beautiful Aunt, I will never forget your beautiful smile and your kind soft voice. So many childhood memories to cherish with you in them. May you rest in peace. Love you Linda

  8. Jimmy Schiavone on April 15, 2023 at 9:07 am

    There are no words to express the loss of my dearest friend. Over 35 years all gone in a flash. But not the memory: That is here forever. Sherri, thank you for all those wonderful years. The light has been on in your office and so in our hearts. Jimmy

  9. Ricky Jorge on April 17, 2023 at 9:20 am

    You will forever be missed Sherri, may you rest in peace.

  10. Christopher Murphy on April 23, 2023 at 10:58 am

    Sherri, you helped me out a lot and I won’t ever forget you. You’ll be missed. May you rest in peace.

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