Woburn, MA — Anthony D. Pettiglio, age 60, a lifelong resident of Woburn, passed away unexpectedly on September 11, at the Lahey Clinic Medical Center in Burlington. He was the beloved husband of Gail E. (Lauziere) Pettiglio and together they shared 36 years of marriage. Born in Woburn, he was the cherished son of Nancy E. (Tomolillo) of Woburn and the late Dominic J. Pettiglio.
"Arnie," as he was known to his family and friends, worked as a fork lift operator at the Marshall’s warehouse in Woburn where he had been a dedicated and well respected employee for the past forty years. Arnie was a kind and generous coworker and friend, always willing to lend a helping hand when needed. When not working, Arnie enjoyed spending time with his friends in Rockport and the North Shore area. He loved to be near the ocean and was passionate about Scuba Diving since 1969. He was a member of the North Shore Frogmen's Club and enjoyed diving shipwrecks with his friend, Jack, for many years. One of his most favorite dive sites was off the shore of Graves Island in Manchester, Mass., where the wreck of the original USS New New Hampshire, which was commissioned in 1816, and now rests. Arnie enjoyed visiting with his friend who he referred to as, "Brother Bob," at his dive shop in Salem. Arnie was also a member of the Woburn Elks Lodge.
In addition to his wife and mother, Arnie is survived by his devoted son, Anthony D. Pettiglio, Jr. and his spouse, Mike Lee, of Charlton, Mass. He is also survived by several loving nieces, nephews and many dear friends. He was the brother of the late Robert J. Pettiglio.
Family and friends are respectfully invited to attend a funeral service at the McLaughlin - Dello Russo Funeral Home, 60 Pleasant St., Woburn, Tuesday, September 17, at 7 p.m. and may visit with the family prior to the service from 4 to 7 p.m. Interment will be private. It has been requested that in lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be made in Anthony's memory to St. Anthony Church, 80 Elm St., Woburn, MA 01801.