Audrey M. Nelligan
Passed away peacefully in her Florida home on May 17, 2021 at the age of 60, succumbing to complications from rheumatoid arthritis, a chronic condition she courageously battled for over 40 years. She faced her chronic illness with bravery, dignity and grace. She was born and raised in West Roxbury, attended St. Theresa’s Grammar School and Boston Latin where she was a cheerleader and graduated with honors in 1978. She then went to UMASS Boston and graduated with a bachelor’s degree in Management in 1982. She earned an MBA from Babson College in 1995. Despite her illness she traveled the world and made friends everywhere she went. Audrey had an exemplary career as an executive in the investment industry. Audrey enjoyed the finer things in life such as designer clothes, shoes, handbags, and jewelry and had impeccable and exquisite taste. She enjoyed cooking and preparing meals always sharing a picture of her creations. She had a great sense of humor, was kind and generous and never received a gift without sending a handwritten thank you note always on beautiful note paper she would order from a small village in India. She was the first-born beloved daughter of Fred and Sally Nelligan of West Roxbury. She was the adored sister of Adrienne Albani and her husband Brian Hughes of Dedham, Sallyann Nelligan and her wife, Anna Pandolfo of West Roxbury and Debbie Chamian and her husband Arthur of Belmont. Beloved aunt of Lt. John Albani, US Navy, San Diego, CA and Phoebe and Philip Chamian of Belmont. Audrey was an animal lover who carried treats in her pocket to give to dogs she met along the way. She adopted two dogs from papillon rescue, Roux and Mistaya, affectionately known as “the girls”. They brought her so much joy and love and were lying in bed beside her when she passed. She faced many challenges with her illness and always said, “I will figure it out.” In memory of Audrey, listen to some jazz, pour yourself a glass of fine red wine accompanied with gourmet cheese and always leave a generous tip to service providers. She was deeply loved by all and will be sorely missed. She leaves a large group of dear friends around the globe whom she loved and cherished, especially her lifelong, loyal friends Jan Stankiewicz McCarthy and her husband Mike. Audrey refused to let her illness define her. She approached each day with a passion for living and was an inspiration to all. Rest in peace, our beloved Audrey. Services from the Gormley Funeral Home will be private. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in Audrey’s name to the Arthritis Foundation (www.arthritis.org) or the MSPCA (www.mspca.org).