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Aramis Raul Ayala Genta

Family & friends are welcome to attend Visiting Hours on Thursday, August 8th from 5:00p.m. to 8:00 p.m., in the Vertuccio and Smith Home for Funerals, 773 Broadway (Rt. 107) Revere, for  Aramis Raul Ayala Genta of Swampscott, formerly of East Boston, who passed away on Sunday August 4th, at the Bertram House in Swampscott, after a long illness, he was 79.   A funeral will be conducted from the funeral home on Friday, August 9th at 10 a.m., followed by a Funeral Mass to celebrate his life at 11 a.m., in St. John the Evangelists Church, 174 Humphrey St. Swampscott.

Born and raised in Montevideo, Uruguay, Raul was a distinguished professional soccer player who played for teams in Uruguay (Danubio), Ecuador (America) and the U.S. He was a member of the Philadelphia Ukrainians team that won the 1966 U.S. Open Cup Soccer Championship and also played in Boston for the Boston Tigers. After retiring as a professional, he continued to participate in local leagues, both as a player and coach, while working for Chas. T. Main and Bioran/Quest Diagnostics, the latter for 29 years. He was grateful for the wonderful experiences playing soccer afforded him including the formation of deep friendships across team lines and international borders, visiting many interesting regions of the world, coming to the U.S. and most importantly, meeting his future wife in Ecuador. Always humble about sharing his own accomplishments on the pitch, his friends would nevertheless be quick to share anecdotes about how Pele called him a great player or how he would practice with Bobby Orr to train for their respective sports. His passion for soccer, and sports in general, was exceeded only by his love for his family and friends who greatly admired his keen intelligence, sharp wit, and sweet and generous spirit.

He is survived by his beloved sweetheart and wife of 52 years, Aida M. Ayala (Enriquez) of East Boston.  He is the adored father of Ann Cristina and Scott Macey, Susan and Jarrett Bridge (all of Swampscott) and James Ayala (of East Boston) and the cherished grandfather of Kaitlin and Alexander Macey and Elijah Aramis and Tyler Bridge.   He will also be missed by his dear brothers, Orlando Nelson and Uruguay Mario, as well as his caring cousins, nieces and nephews.  He was predeceased by his parents, Juan Manuel Ayala and Maria Aurora Genta de Ayala and his brother Omar Manuel all of Uruguay. Interment in Swampscott Cemetery, Swampscott. His family would like to thank Bertram House of Swampscott and Care Dimensions for their care and support during his illness.


Visiting Hours

Thursday, August 8th from 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.

Funeral Mass

Friday, August 9th at 11:00 a.m. in St. John the Evangelist Church, Swampscott


Swampscott Cemetery, Swampscott

In lieu of flowers, donations in his honor may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association ( or 309 Waverly Oaks Rd., Waltham, MA 02452

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  1. Vito and Kathy Schraffa
    Aug 19 2019

    Susan i was sorry to hear that your dad passed away. I remember him growing up in Jeffries Point. He was a good man. Our sympathies to you and your entire family during this time. May he rest in eternal peace. Very sorry. Vito and family

  2. Sobradelo Family
    Aug 8 2019

    Our condolences to the Ayala Family. So sorry for the terrible loss.
    We will always remember the good times we shared at the bbq’s and Raul’s jokes and his great sense of humor. Our thoughts and prayers
    Are with your family. May he rest in piece.
    Love you guys!
    Sobradelo Family

  3. Chris Butler
    Aug 7 2019

    Mis queridos primos – we are so sorry for your loss. I have vivid memories of being coached by the Uruguayan soccer star, your dad. He was a great guy with a great sense of humor and a passion for many things, soccer among them. My sympathies to your entire family as you grieve his loss.

    Les quiero mucho,

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