Alfred P. Pompeo Sr., 94, of Medford, Massachusetts, passed away peacefully with his beloved wife of 64 years, Joyce (McLellan), at his bedside in their summer home on Drakes Island, Wells, Maine.
Retired as Director of Guidance and Special Needs, Medford Public Schools his teaching career began in the 1940’s as a Teacher/Principal in Sutton, MA and continued as Associate Professor Boston State College, Teaching Fellow Boston University, Senior Supervisor Dept. of Education, and most notably as Teacher and Administrator Medford Public Schools.
Mr. Pompeo also served the citizens of Medford as Mayor, ’56-‘57 having been elected to the City Council in each decade from the early 1950’s to the 1990,s and then the School Committee ending in 2009.
Serving his country from 1941 to 1945 during WWII he was awarded 2 purple hearts among other medals. During the Battle of the Bulge he was captured by German soldiers and held prisoner until the end of the war.
Mr. Pompeo was educated in the Medford Public Schools, (’35), Salem State University, (B.S.,’39), Tufts University, (Ed.M.,’40), and Boston University. Mr. Pompeo’s community involvement includes, founding member Medford Mental Health association, St. Raphael Parish Council, West Medford Community Center, NAACP, director Mystic Valley Elder services, Greater Boston Association of Retarded Citizens, Medford VNA, Past Commander VFW post 1012, and as a member of many social, fraternal and public service organizations.
Mr. Pompeo’s family moved to Medford when he was 5 years old and Medford is where he and Joyce lived and raised their family of 8 children, daughter Jane of St. Johnsbury, VT, Son Alfred Jr. and wife Geraldine of Medford, MA, daughter Anne Elizabeth of Wrentham, MA, daughter Mary Ann and husband Joseph Hallahan of Saugus, MA, daughter Nancy and husband Patrick Giammarco of Medfield, MA, daughter Lisa and husband Bud MacAulay of Durango, CO, son John and wife Wendy of Lexington, MA, son Stephen and wife Kim of Medford, MA and 15 grand children, 5 great grand children, and many loving nieces and nephews. He was the son of Domenico and Nunziata Pompeo (deceased), pre-deceased by beloved sister Louisa Aliberti, brothers Anthony, Peter and John Pompeo and Mary Tortorici. He is survived by his sister Anna Salvucci.
A recent quote of Mr. Pompeo’s sums up best his passion for public service “although it is nice to be recognized for your efforts to protect and improve the quality of life for others, it is more important to encourage and inspire others to pursue the personal rewards and self satisfaction of participating in community service and helping to make a difference in other people’s lives”. In lieu of flowers contributions may be sent to Wrentham Developmental Center, Special Gift Fund, P.O. Box 144, Wrentham, MA 02093.
Family and friends may call at the Dello Russo Funeral Home, 306 Main St., Medford Friday from 4 thru 8 PM and again on Saturday at 9:30 AM followed by a funeral mass celebrated at 10:30 AM in St. Raphael Church, Medford. Burial with military honors will follow at Oak Grove Cemetery, Medford.
- Obituary from Dello Russo Funeral Home