Memorial services will be held today and tomorrow for beloved former Medford public servant, educator, World War II veteran, father and husband Alfred Pompeo, Sr.
Medford Public Schools posted a statement on their website yesterday honoring Pompeo's life and service to the community as well as his obituary. Pompeo passed away at 94 this week at his summer home on Drakes Island in Wells, Maine.
"Mr. Pompeo was a dedicated educator and public official whose life’s work contributed significantly to the betterment of our community," the school district wrote in the statement.
Pompeo started as a teacher in the 1940s and retired years later as Director of Guidance and Special Needs for Medford. He served as Medford's mayor from 1956-1957, served on the City Council in every decade from the 1950s to the 1990s and later served on the School Committee until 2009, according to the district.
Pompeo and his wife of 64 years, Joyce, had eight children, 15 grandchildren, five great-grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews.
The district included this recent quote from Pompeo on life in public service that came from Pompeo's obituary:
“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.”
Calling hours will be held today from 4 to 8 p.m. at Dello Russo Funeral Home, 306 Main St., and again Saturday at 9:30 a.m. followed by a funeral mass celebrated at 10:30 a.m. at St. Raphael Church. Burial with military honors will follow at Oak Grove Cemetery.