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Alfred R. Del Pozzo
October 30, 1930 ~ January 22, 2023 (age 92) 92 Years Old
Alfred R. Del Pozzo, 92, entered the “Big Winners Circle” in the sky on January 22, 2023, after a brief stay at High Pointe House surrounded by his devoted family. He was born in New Bedford, MA to his Italian immigrant parents, the late Noe and Bettina (Defusco) Del Pozzo.
Noe relocated his family to Lawrence, MA and open the famed, but not forgotten, Del Pozzo’s Market on sunny Broadway, where actor Robert Goulet would come back and visit his beloved Del Pozzo family.
Al was educated at St. Mary Grammar School, Central Catholic High School and North Eastern University. He worked at the family business alongside his parents and late siblings, Rose, Tony, Jimmy with little niece Joannie in tow. He also had a successful career for thirty years at Western Electric and AT&T.
Al married the love of his life Yvonne Marie (Debs) Del Pozzo They would have celebrated 65 years of marriage in August of 2017 at the time of her passing.
Family meant everything to Al. He was given many nicknames, but among his most special were “Ally” by his wife Yvonne, “Delly” by his daughter-in-law Linda, who kept a watchful and protective eye over his health, and “Papa” by his cherished grandchildren, Nicholas and Christina, who were the apples of his eye.
Alfred and son David had a keen interest in horse racing and bought many winning horses. They enjoyed their time together searching for that perfect horse and the best trainers. They also shared a love for New England sports teams. Al spent many afternoons at Rockingham Park with his late brother-in-laws, Ferris and Eddie Debs, and Edmund Mansor, his childhood friend since age five, as well as many other race track buddies.
Al’s favorite day of the week was Sunday, when his son Bobby would come from Boston for Sunday dinner and they would listen to the music of Perry Como, Frank Sinatra, and Tony Bennett. Al would have a cigar in hand as they sipped wine, and conjectured about politics. He also had an interest in Methuen politics.
Alfred was proud of his Italian heritage, but was also an “honorary Lebanese” as he attended St. Joseph Melkite Greek Catholic Church and served on its Parish Council. It is there where he developed a bond with revered friend, Bishop John Elya.
Al, Yvonne, and his children spent quality time in the summer at their home in Yarmouth on Cape Cod. It is there where they formed so many lasting memories. When not at the cape, they would visit with sister-in-law, “Sister Roberta” and family poolside in Methuen or by the shore in Salisbury.
Al’s golden years of retirement were not kind to him as Yvonne endured many years of declining health. This is when Al honored his marriage vows of in sickness and in health. He took the “lead” held the “reins” and went to any “length” or “stretch” to provide Yvonne with the best healthcare possible. He accepted this challenge with love, patience, grace and dignity. He was a loving and dedicated caregiver. He was the best husband “across the board”. He was a “thoroughbred,” a person of uncommon strength and endurance.
To sum up Al’s life, he lived by his favorite song, “My Way.”
Besides his daughter-in-law Linda, Al was blessed and cursed with two “Bonus Daughters” that drove him absolutely crazy: his niece, the late Elaine Neve, and Goddaughter/niece, Paula Mansor-Laliberte.
Among his survivors are sons Robert Del Pozzo, David and Linda Del Pozzo; grandchildren, Nicholas and Christina Del Pozzo, sister and brother-in-law, Roberta and Edmund Mansor, and dear friend, Norma Tatone. “Uncle Freddie” and “Papa Delly” will be affectionately missed by his nieces and nephews in the Del Pozzo, Mansor-Laliberte, and Debs families, as well as his in-laws in the Spinney family.
The family would like to express their sincerest gratitude to High Pointe house for their care, love and compassion.
Alfred’s final wish was to have his funeral Mass celebrated at Holy Rosary Church where he and Yvonne started their marriage journey.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to St. Joseph Melkite Catholic Greek Church, 241 Hampshire Street, Lawrence, MA 01841 in celebration of Al and his friendship with Bishop John Elya.
Relatives and friends are respectfully invited to attend visiting hours on Sunday, January 29, 2023, from 4:00-7:00 PM at Cataudella Funeral Home, 126 Pleasant Valley St., Methuen. His funeral mass will be celebrated on Monday, January 30, 2023, at 10:00 AM at Holy Rosary Shrine, 35 Essex St., Lawrence. Burial will be in the Immaculate Conception Cemetery, Lawrence.
Sunday January 29, 2023 4:00 PM to 7:00 PM Cataudella Funeral Home 126 Pleasant Valley Street Methuen, MA 01844
Monday January 30, 2023 10:00 AM Holy Rosary Shrine 28 Union Street Lawrence, MA 01841
Immaculate Conception Cemetery 29 Barker Street Lawrence, MA 01841