David J. PandolfiMay 13, 2017
WEST SPRINGFIELD -David John Pandolfi, 71, passed away on Saturday, May 13, 2017 with his wife, Betty, by his side. David was born in West Springfield on April 14, 1946 to the late John and Tosca (DeFilippi) Pandolfi and he remained as a life-long resident of that town. He graduated from West Springfield High School in 1964, after which he attended Wentworth Institute of Technology. David was formerly a communicant of St. Ann’s Church in West Springfield. He worked at AT&T in Springfield for 27 years as a technician and took an early retirement when the company relocated to Georgia. David then joined the Massachusetts Turnpike Authority, where he worked for 13 years as a toll collector. Many people will remember experiencing David’s big, contagious smile and his friendly comments as they passed through his lane at Mass Pike Exit 4. David was also very active in town government and community activities. He served as Chairman of West Springfield’s Cable Advisory Committee for many years and a Town Meeting Member for over 20 years. As a Town Meeting Member, David began the process of taping meetings for citizens to watch on public access television. David also served the town he loved so much as an Auxiliary Police Officer (many years working during the Eastern States Exposition) and a Volunteer Firefighter. David also enjoyed filling the roll of Santa Claus for many years at the Santa House in Mittineague Park. In 1987, David joined West Springfield Chapter of UNICO National, the nation’s largest Italian-American service organization, and is one of only a few of the chapter’s 30-year members. David served as WS UNICO President from 1991 to 1994, and he was also District Governor for several years. David’s father, John Pandolfi, was one of the 27 charter members of WS UNICO, which recently celebrated the organization’s 50th anniversary, and he was the driving force behind the construction of the UNICO Building in Mittineague Park 1970. Inspired by his father’s efforts, David was instrumental in the construction of the swimming pool adjacent to the UNICO Building in 1996. Both the UNICO Building and swimming pool continue to be used by Camp Robinson, West Springfield’s summer camp for special needs children. David had injury and health struggles for the last seven years after a horrific accident. David exhibited tremendous courage and never complained, despite being in constant pain and mostly confined to bed. Throughout that period, David’s loving wife was his primary caregiver in their home. David’s struggles are now over and he is finally free of pain and at peace. David leaves his devoted wife of many years, Betty McCabe-Pandolfi, and his beloved granddaughter, Alyssa Allen of Westfield. He was predeceased by his loving daughter Darci M. (Pandolfi) Allen, daughter of his former wife Karen Pandolfi. David also leaves his uncle, former state representative Walter DeFilippi, and many loving cousins. David’s life will be celebrated by family and friends at a memorial service at 11:00 AM on Thursday, May 18 at the TOOMEY-O’BRIEN FUNERAL HOME, 1043 Westfield Street, West Springfield. Burial will immediately follow at St. Thomas Cemetery. Calling hours will be Wednesday, May 17 from 4:00 PM to 7:00 PM. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in David’s memory to West Springfield UNICO, P.O. Box 1131, West Springfield, MA 01090-1131.