Silvester "Sal"-Pomponi-Obituary

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Silvester "Sal" J Pomponi

Jan 2, 1929 - May 15, 2019 (Age 90)

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I had the privilege to work with Sal on two NATO projects spanning fourteen years. Both thrived through his vast knowledge, experience and novel ideas. His kindness and generosity made him a joy to work with. He was my mentor and friend and I will miss him dearly. Rest in peace, Sal, you are an inspiration for ever.

Working for Sal at MITRE, we learned a LOT from him over the years...certainly technically, and also professionally. Thank you Sal, you will be missed.

I am so sad to hear of Sal's passing. I briefly knew him from work as I cover the lobby in the afternoons. He was a very nice person. I remember talking with him about decades-old work photos I came across. Praying for the family.

Sal and I were classmates at MIT and then became workmates at Mitre when it was formed. Shortly thereafter, we drove down to Montgomery, Alabama and roomed together for over six months while testing the ability of the SAGE system to defend the country from a prospective air strike using the BOMARC missile. While there, after work we played a lot of bridge (he was a very good player) and experienced the distinctive Southern culture which, among other things, was symbolized by the singular...

I had a great honor and pleasure to cooperate with Sal on implementation of two important programs: Air Sovereignty Operations Center for Poland and NATO-Russia Council Cooperative Airspace Initiative.
Sal was an unusual command and control system engineer and a great man.
His personality that was a composition of eminent knowledge and experience, enthusiasm but also patience, effectiveness, courtesy and kindness, sense of humor and friendship, caused that we liked Sal and held...

When someone we love falls asleep in death the memories we have of them become our treasure, may those cherished memories of a life well lived and God's promise at (John 6:40) bring you a measure of comfort and peace during this time of deep sorrow. Please accept my deepest sympathies.

Working for Sal for so many years is something I am deeply grateful for. But also I was even more blessed to have a friendship with him. We climbed various mountains together (even in the winter) many times in Japan. Even after I retired (and Sal amazingly had not yet) we kept in touch and met several times when he came to Japan for business. Having a friend whose simple conversation and presence can enrich your life is a great gift - something I received from Sal.

I agree with George R. that: "Sal was a fantastic engineer, leader and mentor. His modest and self effacing style hid a man of enormous talent." Sal was also a devoted family man and a pillar of the Bedford community. His support of St. Michael Parish and the Citizens' Scholarship Association are well remembered. Having "rubbed shoulders" with Sal, since we worked a number of similar programs for the Department of Defense, etc. I felt he was an exemplar of the effective...

I had the great, great privilege of working with Sal when I worked for the Air Force as a civilian in Foreign Military Sales at Hanscom AFB. Sal was our resident, world-renowned, MITRE expert on all things air defense and command and control. He was truly, truly exceptional...a wonderful man....brilliant but modest....enthusiastic but patient....a great teacher...a kind, so smart; so, so nice; so, so interesting; and so, so extremely well respected by all who knew and worked...


Silvester "Sal"'s Obituaries

Silvester "Sal" J. Pomponi, 90, of Bedford, May 15, 2019.

Funeral from the Bedford Funeral Home, 167 Great Rd., Bedford, on Tuesday, May 21, at 12:15 P.M. followed by a funeral Mass in St. Michael Church, 90 Concord Rd., Bedford, at 1:15 P.M.

Visitation will be held at the funeral home on Monday, May 20, from 4:00 to 7:00 P.M.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to CSF of Bedford, Dollars for Scholars, P.O. Box 585, Bedford, MA 01730.


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