Hundreds mourn Al Volpe in Woodside

By Bill Parry

Several hundred Woodside residents and community leaders from all over western Queens filed into St. Sebastian’s Roman Catholic Church Saturday to say goodbye to 90-year-old Al Volpe. The longtime member of Community Board 2 and a board member of Woodside on the Move, Volpe always studied the issues and was well informed, according to his friend Joe Conley.

“He was truly one of a kind and he’ll be sorely missed in this community,” Conley said. “He was a champion of so many issues in the community. He fought for a traffic light at 51st and Skillman Avenue. For years the DOT said no but he got it.”

City Councilman Jimmy Van Bramer (D-Sunnyside) was saddened to learn Volpe had died. The two became friends during the four years Van Bramer was a member of CB2.

“Few people cared as much about Woodside for as long as Al did,” Van Bramer said. ““While we didn’t always agree, I know he wanted what was best for our neighborhood. He cared about quality-of- life issues and loved promoting local restaurants and businesses. He loved Woodside so very much.”

Reach reporter Bill Parry by e-mail at bparry@cnglocal.com or by phone at (718) 260–4538.