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Outspoken Woodside activist Al Volpe dies at age 90 – QNS.com

Outspoken Woodside activist Al Volpe dies at age 90

Photo courtesy of Facebook/Councilman Jimmy Van Bramer

Al Volpe, a Community Board 2 member and advocate, has passed away at the age of 90.

The Woodside resident was also a board member of Woodside on the Move, a nonprofit organization that runs free community programs. Volpe was most vocal on transportation issues in the community, voicing his concerns about bike routes along Vernon Boulevard and Skillman Avenue.

“Al Volpe was a force to be reckoned with when he took on an issue he was passionate about,” CB 2 Chair Pat O’Brien said in an email. “Never accepting nothing less than the very best for his community, Al would lobby elected officials and government agencies and would never take no for an answer.”

Councilman Jimmy Van Bramer, who served on the board of CB 2 with Volpe for four years, said that “few people cared as much about Woodside for as long as Al did.”

“He cared about quality-of-life issues and loved promoting local restaurants and businesses,” Van Bramer added. “He loved Woodside so very much.”

Volpe is survived by his wife, Catherine, his daughter, Alison Michaels, his sister, Rose, and four grandchildren.

His funeral was held on Dec. 12 at St. Sebastian Church in Woodside.

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