OBITUARY

Victor Richard Popeo, M.D.

9 May, 193630 April, 2021

Victor R. Popeo, MD 5/9/36-4/30/21 Marco Island, FL & Yarmouthport, MA

Victor Richard Popeo, MD, also affectionately known as “Dr. Vic”, passed away peacefully at his home in Florida, surrounded by family.

Born to Italian immigrants, the late Vincent and Esterina (Gianasca) Popeo, Vic grew up in East Boston, Massachusetts along with his three sisters and two brothers.

Vic graduated from Boston College ‘57, where he worked several jobs including a trumpeter in several jazz bands to pay for his education. During his undergraduate years at BC, he fell in love with a fellow student, Annette Collins. They married in December 1958 while he was attending Tufts University Medical School, from which he graduated in 1961.

During the next three years of internships and a residency at Boston Floating Hospital, all four of his children were born. The family moved to Walpole, MA where he joined fellow partners, the late Dr. Edwin Hubbard and the late Dr. George Geyer at Walpole Pediatrics. Shortly after settling in Walpole, Vic was drafted during the Vietnam War and moved with his family to Wurzberg, Germany serving as a Captain in the US Army from 1966-1969. During this time, he met the late Dr. Arthur J Lusty III, who later would become the 4th partner at Walpole Pediatrics and one of Vic’s dearest friends.

Over his long and distinguished career, Dr. Vic held numerous positions including Chief of Residency at Kennedy Memorial Hospital, Chief of Pediatrics and Physician in Charge at US Army Hospital of Wurzberg, Germany, and Chief of Pediatrics, at Norwood Hospital. He maintained a multitude of staff positions including at Westwood Lodge Hospital and Children’s Hospital Medical Center. In addition, he taught at Tufts University School of Medicine serving as an instructor and Assistant Clinical Professor of Pediatrics. He retired in 1995 but kept his license to practice so that he could continue to educate adults and treat children on a volunteer basis.

Vic was an inspirational and gifted physician with a kind and generous heart and a brilliant mind. His passion was in helping others, especially children and their families, but the generosity of his time and knowledge also extended to many charitable causes. Vic’s deepest devotion was for his family. Nothing made him happier than spending time with them, especially his grandchildren and telling his countless, embellished stories. Vic was a competitive tennis player, an avid skier, runner, and trumpet player. He also enjoyed golf, bocce and woodworking. He had a genuine love and respect for animals, nature, wildlife, botany and all living things.

He will always be remembered for his sense of humor, his mischievous smile and fierce sense of gratitude and humility; he never forgot his roots.

He is survived by his beloved wife of 62 years, Annette (Collins), his daughters: Joanie Popeo-Madinah (husband Mahdi) of Dixon, CA, Denise Popeo of Apex, NC and Marlene Popeo-Nickerson (husband Mark) of East Lyme, CT; Grandchildren: Nicolle Murphy of Philadelphia, PA, Ryan Nickerson and Andrew Nickerson of South Boston, Siblings: R. Robert Popeo Esq.(wife Brenda) of Needham, MA, and Mary Popeo Greenburg (husband Hank) of Venice, Fla. He is predeceased by his son, David Popeo of Woburn, MA and siblings Connie Wilson (husband Dave) of Lexington KY, Jim Popeo (wife Joan) Peabody MA, and Helen Gladney (husband Arthur) of Barrington RI.

A private family service will be held at a later date. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations are welcome at: Tufts Children’s Hospital 755 Washington Street Boston, MA 02111 OR Vitas Hospice Health Care Attn.: donations 4980 Tamiami Trail North Suite 103 Naples, FL 34103

The family would like extend their sincere gratitude to the many doctors, nurses and health care providers who cared for Vic. Please visit http://www.hodgesjosberger.com/ to leave condolences.

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  • A private family service will be held at a later date.

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Alvin Cotlar

23 June 2021

I don't believe anyone reading this email will remember who I am. I was chief of general surgery in Wurzburg from 1964 - 1967 and had a survival after an operation on a 2 pound 4-ounce infant with duodenal atresia. It was primarily treated by Art Lusty, Arnold Zeff, and Richard Evans, but I believe Vic also participated in the baby's care before she and her parents were sent home. I wonder if Art Lusty III was the son of Art Lusty who was in Wurzburg with me. My condolences to the Popeo family and the Lustys. I will be 89 in December and greatly miss the days in Wurzburg and the young physicians I worked with.

David Shaughnessy

15 May 2021

I was one of his patients as a young boy. He was the best and I was a rough child. That man needs a hero award.

Wayne and Joan Kivi

15 May 2021

We were saddened to read of Vic's passing. He will have a special place in our hearts and will be remembered with great fondness. Literally, thousands of children will be ever grateful for his kind, thoughtful, and tender loving care. We shared many laughs and wonderful memories. He freely gave his time and advice to the many families of the Johnson Middle School. My favorite story is remembering Vic tell of his famous "hole in one" and had to admit that he had used an old beat-up golf ball. We offer our prayers and deepest condolences to Annette and her family.
Wayne and Joan Kivi

Kerri St Jean

12 May 2021

We will miss you Uncle Vic! You were so gentle and kind , always happy and smiling. We were so lucky to have you as an uncle , lots of love, Kerri St Jean and family

Arthur Gladney

12 May 2021

Uncle Vic,

You were always there for me since I was a child. You took me to the barber and on many occasions and over the years related the fun experiences we had together as well as my remarks regarding driving through the Sumner Tunnel. You and Bob played your trumpets for me and were always available for a tickle.

In later life when Grandma (Esterina) finally realized that you were a real doctor, you were available when someone in the family was ill and gave us advice regarding what to do.

When I was working on the popeofamily.com website, you and Annette helped me identify who was in the many black and white photographs taken by your father Vincent (Vincenzo) many years ago.

You told me that when you were drafted to go to Germany you had to learn how to fly a helicopter in the event you were transferred to Vietnam and the tense moments in Germany with your family fearing an emanant Russian invasion during the cold war.

You always put a smile on the face of everyone you met.

Uncle Vic, you were always there, and now you are not. However, you will always live in my memories and I will cherish having known you.

Your nephew,

Art

Sara Becker

11 May 2021

I was deeply saddened to learn of Dr. Vics passing. I will never forget the day 47 years ago that a friend told me about him when I was searching for a pediatrician for my newborn son Thomas. From the moment we met there was this instant connection with both me and my big, beautiful 9lb9oz baby boy. I may be crazy and I am sure a lot of other Moms felt the same way, but I always suspected that he had a soft spot for Tom and he felt the same way about Dr Vic. Tom was very upset when he got older and I told him he had to get an "adult" doctor because he had outgrown pediatrics. But even more special and poignant to me was this one day when my boys (I had Brian a few years after Tom was born) were teenagers and I had a sort of "breakdown" that felt like nothing I had ever experienced and my husband did not know what to do and I looked at him through the "fog" I was in and I said...call Dr. Popeo.....he will help me and tell us what to do. I will always feel that he somehow saved my life that day as he explained to my husband to take me to the hospital and he even called ahead and told them what to do when I arrived. This is the type of special, compassionate human being this man was and I will forever be grateful to have had the pleasure of knowing him and will cherish those memories from long ago until we meet again someday and I can thank him again for being there for me. I wish I could tell him that Thomas is a successful Producer in CA and Brian is now a police Sergeant in Walpole! I extend my heartfelt sympathies to his beautiful family and hope that the many wonderful memories of him will help guide you through this sad time.
With deepest sympathy,
Sara, Thomas and Brian Becker
Walpole, MA

Cathy McDonagh

9 May 2021

Rest in peace! Dr. Popeo was so wonderful to me when I was going through my divorce....so understanding. My kids loved you and were sad to hear of your passing.
Cathy (Leahy) McDonagh

Shirley OBrien

9 May 2021

Not only was Dr. Popeo my pediatrician, but also my 3 sons, from 1985 until his retirement in 1995. In 1985 when my first was born at Norwood hospital 4weeks early, Dr. Popeo would call me every morning with an update, Sunday, May 12, 1985, he called to wish me a happy Mother’s Day and to let me know we could bring our little guy home. I’ll never forget it. I cried when he retired from Walpole Pediatric shortly after my 3rd son was born. Rest In Peace Dr. Popeo.

Edmund and Anne Cataldo

9 May 2021

Annette, Joan, Marlene and Denise - Please accept our deepest sympathy upon the death of "Dr. Vic". Coincidentally, today, just before we heard your news, our son Mark was reminiscing with us as how he was Dr. Vic's very first patient and ended up being the very last patient he saw in the Walpole office! We, also, have very fond memories of him; he was good friend and classmate. We are certain that you all shall miss him very much.

Sincerely, Ed and Anne Cataldo

Joan Bendery

9 May 2021

It was my pleasure and privilege to know Dr. Popeo during his years as an intern and resident at Floating. It was easy to see how much he enjoyed his work. I am very sorry for your loss.

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