Pontarelli-Marino Funeral Home

971 Branch Ave, Providence, RI


John A. Pompeii Sr.

September 25, 1934July 29, 2020
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John Anthony Pompeii Sr., 85, passed away July 29, 2020.

Born in Providence, he was the son of late Antonio and Fiorenda (Conti) Pompeii; beloved husband of 59 years to Caroline E. (Coletta) Pompeii; father of John A. Pompeii Jr. and his husband Justin D. Burley and Patricia A. Balestra and her husband Stephen Balestra; cherished grandfather of Stefan and Michael; brother of the late Mary Lamoia, Eleanor Dolce, Evelyn Corvese, Anna LaNinfa, and Christina Phanuef.

John honorably served in the US Army during the Korean War. He was a self-employed jewelry designer and manufacturer for his company DuBro Manufacturing in Providence. After his retirement he spent many years volunteering at the Hasbro Children’s Hospital reading to children.

His greatest enjoyment came from spending time with his wife and children. His grandchildren Stefan and Michael were his greatest pride. He was present at every school and sporting event. Special times involved visiting Provincetown and taking them fishing.

He took pride and enjoyment in his home and vegetable garden which he loved working in. John took care of everyone and was always there when you needed him, never refusing to help. He will be deeply missed.

Visitation and funeral services will be held Saturday, 9-10:15 AM from the PONTARELLI-MARINO Home, 971 Branch Avenue, Providence, with a Mass of Christian Burial at 10:30 AM in St. Anthony Church, 1413 Mineral Spring Avenue, North Providence. Military Honors will follow at church. Entombment in St. Ann Cemetery, Cranston will be private. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Hasbro Children’s Hospital at https://giving.lifespan.org/Hasbro/Donate.



  • Visitation

    Saturday, August 1, 2020

  • Mass of Christian Burial

    Saturday, August 1, 2020


  • Private Entombment


John A. Pompeii Sr.

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Donna Ottaviano

August 5, 2020

To Caroline and family,
Deepest sympathy on the passing of your husband. I am very sorry for your loss, Donna Ottaviano

Maria Bessette

August 1, 2020

We’ll never forget all the days your father spent time with my dad during his battle with brain cancer ..sharing stories about Federal Hill or bringing him Tripe from Chi Chi’s deli. John was patient and kind. Special place awaiting him
In heaven 🙏

Karen Santilli

July 31, 2020

Dear Caroline, I’m so sorry to hear of your husbands passing. Please accept my deepest sympathies. Always hold your precious memories of John close to your heart.


Daniela Pagliaro

July 31, 2020

Dear Caroline, Tricia, Stephen, Stefan, Michael,
Carlo and I send our sincere condolences. I have tons of great memories that I will never forget of John and the family.
While growing up the highlight of our Sunday afternoons for me and my sisters, was when John would finally pull up in his black T-Bird (I just loved John's car) and you all would visit with your grandmother and family next door. Such fun when we were all together. You and your cousins felt like family to us. Wonderful memories. Our thoughts and prayers are with you.
Love Daniela and Carlo Pagliaro

Anne Diggle

July 31, 2020

John was a good supervisor and friend at the Robbins Company. His laugh was infectious and it was indeed a pleasure to work for and with him. My sympathies to Carol and the rest of the family.

Arthur & Anna Carvalho

July 31, 2020

Caroline, Trisha, Stephen, Stefan and Michael,
We are so very sorry to hear of John’s passing. Please know you are always in our thoughts and prayers.

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