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Riccomini, Alfred Paul March 19, 1934 - July 3, 2024

Date of Funeral

July 11, 2024

Alfred Paul Riccomini of Edinboro, Pennsylvania, passed away on Wednesday, July 3, 2024, at the age of 90. Born in The Bronx, New York City on March 19, 1934, he was the son of the late Alfredo Riccomini and Flora Simi Riccomini.

Alfred was the beloved husband of 56 years to Esther Riccomini and the cherished father of Paul (Andrea) Riccomini, Laurie (John) Swenson, Marc Riccomini, Stephen (Susan) Riccomini, Julie (Brandon) Johnson, David Riccomini, Matthew (Kathy) Riccomini, and Amy (Brandon) Ward. He was the loving grandfather of Tyler, Jay, Maximilian, Nicholas, McKinley, Carter, Abram, Sarah, Alice, Rachel, Ethan, and Owen. Alfred was also a dear brother to Ascania (Joe) Mastroianni, Rose Marie (Aldo) Gerbi, and Adrienne Riccomini.

Alfred graduated from Fordham Preparatory School and Fordham University. He continued his education at The City University of New York and The University of Pittsburgh, where he received a PhD in School Psychology and Special Education, as well as a postdoctoral degree in Neuropsychology from Tufts University. His career as an educator spanned over 35 years, from a third-grade classroom teacher in the Bronx to a professor at Edinboro University of Pennsylvania, where he taught and supervised interns in Special Education, retiring in 2002. A lifelong learner himself, Alfred encouraged all of his children to continue their education.

While raising his eight children, Alfred enjoyed coaching, gardening, skiing, traveling, and building additions onto his home to meet the needs of an ever-growing family. He was active in his community through the Kiwanis Club and the United Methodist Church in Edinboro, where he taught Sunday School with his wife and attended the men’s book group.

In retirement, Alfred and his wife split their time between Pennsylvania and Florida, where they loved playing pickleball, biking, walking, shoveling snow, listening to Italian opera, sitting by the pool, cooking, talking with neighbors, watching sunsets at the beach, and most importantly, hosting their children and grandchildren. Although he left New York City in his 20s, The Bronx and his Italian heritage were always close to his heart. He will be forever missed by those who knew and loved him.

Friends may call at the Van Matre Funeral Home, 306 Erie St., Edinboro on Wednesday, July 10 from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. and on Thursday, July 11 from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. The funeral service will follow at 11 a.m. at the Van Matre Funeral Home followed by a luncheon at the Edinboro United Methodist Church.

In lieu of flowers, please consider making a donation to the Edinboro United Methodist Church or St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital in Alfred’s honor.

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Friends may call at the Van Matre Funeral Home, 306 Erie St., Edinboro on Wednesday, July 10 from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. and on Thursday, July 11 from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. The funeral service will follow at 11 a.m. at the Van Matre Funeral Home followed by a luncheon at the Edinboro United Methodist Church.

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    Brent Wyman says

    Riccomini Family All,

    Was saddened to hear this news. Alfred had such a welcoming smile, even while I was thinking “don’t welcome anymore kids to your home!”. Know that Spirit is at Peace now. Our deepest condolences.

    The Wyman Family

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    Terry Steirer says

    Dear Esther,
    Although we didn’t see you and Al as much as we might have liked, when we did get together we always enjoyed your company. I’d like to think that we would have had more in common than our politics and our mutual grandsons, Ethan and Owen.
    Please accept our sincere condolences.
    Joe and Terry Steirer

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    Stephen Horn says

    Paul, Laurie & Family –

    Very sad to read of ‘Mr. Riccomini’s’ passing – very fond memories throughout the band/school years of your father. So glad to know, though, that he had a good, long life. I hope you are well and that you carry many happy memories through this time.

    Best,

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    Anne DeLuca says

    I was so sorry to hear of Dr. Riccomini’s passing. I was a student of his at Edinboro both in undergraduate and graduate school. He loved teaching and he passed that on to his students, I retired in 2021 from the Barber Center as a Special Ed teacher for 41 years. Thank you for sharing him with us.

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    Lauren Jurczynski says

    Dave and the Riccomini Family,

    We are so sorry to hear of your loss. Thinking of you all during this difficult time. May your many happy memories give you comfort and peace.

    Love,
    The Averill Park Music Department
    Lauren, Michele, Sabrina, Betsy, Adam, Mike, and Sarah

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