To honor a distinguished Mariners Harbor resident who passed away in 2013 at the age of 85, friends, family members and neighbors gathered on Monday, Feb. 23, at the Northwest corner of Forest Avenue and Maple Parkway to rename the intersection Vincent C. Pompa Way.
“I am proud to honor Vincent C. Pompa, whose dynamic leadership led to many improvements in his community of Mariners Harbor and to the residents of Staten Island’s North Shore,” said Councilwoman Debi Rose. “Known as ‘the Mayor of Mariners Harbor,’ he was a man who valued his family and his community.”
Vincent C. Pompa was born in Graniteville, and in 1954 he settled in Mariners Harbor, where he lived until his death in 2013. He served his country in the U.S. Navy during World War II from 1944 through 1946, earned a bachelor’s degree from Wagner College and worked as a chemist for the Carter Wallace Company until his retirement in 1992. Pompa was a long time member of the Mariners Harbor Civic Association, serving as its president for 11 years. He was a 47-year member of the Five Star Post of the American Legion and a Eucharistic Minister for the parish of St. Clements-St. Michael.
Pompa served as Chair of the Board of Directors of the Beacon Christian Community Center, a medical facility that brought urgently needed health care to a community with the lowest number of medical professionals on the North Shore. He was the force behind the creation of the Joseph Manna Park near the Goethals Bridge and worked diligently with his neighbors and elected officials to have the U. S. Post Office moved from Richmond Terrace to a more central location on Forest Avenue. Pompa served on Community Board 1 and worked to bring the Mariners Harbor Public Library into being.
“Vincent Pompa always sought solutions for the problems he observed,” said Councilwoman Debi Rose. “He is remembered as a good friend, a family man, a role model and a fierce fighter for the community of Mariners Harbor and his beloved Staten Island.”