In November, Triangle lost a treasured member of our community, Al DeMinico. Al spent more than a decade at Triangle and worked tirelessly and enthusiastically on behalf of the people in our programs. In addition to working in our Malden-based programs, he was also a longtime coach of the Bashers Special Olympics softball team. He was a mentor, friend, and coach to countless Triangle program participants who will miss him dearly. As a lifelong resident of the area, Al was passionate about giving back to his home community. In recent years, he led the Triangle crew that worked closely with the Malden Department of Public Works.
Al was one of the first people I met at Triangle and his infectious smile and enthusiasm were a deep reflection of his commitment to serving the disability community. His advice and perspective were invaluable to me and all of us as we moved from sheltered workshop to community-based employment.
Al developed a special bond with the individuals he worked with and made a deep impression on many lives. In early December, Triangle staff members held a virtual memorial service for the community to reflect on and commemorate Al’s life. Countless program participants and staff members from different parts of Triangle’s programming came together to share stories, look at photos, and honor Al’s memory. Multiple attendees commented on his jovial attitude, remarking that he “always had a smile on his face” and that he was a “wonderful guy.” He made a big impression on members of the Bashers team, who called him “the best coach in the world” and shared stories of how he taught them to keep their eyes on the ball and swing the bat. It wasn’t only the program participants who felt the deep impact of Al’s presence – many Triangle staff members commented on how he was an incredible mentor and friend to his colleagues both new and old.
Al’s presence will be deeply missed in the Triangle community, but we’re all lucky to have known such an amazing man who touched and bettered so many lives. As they say in Al’s beloved Italy: “Chi vive sperando, muore cantando.” He who lives with hope dies singing! Thank you Al for all of your hope, humor and great memories.