|Albert Romolo Fondy|
|Birth: ||Dec. 5, 1935|
|Death: ||May 18, 2005|
The Catholic Cemeteries Association of the Diocese of Pittsburgh - Cemetery Records - Albert R. Fondy, Date of Birth: 12/05/1935, Date of Death: 05/18/2005, Calvary Cemetery, Section: Calvary Garden/Unit A.
Obituary: Al Fondy - Teachers union president - Headed both city, state organizations - Thursday, May 19, 2005 - Al Fondy, president of the Pittsburgh Federation of Teachers for 38 years, died yesterday of cancer at ManorCare Health Services in Green Tree after a lengthy illness. He was 69. (..) He attended St. Joseph Academy Elementary School of Pittsburgh, Central Catholic High School and Duquesne University, where he earned a bachelor's degree in 1958 and an education certificate in 1959. (..)
Mr. Fondy lost the first time he ran for union president in 1965 but won in 1967 and had served steadily ever since. The union was small at first -- about 300 members -- but grew to about 1,000 of the district's more than 3,800 teachers by the time of its first strike in 1968. That strike was to win the right for representation. The union now has more than 3,900 members. (..) Mr. Fondy's ability to win respect was noted by James Weaver, president of the Pennsylvania State Education Association, who called Mr. Fondy "an icon of labor unions in Pennsylvania public education." "Al made many friends throughout his career," Weaver said, "but even those he didn't win over respected his determination and his skill as a negotiator, a lobbyist and above all a spokesman for public schools and the men and women who work there."
Mr. Fondy was already ill during the 2003 negotiations, but Campbell said he showed "incredible energy." Mr. Fondy's brother, Thomas of Syracuse, N.Y., later donated stem cells, and Mr. Fondy improved for a period of time. Last year, he marched in the Labor Day parade before his health worsened. A booster of stem cells from his brother was unsuccessful in reversing his illness.
Mr. Fondy and his wife, Vivian, were married for 36 years. He spoke proudly of the accomplishments of their now-grown daughter, Jessica, of the Arlington section of Pittsburgh, a valedictorian of Brashear High School and graduate of Wesleyan University. (..) In addition to his wife, daughter, mother and brother, Mr. Fondy is survived by a sister, Bernadette, of Greensburg.
Friends will be received from 2 to 5 and 6 to 9 p.m. Monday and Tuesday at the William Slater II Funeral Home, 1650 Greentree Road, Scott. The funeral service and burial will be private. A public memorial service will be announced at a later date. The family suggests contributions to the union's QuEST Scholarship Fund -- which stands for Quality Education Standards in Teaching and is for city students planning to become teachers -- at union headquarters, 10 S. 19th St., Pittsburgh 15203. Published in the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette from 5/19/2005 - 5/23/2005.
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Plot: Calvary Garden/Unit A
Created by: Mark Fonda
Record added: Dec 21, 2013
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