Frank DeMello

1945 ∼ 2019

Timothy Pope of West Bridgewater, MA wrote:

Mr. DeMello was my 5th grade teacher. He was, by far, one of my favorite teachers. I was able to go back and visit him in 2006 when I began working for the town. His kindness and warm smile will always stay with me. He was an incredible educator who truly cared for his students and inspired a strong desire to learn while sharing his classroom. To say we will miss you, Mr. Demello, is an understatement. You affected many students in such a positive way that we could never truly repay you. Rest in peace, sir. God bless!

Joanna (Cap) Pistone of Raynham, MA wrote:

I am a member of The West Bridgewater Class of 1979. Our class was the first class that Mr. DeMello taught when he came to our town. He taught 5th grade Social Studies at the Rose L MacDonald School. He was not your ordinary teacher. He came with new ideas and progressive teaching methods. We did not realize we were even being taught, were just having fun. I remember our desks forming a “U” shape with his desk at the top of the”U” thereby making it into a full circle. He taught from within that circle, moving around, his enthusiasm contagious, allowing him to keep our attention. I don’t think we ever used a text book in his class. He talked and we listened. We talked and he listened. Conversations are one of the ways we learned from him. We learned actively from him. He was the first teacher to take us outdoors, showing us that the world is a classroom. He got us excited about learning. I remember one homework assignment was to watch the Winter Olympics every night. Watching TV for homework! I’m sure I wasn’t the only student who had parents that needed a bit of convincing! But that was how he taught us about different countries and their people. It was also a lesson on Geography as well as about the ancient Greeks. I know this has been very lengthy but there is a reason for that. It is because I REMEMBER. I remember this wonderful man because he was such a great teacher and it seems like just yesterday that I was in his classroom, watching this handsome man with the longer hair, mustache and a smile that lit up the room. (many of his female students had crushes on him!). I last saw him around 2003 when he came into the West Bridgewater Public Library where I worked. I remember that familiar face and the friendly smile. My deepest sympathy goes out to his family and friends. This is a man who will be missed and will not be forgotten. He changed the lives that he touched, and those hearts remember. “A teacher effects eternity; he can never know tell where his influence stops...” (Henry Adams) Sincerely, Joanna (Cap) Pistone

Jennifer Fitch-Tewfik of Canton, MA wrote:

He was a sweet man and a wonderful teacher who was devoted to his students. He inspired me to go into teaching. R.I.P. Mr. DeMello.

Ken Thaxter of West Bridgewater wrote:

I had the honor and privilege to work as the DARE officer in Franks class before he retired. He was a true gentleman. My respects to all his family and friends

Brendan Joyce of Boston, MA wrote:

I had Mr. DeMello for social studies in both 5th and 6th grade at the Howard School in West Bridgewater. I wasn't the most focused or gifted student at that age, but he recognized that I had an innate passion for history compared to my peers. He went out of his way to encourage and inspire me to embrace that passion. I'll never forget how excited he was about my project on World War 2 and the great satisfaction of getting my first ever "A+". I've aced every history class ever since. It's fitting that his wake will be in the same place as my father's, who also played a major role in developing my love for history. Some teachers leave an indelible mark on their students, and Mr. DeMello was that type of teacher for hundreds and hundreds of kids who were lucky enough to learn from him. Thank you, Mr. DeMello!

Barbara Sylvester Waugh of East Bridgewater, MA wrote:

Mr.DeMello was my tennis coach and he was the epitome of "For He Is A Jolly Good Fellow". He was very kind, and always had a nice word for everyone.He smiled often.Condolences to his family and may you R.I.P.Mr. DeMello

Emily Meade (McPhail) of Carver, MA wrote:

I graduated from WBHS in 1995 and had the pleasure of having Mr. DeMello as a teacher at the Howard School. He was always one of my most favorite teachers, and I have many fond memories of both his class and the Top Hat program that he ran. I will never forget the ‘Mock Trials’ that we did with him during Top Hat and how fun he made learning. He was such a kind man and was able to make meaningful connections with his students. As a teacher myself, I know how important that is to the learning process. Mr. DeMello left me with many wonderful memories of my middle school years, and I have no doubt that his other former students feel the same. He will be very missed!

Martha Weeks Zimmerman of Providence, Ri wrote:

I was so saddened to hear of Frannie's death. I remember him well from growing up on Clapp Road in Scituate and his playing in our field and sledding down the hill in our yard. Best wishes from my siblings, Peter, Topher, Paula and David. Our thoughts are with his family.

Lynne Hopper of West Bridgewater, MA wrote:

My sons Doug and Mark Salvador had Frank as their T.O.P.H.A.T. teacher in the 80s. They enjoyed him very much. As a teacher at the high school, I was his colleague. I am so sorry to hear of his passing. My deepest condolences.

Laura Seablom Macomber of Lakeville wrote:

One of my 4th grade teachers many years ago. Rest In Peace and prayers for the family

Jeanne Menton of Naples, FL wrote:

Frank was a dear colleague at the Howard School ! He was a kind, exceptional teacher

Heather & Ron Jones of West Bridgewater, MA wrote:

Frank was an amazing teacher to our 3 children Matt,Lyndsay & Doug. They all wished they could have him again in 6th grade! He was born to teach!! With our deepest sympathy & prayers for his family during this difficult time.

Lorrie Mardo of Wareham, MA wrote:

A wonderful teacher with a kind gentle manner who always had a smile for everyone. Thank you for passing on to my 3 children your love of reading and adventure. Rest In Peace.

Cheryl Enos of West Bridgewater wrote:

I was privileged to work with Frank for many years at the Howard School. He was an incredible teacher who left an indelible mark on all who passed through his door(students, parents, colleagues). He looked at each of his students as individuals and searched out their strengths, igniting the joy of learning within them. His kindness showed in his smile, but was rampant in his heart. Always, always a smile and kind word. My deepest sympathy to all who loved him. God Bless.

Spencer dowdle of West Bridgewater Massachusetts wrote:

So sorry to hear about his passing. He was a great teacher of mine

Carolyn stasz of Harwich, ma wrote:

Maryanne so sorry to read about your husband, all my love and strength to you and your family.

Deana Lindquist-Grantsis of West Bridgewater wrote:

My memories from childhood in the fifth grade of Mr. DeMello were fond memories

Amy errington of West bridgewater wrote:

Thank you for being an inspiration of a teacher. You will be truly missed. My condolences to your family and friends.

Shanna Dowd of Greensboro, North Carolina wrote:

Mr. DeMello was my 5th grade social studies teacher at Howard School. He was an amazing teacher who made learning fun and exciting - I believe my first exposure to an actual desktop computer was in his classroom. I will never forget how he taught our class to work collaboratively and appreciate others. He is one of the reasons I have been a teacher now for almost 20 years. He will be dearly missed.

Steve Farrell of Duxbury MA wrote:

A good man. Thx for your help with Webelos Den 1, Pack 62 in Duxbury MA...and thanks for solidifying my interest in folk music.