Michael R. Tramonte

May 17, 2019

Michael R. Tramonte
U.S. Veteran

US Army

Korean Conflict

Dr. Michael R. Tramonte – of Woburn. Beloved husband of Josephine M. (D’Agostino)Tramonte. Devoted father of Michael F. Tramonte of Woburn and Michelle A. Vitanzo and her husband John of NJ. Cherished grandfather of Logan and Elle Vitanzo. Dear brother of Dante Tramonte of Revere, John Tramonte of Tewksbury and the late Antonio Tramonte and Mary and Julia Gianino. Also survived by many loving nieces and nephews. His Funeral Mass will take place on Wednesday, May 22nd at 10 a.m. in St. Mary’s Church 158 Washington St., Winchester, MA. Please meet directly at the Church. Interment will follow in Oakgrove Cemetery, Medford. Relatives and friends are respectfully invited to Calling Hours, Tuesday, 4-8 p.m., in the Lynch – Cantillon Funeral Home, 263 Main Street, WOBURN. In lieu of flowers, and in honor of Michael, remembrances may be made in his honor to the American Red Cross c/o Disaster Relief  PO Box 37839 Boone, IA 50037 or to the Care Dimensions Hospice 75 Sylvan Street, B-102 Danvers, MA 01923.

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Dr. Michael R. Tramonte – of Woburn, died peacefully at his home, Friday, May 17th, with his family by his side. He was the beloved husband of Josephine M. (D’Agostino) Tramonte.

Michael was born in Malden to Italian immigrants Michael and Vincenza (Buontempo) Tramonte. As a child growing up, Michael played on several sandlot baseball teams. He also played the trumpet and was a member of the Medford High School Concert Band.  During high school,  he was a member of the varsity baseball and track teams as well as a member of the National Honor Society.

After graduating from Medford High School, Michael was accepted and studied for the missionary priesthood at Maryknoll Jr. Seminary in Pennsylvania. After leaving the seminary, Michael was drafted into the US Army where he served his country proudly, during the Korean War. During that time, he was assigned to the Army Honor Guard as its bugler, where he played Taps in the rendering of Military Funeral Honors for both active service members and veterans.

After being honorably discharged, Michael went to Boston College on the Korean GI Bill, where he graduates cum laude. He graduated from Boston College, State College at Boston, Boston College Graduate School, and earned his Doctorate from Boston University.  He also earned a Comprehensive Paralegal Certificate at Bentley College, and he couldn’t have done any of it without the help and support of his wife Josephine.

For seven years, Michael taught social studies in Medford. While there, he also volunteered to speak as an Army veteran to students in our school system on Memorial Day. Later, he was employed as a Lowell Public school psychologist for 28 years, where he assessed students who were experiencing problems, and after a school tragedy, he provided crisis intervention to students, teachers, administrators, and parents.

In addition, as an adjunct instructor, he taught psychology courses, especially Abnormal Psychology, at Middlesex Community College for almost 40 years. And he was a professor at Rivier College for 11 years, where he was awarded the Professor Emeritus Award. For 12 consecutive years Michael was an expert presenter on trauma/disasters and interventions at NASP conventions throughout the country.

For more than twenty years, he was a mental health volunteer for the American Red Cross of Massachusetts and assisted at numerous local and more than 10 national disasters. He also assisted at several Logan Airport disaster practice exercises, as well as assisted during Hurricane Katrina, the September 11th terrorist attacks and the Boston Marathon Bombings. He also taught Foundations of Disaster Mental Health and numerous Psychological First Aid courses to Red Cross disaster volunteers and staff.

A proud and longtime resident of Woburn, Michael served as a T-Ball Little League coach while his children were growing up and also as a mental health member of the Woburn Medical Reserve Corps (MRC). He was a member of various organizations, including, The Woburn Knights of Columbus Council #77, St. Pius X Assembly #404, Knights of Columbus Fourth Degree, Woburn Lodge of Elks #908, George A. Campbell Post, No. 101 of the American Legion, Woburn Medical Reserve Corps and the American Red Cross of Massachusetts Chapter.  He has received numerous awards throughout his life.

Michael enjoyed, reading psychological, sociological, philosophical, and spiritual/religious literature. Listening to classical, jazz, and/or march music, was his favorite way to relax, and he was a proud supporter of the Boston Red Sox and the New England Patriots. He also enjoyed learning how to draw, walking and dancing with his wife and spending time with his children and two grandchildren, and playing table pool with friends.

For Michael’s 50th Boston College graduate reunion in 2010, he wrote the following personal reflection that was included in his yearbook:

 “We live in a success-oriented materialistic society.  The “summum bonum” for so many is the “survival of the fittest.”  To counteract that pragmatic philosophy, we, as members of the human family, need to be “compassionately present” to others by advocating for peace, charity, as well as for social justice and by living the Gospel’s “Beatitudes” {and the Golden Rule}.  While on earth, we need to make the world a better place for others.”

Michael’s family described him as a very special man who dedicated his life to helping others and fight for rights for the less fortunate. He was an inspiration to all.  Michael and his family want to Thank the Red Cross for giving him the opportunity to help and serve many people and communities throughout his life. He left a mark on this world and will truly be missed.

Along with his wife, Josephine, Michael is survived and will be deeply missed by his children, Michael F. Tramonte of Woburn and Michelle A. Vitanzo and her husband John of NJ. Cherished grandfather of Logan and Elle Vitanzo. Dear brother of Dante Tramonte of Revere, John Tramonte of Tewksbury and the late Antonio Tramonte and Mary and Julia Gianino. Also survived by many loving nieces and nephews.

His Funeral Mass will take place on Wednesday, May 22nd at 10 a.m. in St. Mary’s Church 158 Washington St., Winchester, MA. Please meet directly at the Church. Interment will follow in Oakgrove Cemetery, Medford. Relatives and friends are respectfully invited to Calling Hours, Tuesday, 4-8 p.m., in the Lynch – Cantillon Funeral Home, 263 Main Street, WOBURN. In lieu of flowers, and in honor of Michael, remembrances may be made in his honor to the American Red Cross c/o Disaster Relief  PO Box 37839 Boone, IA 50037 or to the Care Dimensions Hospice 75 Sylvan Street, B-102 Danvers, MA 01923.

 

His Funeral Mass will take place on Wednesday, May 22nd at 10 a.m. in St. Mary’s Church 158 Washington St., Winchester, MA. Please meet directly at the Church. Interment will follow in Oakgrove Cemetery, Medford. Relatives and friends are respectfully invited to Calling Hours, Tuesday, 4-8 p.m., in the Lynch – Cantillon Funeral Home, 263 Main Street, WOBURN. In lieu of flowers, and in honor of Michael, remembrances may be made in his honor to the American Red Cross c/o Disaster Relief  PO Box 37839 Boone, IA 50037 or to the Care Dimensions Hospice 75 Sylvan Street, B-102 Danvers, MA 01923.

https://www.redcross.org/donate/donation.html/

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  1. Mike Griffiths

    Mike, Michelle, Mrs. T, and the rest of family,
    Deana and I are so sorry for the loss of your father, husband, uncle, brother, cousin, and friend. He will always be fondly remembered to me as Mr. Tramonte, driving us in the old yellow banana station wagon to Red Sox games and Lions Club cook-outs (seatbelts? what are those?). Always positive, always supportive, and certainly a success in a life dedicated to service, starting with his service with the Army in the Korean War, through counseling survivors of 9/11. Your loss is Heaven’s gain, and you can be sure to know he will continue to serve among the legions of angels watching over those of us still stumbling through our mortal lives. May he rest in peace.

    Deepest condolences,
    Mike & Deana Griffiths

  2. God bless Michael! May he rest in peace! May he enjoy the Holy Face of God who he sought in life and may his whole family receive consolation from the memory of his life.

  3. Michael Dougherty

    Uncle Michael was one of the most giving individuals I have met. Similar to my amazing father-in-law, if there was a person in need, these two brothers were on the case immediately. This quality of giving without pause was something their mother inspired y example. For Michael it was ministering to those affected by a disaster of any type. As a Red Cross volunteer Michael was on his way to ease the mental suffering of those affected. One week after 9-11, Michael departed for NYC. It is likely the week Michael spent at Ground Zero caused the deadly cancer that took his life early. I was in the hospital room with Michael’s brother, my father-in-law, when this issue came up. “You know”, said Michael, “knowing this…I would do it again without a thought”. “Compassionately Present” as his nice Donna aptly said. Michael, the worldwill miss you. I pray we all consider the length we go to make this world a better place.

  4. Josephine I am so sorry for you and your family.
    I’ll keep you in my thoughts and prayers.
    Love ~ Mary Smith

  5. I had the pleasure of volunteering with him on the DMH Team. My condolences to the entire family.

  6. Diane Shattuck

    We are deeply sadden by Uncle Michael’s passing. He was a very special, son. I will always remember the Saturdays I spent with him growing up. Uncle Michael you will be greatly missed. Our sincere sympathy to Aunt Joe, Michael, Michelle and family. May the lord be with you all. We will donate to the American Red Cross in his honor. With Love and much sadness. God Bless. Diane and Rusty

  7. Keith Shattuck

    Uncle Michael was an incredible and special person! Our condolences to Aunt Josephine, Michelle and little mike from Lori, Tyler and myself! I will always remember Uncle Michaels kindheartedness and the fun family cookouts we had when I was growing up!

  8. Terry Nardone & Lester Chisholm

    Josephine & Family

    Michael was a wonderful person. Always had that beautiful smile of his no matter what. We have enjoyed having breakfast with him on Sunday morning at your house., Lucy’s & Mary’s. We have many cherished wonderful happy memories. We will always remember our times at Indian Head Resort. He will always be in our memories. We love you. Terry Nardone & Les Chisholm

  9. Charles Russell

    I am so sorry for your lost. I remember when I would come to visit & you people couldn’t do enough for me. You & you’re family was there for me through my tuff time last year. Now he’s in a better place looking down on his family & wishing them nothing but the best.

  10. Maryann Dolan

    Dear Mike and Family,

    We were sad to learn of your dad’s recent passing. While we never met him, he sounded like a wonderful person who accomplished so much in his life. The obituary was such a nice tribute to him. We will keep all of you in our thoughts and prayers at this difficult time.

    Sincerely,
    Maryann and Jack Dolan

  11. Jess and Greg O’Neil

    Uncle Michael was a wonderful man who spent his life serving others. An inspiration to us all! Hugs to the family.

  12. Michael, our deepest condolences on your loss. You and your family are in our prayers.
    David and Denise Ruiz

  13. Susan Pedersen

    Michelle, I am so very sorry for your loss, my thoughts and prayers will be with you and your family…❤️❤️

  14. lynda peitzsch

    Michael and family, Our sympathies on the loss of your father. He was a kind and friendly man whenever we met. Lynda & Bill Peitzsch and family

  15. To Mike’s family,
    I worked with Mike at Rivier. He was a very warm and generous colleague and we were lucky to work with him.
    My sympathy to each of you for the loss.
    Ann Ackerman

  16. I am so sorry for the loss of your dear husband Mike! My thoughts and prayers are with and your family at this difficult time! 🙏💜🙏

  17. Phillip Niles

    Michael, or as I referred to him, “Professor Tramonte”, was my professor of abnormal psychology while I attended Middlesex Community College.

    During the first class of the semester, I recall feeling intimidated due to the lengthy syllabus, however, that feeling faded quickly as I quickly discovered that he was approachable, and wanted nothing more than for his students to succeed. He always walked into class with a warm smile that made me feel he genuinely cared for me as a person. Furthermore, he was willing to lend a keen ear with any questions or concerns that I might have regarding psychology, as well as my personal life. Even though he held the title of Dr., not once did he make me feel like I was less intelligent than him. He always wanted to hear my thoughts and ideas on whatever the topic of the day may be, even if I thought they might be off base. He made me feel as if I was important.

    My condolences during this difficult time.

  18. Shannon Gately-Sevier

    Mike
    I am very sorry for your loss. My deepest sympathy to you and your family.

  19. Josephine,
    Our heartfelt sympathy to you and the family for your loss.

    Russell and Maritza Bond

  20. Lorraine Butler

    I don’t know you I’m so sorry to hear about your husband passing he is now resting in peace may god be with you and your family you are all in my prays Always remember the good times you had with him

  21. Andrea Lavache

    We are so sorry for your loss. I have wonderful memories of Uncle Michael. I know he is resting in peace.
    Andrea and Dan Lavache

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