An Appreciation: David Timperio

 

Coach Timperio and his team - Courtesy image
David Timperio on the sidelines, coaching his team – Image (c) Jocelyn Fay, all rights reserved

Compiled by The Bedford Citizen

David Timperio, a Massachusetts State Trooper with a deep commitment to youth sports in Bedford, passed away suddenly last Thursday.

Jim Eliason, President of the Bedford Football Club, said, “ On behalf of the Bedford Football Club, we are deeply saddened by this news and realize at this time, 100% of the focus needs to be on supporting the Timperio family.”

Adding details of Coach Timperio’s service to youth athletics Eliason continued, ““His reach and impact touched many of Bedford High School’s current varsity football players.  I went through the roster last night and of the 37 current varsity players, Dave has coached 25 of them for at least one season in a particular sport. For several of the players, he has coached them multiple years and in multiple sports.  The list is even greater when you include other Bedford student athletes currently in the high school.”

Click to view additional photographs of Coach Timperio, his teams and his family

“His no-nonsense coaching style, coupled with an attitude that every kid gets a chance and nobody is left behind is something I will always remember from the days I had the opportunity to coach with Dave or watch him coach my son.  As many will attest to, that know Dave well, hard on the outside, but a true softy/good hearted man on the inside.  Would do anything for anyone at a moment’s notice,” Eliason concluded.

Coach Timperio’s commitment to Bedford sports includes service as both president and coach for Lexington/Bedford/Hanscom Pop Warner football, coaching Bedford travel basketball and lacrosse, serving as the current vice-president of the Bedford Football Club and head coach in the John Glenn Middle School (JGMS) football program.

JGMS Principal Kevin Tracey said, “We were shocked and heartbroken to hear the terrible news that David Timperio, Sr., father of Matt (12th grade) and Dave Jr. (11th grade), JGMS football coach, outstanding contributor to our school and the town of Bedford and close friend to many, passed away suddenly on Thursday.  Our entire JGMS school community is keeping his family, his friends and his fellow coaches and players in our thoughts and prayers.” The school held an informal gathering on Friday afternoon for students and families.

Amy Hamilton, Bedford’s Recreation Director, is also a member of the Bedford Football Club. She summed up her feelings by saying, “Dave was one of those people who make the world a better place for kids. When volunteers were needed, it was never a question of would Dave help, it was just a matter of letting him know how he could help.  He would be there.”

Selectman and announcer for Bedford’s varsity football home games Mike Rosenberg noted, “Coach Timperio will always be respected and remembered as a builder of individual athletes into teams with exemplary values and a spirit of community.”

According to New England Cable News, Trooper Timperio was assigned to the Government Center Barracks and was a member of the 75th Recruit Training Troop, which graduated from the State Police Academy in December 2000. During his career, he also served assignments at the Leominster and Boston Barracks, and served more than seven years in the State Police Collision Analysis and Reconstruction Unit.

Coach Timperio leaves his wife Libby, sons Matthew and David, and a community of Bedford athletes, neighbors and friends.

Calling hours for friends and family will take place from 4 to 8 pm on Tuesday, September 1, at St. Patrick’s Church, 212 Main Street, Watertown, where a funeral mass will be celebrated at 11 am on Wednesday morning, September 2. Burial will be private.

In lieu of flowers, please make donations to the Timperio Boys Fund, c/o Watertown Savings Bank, 60 Main St, Watertown, MA 02472.


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Robert Marshall
Robert Marshall
6 years ago

Thank you for your service to the Commonwealth and dedication to the youths in Bedford and the LBH teams. God bless you and your family. Until we meet again my friend.

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