As published by John Milardo in the MMPA newsletter:
Many kind words have been spoken about William J. Pomfret, who passed away at
93 years of age, on July 1, 2010, after a very brief illness. The great thing about
the accolades is; he heard them for many years while he was with us. I believe Mr.
Pomfret was one of Middletown’s most inspirational and motivational persons, in
every aspect of life. He handled life with dignity.
I had the pleasure of being able to work with Bill for the past forty years. Over the
years, we got to know each other not only because of American Legion baseball,
which he loved so much, but on a personal level too. I have the utmost respect and
admiration for Mr. Pomfret. He was the most honorable person I’ve ever met, and
lived life that way. He instilled it in his family, and to everyone he knew.
I’ll leave it to others to tell you of his life’s history. All I know is he loved his
family, God, his Country, and his City. The best way I know how to explain how
he conducted himself throughout life was found in Webster’s Dictionary.
1. Not disposed to cheat or defraud; not deceptive or
2. Worthy of being honored; entitled to honor and respect; “an
honorable man”; “led an honorable life”; “honorable service to his
3. Adhering to ethical and moral principles; “followed the only
honorable course of action”.
4. Deserving of esteem and respect.
5. Showing or characterized by honor and integrity; “an honorable
man”; “led an honorable life”; “honorable service to his
6. Used as a title of respect; “my honorable colleague”; “our worthy
7. Worthy of honor; fit to be esteemed or regarded; estimable;
8. High-minded; actuated by principles of honor, or a scrupulous
regard to probity, rectitude, or reputation.
9. Proceeding from an upright and laudable cause, or directed to a just
and proper end; not base; irreproachable; fair; as, an honorable
10. Conferring honor, or produced by noble deeds.
11. Worthy of respect; regarded with esteem; to be commended;
consistent with honor or rectitude.
12. Performed or accompanied with marks of honor, or with
testimonies of esteem; an honorable burial.
13. Of reputable association or use; respectable.
14. An epithet of respect or distinction; as, the honorable Senate; the
15. Adjective base of the adverb honorably.