Former Car Owner Joe Palmieri Passes at 80
Owned the "Vo" Driven By Ron Van Nesse, John Bergenty and Others

Mechanic Don "Whimpy" Kenny, Driver Ron Van Nesse and Car Owner Joe Palmieri
After a Win at Plainville Stadium.

Photo By Phil Hoyt

Joseph A. Palmieri
May 11, 1931 - December 6, 2011

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Joseph A. Palmieri went home to heaven on December 6, 2011. He was the son of the late Joseph and Theresa (Latino) Palmieri. He is survived by his loving wife, Josephine (Majewski) Palmieri of 55 years, his three children, Joseph E. Palmieri, Theresa M. Palmieri, both of Southington, Maria N. Palmieri of Rocky Hill and his two grandchildren, Joseph and Cateri Palmieri. He is also survived by his sister, Rose and husband Toby Soriero, sister in laws, Mary Ann and Mike Lata, Lea Bednarczyk, Helen Maurice, many nieces, nephews and cousins.

Joseph was the last class to graduate from the Old Lewis High School of 1950. Immediately following his graduation, he was drafted during the Korean War as an armored tank technician. Immediatley after he was discharged from the army, he attended multiple Petroleum Schools, including Mobil, Sun Oil and Exxon, owning several stations in New Britain, Newington and Waterbury. His favorite station was West Street Mobil, West Street, Southington.

He volunteered for many charitable events, including the collection of toys and clothing for the needy. Joseph also worked with Southington High School to train youths for this type of industry. He was a member of the Gasoline Retailers Association and the American Legion. His words of expertise: work unlimited hours, be the best you can be and most importantly be an honest person through all of it.

With the service stations, came his own race car; the world of modified racing. He owned the "VO" with the late Donald Kinney (Wimpy) and Ron Vanesse. In later years he began a new driver relationship with John Bergenty of Plainville. Week after week, he maintained in the top 5, winning numerous trophies. His expertise in the service field led him to start a new career in the RV world. He spent many years as Service Manager, Warranty Division for Belle Camperland, Southington and Custom Campers, Plainville, until his history of heart illness led him to retirement.

Joseph loved music and dance, and was musically talented himself. He played the guitar, banjo and piano in his younger years.

He was a faithful parishioner of St. Thomas Church. He had a passion for Red Sox/sports, western films, casinos, boats and the peaceful ocean. He loved to travel to Lake George, New York and looked forward to spending quality time with his family every day. He also had many close friends of Pleasant Street Community that adored him.

The core of his success was his unconditional love. He cherished his wife, children and grandchildren, the center of his universe. He was a humble, private and honorable man of few words, but remarkable.

He is the sunshine when we rise and the moonlight when we sleep, our protector and angel always and forever.

A Funeral Mass will be held on Monday. December 12th at 11:30 a.m. at St. Thomas Church, 99 Bristol St., Southington. Burial with military honors will be at St. Thomas Cemetery. Calling hours will be on Monday morning from 9-11 a.m. at the DellaVecchia Funeral Home, 211 N. Main St. Southington.