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
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.