In his 101 years of life Larry Palumbo saw much of what we only know as history but also lived long enough to see the many changes and challenges we face as a nation even most recently with the pandemic.
And while much changed in Larry's world he always remained mindful of his humble beginnings and was most content at his home and proud of his Worcester roots. He died on Thursday, May 20, 2021 just seventeen days shy of celebrating another milestone birthday of 102.
Lawrence R. Palumbo was born in Worcester on June 7, 1919 a son of the late Italian immigrants Vincenzo and Guistina (Sette) Palumbo. A graduate of Commerce High School he then honorably served in the United States Army during World War II. He saw twenty-two months of front-line action in both the North African and Italian Theaters.
He married Mary Victoria Scarafoni in Our Lady of Mount Carmel – St. Ann Church on June 6, 1948. Mary died on December 5, 2014.
Larry worked over 30 years as quality control inspector for Wright Line Co. in Worcester before retiring.
A member of both Saint Charles Borromeo and Our Lady of the Angels Parishes he was also a longtime member of the Knights of Columbus, Alhambra Council. He enjoyed dancing, working around his yard and tending to projects at the house.
In addition to his wife Mary, he is predeceased by their daughter, Marilyn T. Pelletier and siblings, Joseph V. Palumbo (late Rose), Margaret Arena (late Alfred), Frank V. Palumbo, Peter Palumbo (late Rita), Grace Frisari (late Nicholas), Theresa Pepi (late Eugene) and Rita DiTerlizzi (late George).
He leaves his son, Vincent J. Palumbo (Kathleen) of Worcester; his grandchildren, Elizabeth Russell (Matthew), Nicholas Palumbo (Marisa), Ann Marie Pelletier and Jennifer Correia (Daniel); his son-in-law, Paul Pelletier; four great-grandchildren; many nieces & nephews.
A private funeral Mass will be held in Our Lady of the Angels Church, Worcester. Burial with military honors will follow in Saint John's Cemetery. There are no calling hours.
Memorials in his name may be made to Our Lady of the Angels Parish, 1122 Main Street, Worcester, MA 01603.
Arrangements by James & John Heald.