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Gene Palumbo, age 94, longtime Newbury resident, passed early Thursday morning, May 11, 2017, at Holy Cross Hospital in Ft. Lauderdale, Fla., with his family at his side. He was the beloved husband of 69 years of the late Jean L. (MacBurnie) Palumbo, who preceded him in death on February 20, 2017. They are now blissfully resting in each others arms, never to be parted again.
Born in Waltham, Mass., January 28, 1923, he was the son of Italian immigrants, Domenic and Lucy (Canivino) Palumbo. Gene never had the chance to graduate from high school because he had to help earn money for the family doing whatever odd jobs were available. He was able to save enough to buy a pair of roller skates and became a professional roller skater, only to give it up with the onset of World War II.
Gene enlisted in the United States Army, serving with the 756th Tank Battalion B Company 3rd Armored Division. He was involved with battles in Southern France, Rhineland and Central Europe, Monte Cassino, Italy, Germany and Austria, and having received the Croix de Guerre with Palm, the Distinguished Unit Badge, the European African Middle Eastern Theater Campaign Ribbon with five Service Stars, the Good Conduct Medal and the Bronze Arrowhead. He served valiantly for his country from February 8, 1943, until his honorable discharge on November 3, 1945, with the rank of Tech 5. He saw action for 22 months on the front lines, being blown from his tank at the battle of Monte Cassino. His time in the service caused him great pain emotionally, carrying memories that he could never erase, yet lived the rest of his life with a passion that knew no bounds.
A jack of all trades, he never flinched from any task. He just kept learning and expanding his capabilities, becoming a business owner and running his own metal fabricating business with the competent assistance of his beloved wife, Jean, and his son, Doug. Jean was not only the bookkeeper, but filled in wherever else she was needed.
He was no stranger to hard work and long hours, but it was all worth it because of the love and support of his family. The fruits of his labor allowed Gene and his wife to enjoy many years of wintering in Ft. Lauderdale, Fla., with their children, grandchildren and friends.
Left behind to remember a man with great qualities, who enriched so many lives with his kindness and generosity, are his son, Douglas Palumbo and wife, Diana of Coral Springs, Fla.; his daughter, Anne Webber and husband, Kenneth of Newburyport; his grandson, Daniel Palumbo and wife, Tiffany of Florida; two great-grandsons, Lane Daniel and Bentley Gene Palumbo; along with extended family members and dear friends. He was predeceased by his son, Thomas Gene Palumbo, who died August 18, 2011; as well as his three brothers, Augustine, Archie, Al; and his two sisters, Jill and Mary.
Visiting hours at Elliott, Woodworth & Rogers Family Funeral Home, 35 Green Street, Newburyport, will be Friday, May 19, 2017, from 4 to 8 p.m. Funeral services will be held Saturday, May 20, 2017, at 10:30 a.m. at People’s United Methodist Church, 64 Purchase Street, Newburyport, followed by burial with Military Honors at the Thomas Parker Cemetery in Newbury. In lieu of flowers, donations in Gene's memory may be made to the Angel Gabriel Fund of People's United Methodist Church, 64 Purchase Street, Newburyport, MA 01950.
Published on  May 16, 2017
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