Mr. Anthony J. Palazzo, age 73, of Bristol, RI, died on Monday December 10, 2018 after a brief illness. His two daughters, sister and grandson were with him when he passed.
He was the husband of Elizabeth Freethy, father of Gina and Kristen Palazzo and father-in-law of Michael Kotarba and Michael Berkowitz, grandfather of Oliver Berkowitz, brother of Richard and Steven Palazzo, and Roberta (Palazzo) Travis. Anthony was born in Providence, RI, son of the late Nicola Palazzo and Louise (Recchia) Palazzo. He graduated from Pilgrim High School in Warwick, RI in 1963 and then attended Bryant College before entering the Air Force in 1964.
In the Air Force, Sergeant Palazzo was an air traffic controller and served in Vietnam in 1967-1968. While in Vietnam he received a certificate of exemplary service for rescuing an aircraft in distress at Pleiku AB. He was responsible for saving the lives of seven men. He was awarded the AFCS “Save Certificate” after the board members determined that without his action, the aircraft and men on board would not have survived.
Tony will be remembered as the first girls basketball coach at St. Peters in Warwick, RI (when all the 6th grade girls decided they didn’t want to be cheerleaders and would rather play basketball), a model airplane builder and flyer, photographer, garden designer (and re-designer), painter, builder, sailor, motorcyclist, reverse die-cast mold-maker, spoon player, and chef. He loved history, politics and New England sports and always said he could do anything if he learned how (even paint like Van Gogh). He was an obsessive researcher and an expert in anything he could possibly learn about. He could always find the humor in any situation and laughed easily, often at himself. He will be missed.
A Funeral Service will take place at 11am on
Dec. 14, 2018 from the Olson & Parent Funeral Home, 417 Plainfield St. Providence, RI 02909. Burial to follow at 2pm in the RI Veterans Memorial Cemetery.