August 30, 1933 - February 14, 2019
Waverly, New York
February 14, 2019
August 30, 1933
Wednesday, February 20, 2019 at 11:00 AM at St. James Church, 503 Clark Street, Waverly, NY
Tuesday, February 19, 2019 from 4 to 7 PM at Blauvelt Funeral Home, 625 Broad Street, Waverly, NY
St. James Cemetery, Waverly, New York
Thomas L. Palumbo of Waverly passed away peacefully surrounded by his loving family at home February 14, 2019. He was 85 years old.
He had a lifetime of accolades and accomplishments in selfless service to others. Inspired by the Kennedy Administration he was an educator for the developmentally disabled. He was instrumental in founding Penn-York Opportunities and he also served as Administrator for Mental Health and Mental Retardation for Bradford, Sullivan and Tioga Counties in Pennsylvania. He served as a Village of Waverly Trustee and Deputy Mayor for many years.
Tom was active and a leader in numerous community organizations. He was a founding member of the Valley Chapter of UNICO and remained active until his death. As a member of Rotary he was elected as a National Governor and served for many years. As a member of the Valley Jaycees he was named Junior Chamber International Senator. He served as past president for Sons of Italy. He had been an active member in the Waverly Loyal Order of Moose Club and the Elks Club.
He was a co-organizer and Director for the Valley Soap Box Derby. He was also a coach and Supervisor for Waverly Jr Sr High School Bowling League and lead the effort to establish a Bantam Bowling League for elementary students.
He and Marlene, his wife of 56 years, formed and ran the annual Waverly's Attic for several years. He was active in the foundation and operation of the Greater Valley Chamber of Commerce. His service to the community included being a Volunteer Firefighter. He and three friends established the Trophy Shoppe in Waverly of which he later assumed full ownership.
He was a Veteran of the Korean War, having served honorably in the Air Force. He was a member of the American Legion, Veterans of Foreign Wars and Veterans For Peace.
He was a graduate of Scranton University and did his post graduate studies at Syracuse University.
His many hobbies and interests included golf, fishing, playing cards, wood working, coin collecting and antiquing.
He is the son of the late Louis and Mary Palumbo of Waverly and was predeceased by his wife Marlene (Seeley) in November of 2014.
He is survived by his sisters, Marylou Duffy of Atlanta, Virginia and husband, Andrew Schliecker of Waverly; his sons, Thomas and his partner Ann Williams of Waverly, John and his wife MaryKay of Waverly, Jeff of NYC and Greg and his partner Lorraine Brown of Waverly; nieces and nephew, David Schliecker, Cindy Hamilton, Mary Schliecker-Brigham and Deb Lindner; granddaughter, Danielle Palumbo; grandsons, Kyle, Christopher and Mathew.
Tom was lifelong member of Blessed Trinity Church (St. James) in Waverly. He was well known and respected by many throughout the Valley and beyond and will be sadly missed.
A time of calling will be held on Tuesday, February 19, 2019 from 4 to 7 PM at Blauvelt Funeral Home, 625 Broad Street, Waverly, NY. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Wednesday, February 20, 2019 at 11:00 AM at St. James Church, 503 Clark Street, Waverly, NY with Rev. Mitchell Zygadlo officiating and burial to follow in St. James Cemetery in Waverly, NY.
The family asks that in lieu of flowers a contribution be made in Thomas's name to the Valley Chapter of Unico, c/o Nick Grego, 133 Crane Road, Waverly, NY 14892 or a charity of your choosing. For those wishing to send a message of sympathy to Thomas family may visit our Facebook page or in “Obituaries” at www.blauveltfuneralhome.com
From: Wendy Chapman Keely
So sorry to hear of your great loss.
From: Ron and Janet Keene
Very sorry to hear that Tom has passed. He will be greatly missed all who new and loved him. Thinking of all of you with sincere sympathy.
Ron and Janet Keene
From: VFW Post 1536
Please accept our deepest sympathy.
From: The Lamberti and Shedden families
Just to say we will miss Tom very much....
He was very helpful to me & my family when I first moved up here with my family many years ago...
The Lamberti Family
From: Irene Marsh
My sincere sympathy to Tom's family. It appears he lived a very fulfilled life and I know he will be greatly missed.
(friend of Marylou Duffy)
From: Jan and Connie Solberg
Our hearts are broken upon hearing of Tom's passing on. We loved him as father figure from the time we were accepted into the inner circle of their friends in the 1970's. Our engagement to each other took place in the blue front room of the house on Waverly Street. They were instrumental in welcoming us into their fold of friends and we had a great time together before we moved to Norway in 1977. He visited us in Bergen, Norway in 2016, and we just were so happy that he made it over to us-that it wasn't just talk that he would come "sometime". A nicer man has not walked the earth. He will be sorely missed by us! Peace be with him and his Marlene.
From: Bonnie West
Palumbo Family-What a wonderful human being Mr. Palumbo was his entire life! His love for others made him so outstanding that it inspired others to be better people and kinder to others, myself included! Bonnie West (daughter of Teta West)