Father Palermo, former principal of Bishop Eustace, dies

Pallottine Father Angelo Vincent Palermo, 75, former principal of Bishop Eustace Preparatory School in Pennsauken, died Nov. 10 in Bronx, N.Y.

He was a parochial vicar of St. Benedict Roman Catholic Church in the Bronx for two years, and was previously assigned to St. Margaret’s Church in Pearl River, N.Y. for five years.

Father Palermo just celebrated his 49th Jubilee as a Pallottine priest. After ordination in 1960, he started his ministry at Bishop Eustace Preparatory School, teaching Latin and theology and working as prefect of discipline, during the next nine years. In 1969, he became principal of the school; his tenure saw the school transform from an all-boys to a co-ed school (1972), and, in 1982, his final year as principal, the opening of a three-story library.

“He was larger than life, very enthusiastic about the school,” remembered Pallottine Father Robert Nolan, current chaplain of Bishop Eustace, who has known Father Palermo for the past 48 years.

“His greatest virtue was his unending loyalty to his friends. If you needed help, he was there, no matter what.”

Father Palermo was son to the late Desiderio and Mary (nee Giardina) Palermo; brother to Mary Franco and husband Carmine; uncle to Albert Franco and wife Lori, and their children Carli and Melanie, Lucille Conzo and husband Michael and children Steven, Gabrielle and Kristina, Angelo Franco and children Samanthan and Reed, and Joseph Franco and wife Angela and the children Deanna, Alexa, and J.T.; cousin to Mary Barra and her husband Lawrence and Carmella Berardi.

A funeral Mass was celebrated Friday, Nov. 13, at Our Lady of Grace Roman Catholic Church, Fairview, N.J.

In lieu of flowers, the family would appreciate donations to be made to St. Jude’s Shrine, 308 N. Paca St., Baltimore, MD 21201-1879.

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