To my friends,
I got off the phone with my mother a little while ago, she was quite upset. She informed me that Mr. Albert Palmieri passed earlier this week. Albert or "Albee" as we all called him was a Veteran of the Vietnam War, a family friend and my Little League Coach. He was also the Commander of the American Legion Post 171 which my father and I were members.
I really don't know how to express my feelings for this loss, he was such a good man. His service to this country and to his fellow soldiers didn't end with him coming home from Vietnam, he contributed time, money and effort to numerous causes involving the US Military and our local church growing up (still did at the time of his passing). I have known this man since I was 2 years old and never heard a bad or offensive thing come out of his mouth. He made it his life's work to give to his community and this country even though by the time he was my age, he had given so much as it was. I wish we had a million more like him. His wife retired 2 days prior to his death and he had his 2nd grandchild a week before. The plans they made for their future will never come to fruition.
Please pray for their family and give thanks to a man that even though you don't know him, you would have loved as much as I do. I could cry right now thinking about this but I know he would call me a wimp.
God Bless you always Brave Soldier, My coach and my friend.
Veterans Advocate Albee Palmieri Dead at 64 - Fair Lawn-Saddle Brook, NJ Patch