NEW BOSTON – Angelo Palma, 83, of New Boston, died Sunday, January 26, 2014, in the emergency room at Southern Ohio Medical Center. He was born March 18, 1930, in Collelongo Aquila, Italy, to the late Alberto Palma and Anna Marie Cesta Enguaney.
Having always wanting to teach, he entered Aquila Institute in 1946 and received a teaching degree in 1951. In Italy he served as a policeman. He came to America in 1953. He could not speak English, so he began classes in English 101 and self taught himself.
He had to work a number of jobs before finishing his BA in Foreign Language at Youngstown University in 1959. From 1960 to 1963 he taught at New York's Pinebush High School and then spent a year in the Catskills of New York teaching high school.
Next, he met Bishop J. Fulton Sheen (who was his boss) at St. John's Fisher College in Rochester where Angelo taught from 1966 to 1970. He received his Masters of Art from Kent State University in 1970.
In 1971, he moved to Buffalo, New York, and became the director of Bi-lingo City Schools. He also worked on his Ph.D at this time.
In 1972 Angelo moved to Loudonville High School in Ohio and stayed there until 1995. It was here that he met his wife Barbara Phillips, a native of New Boston.
A linguist, he spoke English, Italian, Spanish, French, Latin, Ancient Greek, and many other dialects.
Angelo is included in "Who's Who" after being submitted by a student at Loudonville High School.
He had been nominated to sign the Floodwall, was an honorary member of Russell Williams Post 471 American Legion, and was a member of Latin Honor Society Charter.
Angelo is survived by his wife Barbara Phillips Palma, who herself is a professional singer having performed "The Boyfriend" a famous Broadway musical by Julie Andrews; and she also sang in Italy at various festivals. Barbara also has sung for three governors.
He is also survived by two sons, Angelo Palma and Lionel Palma; two grandchildren, Aleres Palma and Angelo Palma III; one great-grandchild, Rhythm Palma; and two brothers, Frank Palma and Romano Palma.
There will be no service or visitation. At his request, Angelo's body has been cremated. Arrangements are under the direction of F.C. Daehler Mortuary in Portsmouth.