JOSHUA R. PALLOTTA
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JOSHUA R. PALLOTTA - COLCHESTER - On Sept. 23, 2014, Joshua Rodney Pallotta, 25, of Colchester, succumbed to his ongoing battle with Post Traumatic Stress and Traumatic Brain Injuries sustained while proudly serving his country in Afghanistan. Born April 2, 1989 in Burlington, Josh was the beloved son of Gregory and Valerie Pallotta of Colchester. As a young boy, Josh was an avid hockey player. He enjoyed going to UVM hockey games with his Mime and spending time with his grandparents at their summer cottage on Lake Eden. Josh graduated from Colchester High School in 2007, where he played club lacrosse and Varsity Football. During his senior year at Colchester High School, Josh was selected to play in the North-South High School Football Game. After high school, Josh took courses at the Community College of Vermont and subsequently became an agent working for the Transportation Security Agency (TSA) in Burlington. Josh joined the Vermont Army National Guard as a member of ALPHA Company, 3rd Battalion, 172nd Infantry, 86 IBCT (Mountain) and was deployed to Afghanistan in 2009. His bravery earned him The Army Commendation Medal with "V" Device for his valorous achievement during combat operations fighting against an enemy ambush while in Afghanistan. To live in hearts we leave behind is to never die and, thankfully, our cherished Josh will live in the hearts of his family and friends forever. He is survived by his adoring parents, Gregory and Valerie Pallotta of Colchester; his Mime, Jeannette French of Cambridge; his grandparents, Leonard and Jeanne Pallotta of Underhill; his aunts and uncles, Rod and Penni French, Chris French and Jeffrey Trumbower, David French, and Scott and Wendy (Pallotta) Heald; cousin and special friend, Andy French and his wife, Rebecca; as well as cousins, Jessica and Jaison Longway, and Cameron Heald, and Kelsey Heald. Josh was predeceased by his Pepe, Rodney French; and his special childhood furry companion, Ramsey. He also leaves many close childhood friends and his brothers-in-arms from Alpha Company. He has now joined Southy and D in the eternal game of Knock Out. Visiting hours will be held on Sunday, Sept. 28, 2014, from 4 to 7:00 p.m. at the Ready Funeral & Cremation Service South Chapel, 261 Shelburne Rd., Burlington. A funeral service will be held on Monday, Sept. 29, 2014, at 10 a.m. at Ira Allen Chapel on UVM Campus, Burlington. Interment will follow at 1 p.m. at the Vermont Veteran's Memorial Cemetery in Randolph. To send online condolences to the family, please visit www.readyfuneral.com. In lieu of flowers, contributions in Josh's memory may be made to: The Blue Star Mothers of Vermont, P.O. Box 195, Bakersfield, VT 05441, www.bluestarmothersofvermont.org.


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Published in The Burlington Free Press from Sep. 26 to Sep. 27, 2014.
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October 4, 2014
Valerie and Greg, I was so sorry to hear about Josh. You are in my thoughts and prayers.
Alyce from Colchester Family Practice
October 4, 2014
Jeannette: This is so sad for you and your family. Having dealt with a similar issue with my sister, Linda, I know how much it hurts and affects the entire family and beyond. I thought about us walking to Memorial School all those years ago. Life was so simple then. My sympathies to you, your daughter and extended family. Jackie Herbert Brown
Jackie (Herbert) Brown
October 3, 2014
Dear Valerie, I just learned of the loss of your precious son. My heart breaks for you and your family. I will be forever grateful to Joshua for his service to our country and will keep you all in my thoughts and prayers.
Kathy Johnson
October 1, 2014
Dear Pallotta Family, Chris told me about Josh's passing. I understand the horrible effects of PTSD. I fight the fight as well. Every day. I hope you can find some solace in the fact that Josh is at peace and his personal war is over at last. I send blessings and prayers to you, your family, and all the people who loved Josh.
Leah Rosenthal
October 1, 2014
Dear Pallotta Family, Chris told me of your loss. I'm so sorry that Josh suffered from PTSD, and that his fight had to end in tragedy. I fight his fight as well. Every day. I hope you can find solace in the knowledge that he no longer has to fight, and has found peace. My blessings and prayers go to you and all the people who loved him and are grieved by his loss.
Leah Rosenthal
October 1, 2014
The residents, staff, and board of directors of The Veterans' Place send our most sincere condolences at the loss of your son. May he rest in peace and may you find comfort in your cherished memories of him.
Stephen Weston
October 1, 2014
Valerie, Greg, Jeannette & family - I remember Joshua from our days at UVM, when our lives were all connected. I am so saddened by your loss and think of you every day. May you all find some peace in your special memories of this wonderful young man who touched so many lives. God bless you Joshua for your brave service to our country.
Jo-Anne Gloria
October 1, 2014
I am so sorry to hear of Josh's passing. He was a great guy with a kind fun loving heart. Always enjoyed talking with him when he was around.
Irene Russell
October 1, 2014
My thoughts and prayers are with Val and Greg, their family and friend during this time of sadness and grief. Josh touched the lives of so many people, more than we will ever know. I am so sorry to lose a fellow veteran. He may be gone, but will never be forgotten.
Steve Robertson
September 30, 2014
Val and family-so sorry to hear of your sons passing, remember the good times and lean on friends for comfort.
Patricia Alberts
September 30, 2014
So sorry to hear of Josh's struggle with PTSD. I remember him as an enthusiastic little hockey player many years ago. I wish you the strength as you recover from your loss.
September 30, 2014
Valerie and family - My heart is aching for you. You are in my thoughts and prayers.
Christine Lang (Barcomb)
September 30, 2014
Our deepest sympathy to the Pallota family. May the God of all comfort be with your during this difficult time.
Rhonda W.
September 30, 2014
Val and family, I am so sorry for your loss. Our thoughts and prayers are with you. Thank you Josh for serving our country. Lois and George Findlay
September 29, 2014
I Knew Josh from the TSA at Burlington Airport. I remember him as a lively, fun-loving, always ready with a joke young man. I salute him for his service to his country but greatly mourn his death at far too young an age. My deep condolences and thoughts to his family.
Margery Sholes
September 29, 2014
I'm so very sorry for your loss Valerie, Jeannette, Chris and family. Thank you Josh for your selfless service.
Frances Cannizzaro
September 29, 2014
JOSH THANK YOU FOR YOUR SERVICE.

BLESS ALL OF YOU.
September 29, 2014
May God give you peace that surpasses understanding during this hardest time in your life
Mary Cornell
September 29, 2014
We are truly saddened by your loss. We know to well the effects of PTSD and how very serious it is.
Mike & Mary Cornell
September 29, 2014
My sincerest condolences to Greg and Val during this difficult time. My prayers go out to you both.
Derek Sylvester
September 29, 2014
So sorry for your loss, Gob Bless you and your family
Catherine Lapierre
September 29, 2014
Val and Greg

Our most sincere and heartfelt condolences. Josh was an incredible young man and true patriot. He had that smirk and knowing look that always got through. He will be missed by all. Rest in peace Josh. You will always be remembered dearly.
Thomas and Sherri Leadbeater
September 29, 2014
Val & Greg, my heart aches for you. With love, thoughts and prayers, Steph
Stephanie Stevens
September 29, 2014
My deepest sympathies to you Val and your family. I am so very sorry for your loss. Thank you Josh for serving our country, may you rest in peace dear man. Judy LaCross, Gordy Ritchie - Colchester VT
Judy LaCross
September 29, 2014
Dept. of Vermont Veterans of Foreign Wars
On behalf of the Veterans of Foreign Wars, Godspeed Comrade. Thank you for your service to this wonderful country.
Don Dockter
September 29, 2014
A huge thank you for your sacrifice in serving our country, Rest in Peace!
Kim
September 29, 2014
I didn't know Joshua but I worked with grandma Jean and mom Valerie. My son served in Iraq so this mother's heart is aching for your family. Keeping you in my thoughts and prayers.
Karen Wright
September 29, 2014
Dear Pallotta Family,
I'm sorry to hear of Josh's passing ... my deepest condolences to all of you ... you're in my thoughts and prayers ... may Josh rest in peace.
Diane Lestage
September 29, 2014
Dear Val and Greg, Keeping you always in my thoughts today and in the days to come. My deepest sympathies.
Laura Provost Martin
September 28, 2014
what an amazing turnout and tribute to josh tonight, at Ready FH. very moving. he touched a lot of people....xo chris and jeff
Chris French
September 28, 2014
I did not have the privilege to know josh or his loving family.but my nephew david was one of his best friends! So very sorry for your loss!can't even imagine how you are feeling! Thank you josh for keeping us safe! You are a true hero! Rip josh!
Vicky Blondin
September 28, 2014
Our prayers are with you all.
bowler
September 28, 2014
Val and Greg,
My deepest condolences. Josh, Rest In Peace.
Peter Ladensack
September 28, 2014
Greg and Val, I can not even imagine the pain you are going through, just know that Josh is finally at peace with himself. PTSD is a terrible thing. If there is anything at all that I can do for you please ask.
Bob Wheeler PGR state captain
September 28, 2014
I never met your SON, but I heard so much about him from you. You worked so hard for all Veterans and I want to thank you for all your time you gave to all of us. I know Josh was very proud of you. Robert Brennan Past Commander Post 782 Veterans of Foreign Wars Burlington.
Robert & Susan Brennan
September 28, 2014
Val and Greg,
. I am so sorry for your lose, my condolences in your time of sorrow. May your son and soldier rest with the Lord.
Scott Towsley
September 28, 2014
My condolences for you loss, from a Mom of two soldiers.

Cindy Chaffee
September 28, 2014
Sara Sturgis and the Pallotta family, We are so sorry for your Loss. Josh was a great guy always had that same smile. Was so proud of everything he did. His smile will never be forgotten and to me Josh was the type not to be saddened but to remember all the good times. Sara I send prayers to you at this difficult time in your life and hope god heals you just remember the great times with Josh and keep looking at those beautiful pictures of you two. And to the Pallottas may Josh RIP and always be remembered as that smiling hero he always was. RIP Josh you will be missed by so many but God shall take care of you and comfort your pain . I will pick out the brightest star for you and name it after you my friend.
September 28, 2014
Eternal Rest Joshua
I want to convey my most sincere condolences and thoughts to the Pallotta family and friends, I am deeply saddened for you all and my thoughts are with you. I shall forever regret not having the privilege of knowing Joshua, but having gotten to know his lovely Mother Valerie I can well imagine the wonderful man he must have been.

-Roger Bombardier Jr.
Roger Bombardier Jr.
September 28, 2014
Greg & Val, We can't imagine the pain you're feeling for the loss of your beautiful son Josh. He was a brave and wonderful man. You are in our hearts and prayers. We are very sorry we could not be there. Love you both!
Mark & Nancy Bergeron
September 28, 2014
I am so sorry for your loss Val and Greg -- this is so sad. I will always have fond memories of Josh when he and Josh were buddies at Winchester Place. I hope to see you very soon. HUGS and Kisses!
Martha Racine
September 28, 2014
May you now rest in peace.
SSG Terri and SFC Michael Mumley
September 28, 2014
My thoughts and prayers are with you. To Josh: Rest in peace trooper till we meet at Fiddlers Green
SFC William R.Rock (Retired) Rock
September 28, 2014
To Val and Greg, our thoughts and prayers are with you at this very difficult time. Scott and Laura Reed
September 28, 2014
Our deepest sympathies at the passing of Joshua. May he rest in peace.
Susan & Bill Glinka
September 27, 2014
I am so sorry for your loss Val and Greg. It's frustrating and maddening to deal with PTSD. Your family gave the ultimate sacrifice for our country and it breaks my heart. Be comforted by the hugs and condolences. Remember Josh as that man who could not wait to serve....remember his dedication. He was a brave soldier and I thank you as a family for all the sacrifices you have made . His spirit lives on.He will be remembered.
September 27, 2014
Although I did not know Josh, I do know his dad and grandparents years ago. Our condolences to your family. Josh was a true hero and we thank him and all of our soldiers that give so much for our country. May he rest in peace. So sorry for your loss.
Kathy & Buzz Predom/Ehlers
September 27, 2014
Thank you Josh for your service to this country, may you rest in peace.
Jenn Curschmann
September 27, 2014
To the Pallotta Family,

I had the honor and privilege to work with Josh at the TSA. Words cannot fix the pain and sorrow that your family is going through. Please know I consider Josh a true hero. It is because of him that not only I but the rest of America can live the life's that we do. Josh will truly be missed. RIP my friend. Keep on Jeepin!!!
Eric Carter
September 27, 2014
Josh is in a better place, and Steven DeLuzio will take care of him. He was there that dreadful day when my son was killed, and the weight of the world was on him. That weight is lifted now, and he is with God. He is an American Hero and I will always be indebted to him for his selfless service, and feel a closeness to him and his family since he shared a bind with my son that could never be broken. That bond will continue. God Bless you all. Mark DeLuzio, father of Sgt. Steven DeLuzio.
Mark DeLuzio
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