John E. Palumbo
1938 - 2020
Cromwell Funeral Home
506 Main St
Cromwell, CT
John Edward Palumbo, 81, devoted and loving husband of Marcella (Petisce) Palumbo, passed away on November 26, 2020. He was born December 20, 1938 in Providence, RI to John and Edith (Mancini) Palumbo. After graduating from North Providence High School he earned a BS from the University of Rhode Island and a MALS from Wesleyan University. His long career teaching mathematics began at Middletown High School and continued at Middlesex Community College. After retirement, he taught as adjunct faculty at various colleges and universities in Connecticut. He lived most of his life in Middletown, CT, moving to Covenant Living of Cromwell in 2015. John's family was his love and his life. He also enjoyed gardening, spending winters in Venice, FL, travel, books and cooking. John leaves his wife of 59 years and five daughters, Miriam Palumbo and partner Marvin of Middletown, CT, Marlene Tzickas of Rocky Hill, CT, Elyse and husband John Christopherson, of Windsor, CT, Eleanor and husband Iain Breslin of Katy, TX and Naomi and husband Chris Richards of Parker, CO. Surviving also are 11 grandchildren, Angela, Rachel, Gina, Mackenzie, Annika, Thaia, Lydia, Grant, Blair, Jack and Katelyn. A graveside service will be held on Thursday, December 3 at 2:00 pm in Cromwell Hillside Cemetery West, 29 Hillside Avenue, Cromwell. Funeral services will be private but maybe be watched through Cromwell Funeral Home Facebook at 1:00 pm on Thursday. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in John's name to a charity of choice or the Covenant Living Benevolent Care Fund in care of Christine Uriciuoli at 52 Missionary Rd, Cromwell, CT 06416. To share memories or send condolences to the family, please visit
Published by Hartford Courant on Dec. 2, 2020.
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My condolences to the family. John E. Palumbo's parents were neighbors of mine on Adams St., North Prov., RI. When John, Marcella and the children visited them, joy abounded. My prayers and sympathy to all.
January 26, 2021
Marcella and family, My deepest condolences. John was the first of the very nicest five people I have had the pleasure to know. I like the picture of him with the mathematical symbols. It is more than appropriate! It is him. And that smile is the way I will always remember him. He was a Prince!
Frank Hilsdon
December 7, 2020
Many wonderful things being said on the Facebook pages “I grew up in Middletown Ct” and “I went to Middletown High School”.
Eleanor Breslin
December 5, 2020
Words will never be enough, Dad. All these things below; I remember your wonderful personality, hear your laugh and see your wonderful face in my mind’s eye. Now, you are FREE ❤

Strong DAD hands
Big DAD smile
Smiling DAD eyes
Honest DAD laugh
True DAD heart
Sincere DAD concerns
Dependable DAD presence
Infinite DAD love
Forever DAD strength
Soaring DAD wings
Eleanor Breslin
December 3, 2020
I was fortunate to have Mr Pulumbo my freshman year in HS for algebra. He was a wonderful person and an outstanding teacher May he Rest In Peace.
Tom Peterson
December 3, 2020
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