Father Anthony Palmese
Ocala - Father Anthony Palmese died on February 2, 2012. He was born on June 19, 1940 in Montclair, NJ, the son of Anthony and Maryann. He was a police officer with the City of Montclair, NJ for seven years before responding to the call to priesthood. He studied at Immaculate Conception Seminary in Darlington, NJ. Bishop John Dougherty ordained him priest at Our Lady of Mount Carmel on May 22, 1976 for the Order of Augustinian Recollects. His first assignment after ordination was as parochial vicar and eventually pastor of Most Holy Crucifix in New York. He moved to Topeka, Kansas, where he served as pastor of Our Lady of Guadalupe. In 1985, he came to the Diocese of Orlando. He was incardinated in the Orlando Diocese in 1989 and served at Our Lady of Lourdes in Melbourne and St. Paul in Leesburg. While he served at Our Lady of Lourdes in Melbourne, he founded the parish Hispanic Ministry. In 1993, he was appointed pastor of St. Jude Catholic Community in Ocala (Marion Oaks), FL. He also served as Spiritual Director for the Cursillo Movement and as Northern Deanery Spiritual Director for the Orlando Council of Catholic Women. During his active priesthood, Father Palmese served as a law enforcement chaplain and offered his talents to assist others in the creation of law enforcement chaplaincy programs through his lectures and writings on the subject. He designed a number of courses to assist law enforcement in critical incident response, crisis response, substance abuse and incident stress. He served as a member of the crisis intervention team for the County of Marion and the City of Ocala. He retired from the priesthood in 2009 and served as pastor-emeritus of St. Jude Catholic Community until his death. During his retirement, he ministered as a chaplain aboard cruise ships with the Apostleship of the Sea. He is survived by his sister, Mary Ann, sister-in-law, Carol, nieces Cheryl and Jessica; and nephews Thomas, Kevin and Brian. A wake service will be held at St. Jude Catholic Community, 443 Marion Oaks Dr., Ocala (Marion Oaks), FL on Sunday, February 5, 2012 from 4-8 p.m. A funeral mass will also be celebrated at the church on Monday, February 6, 2012 at 10 a.m. Interment will take place at San Pedro Spirituality Center Priests Cemetery, 2400 Dike Road, Winter Park, Florida on Monday, February 6, 2012 at 3 p.m. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to St. Jude Catholic Community, 443 Marion Oaks Dr., Ocala, FL 34473 or St. Jude Children's Research Hospital, 262 Danny Thomas Place, Memphis, TN 38105 or the American Heart Association, 303 S.E. 17th Street, #309-167, Ocala, FL 34471. Arrangements are being handled by Hiers-Baxley Funeral Services, Ocala, FL.
Published by Ocala Star-Banner from Feb. 4 to Feb. 5, 2012.
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Father Anthony was a priest who I remember with fond memories from Our Lady of Guadalupe in Topeka, Kansas. As my family learned of his death we fondly shared our memories of him while he was here. He was a good priest and our sympathies to his family and to all with whom he has touched in his life.

Guadalupe & Irene Flores & family
Catalina Flores
February 21, 2012
Fr. Anthony was a delight to work with at Our Lady of Guadalupe (Topeka KS. Even though his time at our parish was short he left a great impression on all especially his singing and inspirational messages every Sunday. I will keep your family and Fr. Anthony in my prayers.
Celia Vega-Our Lady of Guadalupe Topeka KS
Celia Vega
February 21, 2012
February 19, 2012
Sharon Sobers
February 18, 2012

February 18, 2012
My heart is sadden at the loss of a dear family friend. I will always remember the story you told at my father's funeral about how he carried you up those stairs because of your health issues back in Montclair...you my dear friend carried all of us in time of need. We were so grateful to have had you in our lives. I am so sorry I found out of your death just today...I would have held your hand as you held mine many times. We all were truly blessed with Tony being a part of our lives. Much love to all his family.
Cindy Haas Hickey
February 18, 2012
When I first started Law Enforcement many years ago Father Palmese road with me ALOT. He was there for me many times in my car smoking a cigar and also in the middle of a good fight at "Simmons Plaza". He will be missed by all and always remembered by my family and me. I was blessed to have him in my life. T. P.
Tim Plymale
February 15, 2012
Unit 6 - George90, Signal 40 - Code 3 - Officer needs assistance...This is the language that Fr. Anthony understood. He was a true blessing to the men and women in uniform. God's warrior, caring for those in need. Our friendship and his assistance spanded over 21 years. He was always there to listen. He would always ask about your family by name. "Concern with Compassion" for those he served. I will miss you my friend. For now, I will be Code 7...."Out of the car to eat!"
Thomas Gillan
February 7, 2012
I have know Father Anthony for many years, I helped him years ago with the Commuity Thanksgivings and I took it over for him. He was a wonderfull man and he loved the Lord and was loved by many
Pastor Darlene Anderson
Anderson Ministries of Marion Oaks
Pastor Darlene Anderson
February 6, 2012
You were a true blessing of humor, comfort, teachings and love for our family. Thank you. (I have no doubt you our resting in peace.)
Amparo Perales
February 6, 2012
It was a pleasure to know Father Anthony. His kindness and thoughtfulness were a blessing to me.
Lisa Ortiz
February 6, 2012
Although we only had the chance to see Father Palmese a few times, we most recently spent three wonderful nights learning about the importance of Mary through his research...it was a beautiful time and brought us closer to God...thank you, Father, for your message, and your dedication to helping others learn more about our faith.
Michelle and Craig Mitchell
February 6, 2012
May your memories of the wonderful times you shared with your loved one comfort you and your family, today and always.
American Heart Association
February 6, 2012
You were always there when we needed you. You will always be in our hearts. Deuteronomy 23 old friend.
Doug and Brenda Stitt
February 5, 2012
I met Father Palmese during events where he served as chaplain and I with the Ocala Fire Rescue Honor Guard. He immediately made you feel at peace around him, I enjoyed immensely my visits with him and will miss him very much. We need people like Father Anthony Palmese so much right now and I feel greatly blessed that I had a chance to know him. Father Anthony, thank you for the time you graciously shared your faith with me! I will never forget you. My condolences to the family, please know that he was well respected and loved by many and I am truly sorry for your ( and our) loss,

Ana Schulz - Ocala, FL
February 5, 2012
Our whole family will miss this wonderful man. We have known him from the first day he came to St. Judes Parish, my dearly departed father and step mother (Fred & Lorraine Viola) were the first couple Fr. Anthony married after being asigned To St. Jude's. He always had a big smile and a kind and loving word to everyone he came in contact with. Our prayers are with his family. God Bless.
Donna & Jim Rafferty
February 5, 2012
"Father Palmese was an inspiration and a great story teller.
I always enjoyed his Homilies when he said Mass at St. Theresa's in Belleview . He will be missed." Mary Callahan, Ocala, FL.
February 4, 2012
Fr. Palmese was a force larger than life. His intensity, conviction and devotion to his faith while somewhat frightening to me, was also a comfort and nurturing to my own faith which is stronger because of him. I will miss his beautiful masses which always gave me a chill not unlike the most beautiful music and art.
paula c
February 4, 2012
Fr. Anthony was a true friend to us and we are sad to hear of his death. He was most giving and always willing to share. We shared many great times (and meals) together. We will truly miss him but know we will be reunited one day...and there will be many stories to tell!
Claire & Raoul Souliere
February 4, 2012
Mary, Gary and I were so sad to hear about Father Anthony's death. We enjoyed the concert at St. Jude with Rabbi Berman and Father Anthony and the dinners that we shared with you and Father Anthony and the Bermans. Our prayers go out to you and your family. Father Anthony will be thought of and loved in Pennsylvania.
Gary and Renee Handwerk
February 4, 2012
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