Neil Palomba, 81, of Holliston, died peacefully at home, Friday, April 13, 2012. He was born in Brooklyn, N.Y., June 20, 1930, son of Rose (Giglio) and Luciano Palomba. He is survived by his wife of 58 years, Dolores (Flynn); children, Nora Palomba Wagman of Maynard, Lois Palomba Robbins of Hopkinton and Alan Palomba and his wife, Ann, of Wylie, Texas; and four grandchildren, Christopher Wagman of Maynard, and Daniel, Caroline, and Alyssa Palomba of Wylie, Texas. In 1973, he moved his family from Brooklyn to Massachusetts, having transferred from Bell Telephone New York to New England Telephone and retired in 1993 from AT&T in Framingham. He was a Fourth Degree Knight with the Framingham Chapter of the Knights of Columbus. Neil had a lifelong passion for baseball and football. He was a devoted Brooklyn Dodgers fan and loved to watch them play at Brooklyns Ebbets Field, before it was torn down. Despite a lifelong physical handicap from polio, he played baseball, as well as coached the Bay Ridge Indians softball team. He was an expert in sports history, winning many trivia contests that eventually led him to be a guest sports commentator on a local Framingham radio station, WKOX. He also loved the New England Patriots, and it was a long summer as he waited for football season to come alive again. Neil enjoyed cars and numerous road trips with his family. He loved his family and was proud of his childrens academic achievements and professional successes. He had a gift of wit and a sense of humor, loved practical jokes, and cherished time he spent with his family. His retirement years were limited by the reoccurrence of polio and his last four months were complicated by cancer. There will be no visitation. A memorial funeral Mass will be celebrated Monday, April 16, at 11 a.m., at St Marys Church of Holliston, Washington Street. Expressions of sympathy in his name may be sent to the Holliston High School Sports Program, Holliston Athletic Boosters Association, 370 Hollis St., Holliston, MA 01746. Arrangements are under the care of the Chesmore Funeral Home (www.ChesmoreFuneralHome.com
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Published by The Ashland Tab from Apr. 15 to Apr. 22, 2012.