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Veterans Advocate Albee Palmieri Dead at 64

Albert "Albee" Palmieri, a Vietnam Veteran and Fair Lawn American Legion Commander, died Tuesday.

Albert "Albee" Palmieri, a 35-year Fair Lawn resident and the borough's American Legion Commander, died Tuesday at age 64.

A community volunteer and tireless veterans advocate who served in Vietnam, Palmieri was a member of Catholic War Veterans Post 1076 of Fair Lawn, the Disabled American Veterans and a supporter of the Adopt a US Soldier organization, according to his obituary on NorthJersey.com.

He visited wounded warriors at the former Walter Reed Army Medical Center in Washington, D.C., cooked meals for seniors at the American Legion hall in town and visited the New Jersey Veterans Home on a regular basis, Mayor John Cosgrove said.

Palmieri was also a steadfast supporter of the Adopt-A-Soldier Platoon, and served as co-chef for multiple Adopt-a-Soldier dinners. He and his wife, Grace, were honored for their community service at the most recent Adopt-a-Soldier Platoon Dinner Dance fundraiser and council declared Jan. 12 "Albee and Grace Palmieri Day" in the borough.

In addition to his involvement with veterans issues, Palmieri also served on the Fair Lawn Planning Board from 2003 to 2009, and more recently, on the Bergen County Flood Advisory Committee. 

According to his NorthJersey.com obituary, Palmieri worked for 33 years as a data manager with AT&T before retiring in 2002. He subsequently worked as a copy operator for the Fair Lawn School District, Board of Education president Michael Rosenberg said.

"Anyone that knows Fair Lawn probably ran into Albee Palmieri," Rosenberg said at Thursday's board meeting. "He was the American Legion in town. I mean, when you go to the American Legion, he's always there...It's a sad day for Fair Lawn."

Palmieri is survived by his wife, their three children and two grandchildren, his mother and his three siblings.

The Palmieri family will receive relatives and friends Friday at Vander Plaat-Caggiano Funeral Home from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. and 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. 

A funeral mass is scheduled for Saturday at 10:30 a.m. at St. Anne Church, where he was a parishioner. Burial will follow at George Washington Memorial Park in Paramus.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the American Legion Scholarship Fund or Adopt a US Soldier organization.

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Christina Palmieri March 22, 2013 at 10:55 AM
We are so sad and our family will forever miss your smiling face and tireless efforts for veterans. Your 2 grandsons will keep your memory alive. Thank you for being you. Love you always, Christina xo
Jack O'Neil March 22, 2013 at 02:06 PM
Albee was a veteran's veteran. He was a true leader and motivator and will be sorely missed.
John Cosgrove March 22, 2013 at 02:47 PM
Allbee served his Country and his Town to the best of his ability. He was a true patriot who worried more about others than himself. He will be sorely missed in Fair Lawn and I will always remember him for his kindness and friendship! Please keep Grace and the family in your thoughts and prayers as our Community says goodbye to one of our favoriite sons.
Michael Rosenberg March 22, 2013 at 03:59 PM
You summed it up great Mayor Cosgrove. Fair Lawn definitely lost a hero.
Scott Wolven March 22, 2013 at 04:46 PM
Albee was family friend, my former baseball coach and a great American, my prayers to the family for their loss. The world lost a wonderful person this week.
Joia Adami-Gilmartin March 22, 2013 at 05:21 PM
I had the privilege of knowing Albee since we were children in 7th grade. Then , he was a giggling youngster that we all called"little Albee". As we got older, with many life changes, he went to Vietnam, and returned a Big man, he grew much bigger in his stature and his heart and his life, and these past few years all of us, from the CPHS 66 Reunion , would chuckle when we talked with or spoke of," Little Albee". The group , known as the Commits, would meet on Fridays evenings, at the Fairlawn Legion and plan our 45th Cliffside Park High School reunion,(later going to the Sports bar in town, where he knew everyone!) which was an enourmous success and of course, Albee was a major member throughout. We had these recent few good years with him and he will be sorely missed. He was one of us, our brother, our friend, our backbone. Thank you all for sharing him with us ! Bless you on your road to far, far away Little Big Man ! We, the Commits, will miss you! Love and Peace, Joia
Al Lewis March 22, 2013 at 05:36 PM
I was very proud to have gone to high school with Albee and also call him a friend. We ran into each other many years after graduation bowling in the same league. I think the best way to characterize him was that he was a "GOOD GUY" in every sense. I will miss him. God bless you and R.I.P. my friend.
Dave Wolven March 22, 2013 at 06:16 PM
Mr. Palmieri was not only a great American but an exceptional human being. I grew up with his kids and will always remember him as a kind and caring person who went above and beyond for everybody. Thank you Mr. Palmieri for not only having an impact on my life but for many others as well. You will be missed. To Mrs. Palmieri, Marc, Krista and Jodi Ann, I am so sorry for you loss.
Chuck maranzano March 23, 2013 at 03:00 AM
Albee my friend you are so dear to all of us who knew you. Words cannot express the sadness...you will be missed. I am grateful for our time together recently and cherish the memories of high school at CPHS. God bless your family and may God be at your side now and forever. Chuck Maranzano'66
Alan K March 23, 2013 at 12:44 PM
Albee brought me into the American Legion. He was a good friend and a staunch advocate for all Veterans, most especially Vietnam Vets. He cooked for us at two pasta dinners for Adopt-a-Soldier Platoon and went with us to Walter Reed to visit the Wounded Heroes. He was my friend and there is a void now in my heart and every time I go to the Post! By the way, the obit had it wrong - he didn't love Adopt a US Soldier - he loved working with us at Adopt-a-Soldier Platoon, a Fair-Lawn-based national charity!
Wayne Robbins March 23, 2013 at 09:45 PM
I really knew Albee thru his many friends - all reflecting on what a beautiful person he was - and all I need to do is reflect on what Albee said at the Adopt-A-Soldier Platoon dinner about all the Vietnam vets - " Welcome Home " - you almost cried, and yes, everyone is right - Albee was a beautiful person. My thoughts, prays, love, and peace, to his family - so sorry for your loss.

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