John E. "Jack" Palmeri, 74, of West St., died unexpectedly on March 8, 2021.
Jack was born in Arlington, MA on May 19, 1946 the son of Edmund and Frances (Dwyer) Palmeri. He was a graduate of St. Joseph's High School in North Adams and received an associates degree from Greenfield Community College in Criminal Justice.
Jack enlisted in the US Army on February 14, 1966 and was honorably discharged on January 27, 1969. An Expert Sharpshooter, he was a Military Policeman stationed in Berlin, Germany during the Vietnam war. Less than a month after he was discharged, his brother, PFC James E. Palmeri was killed in action on February 26, 1969.
Jack was the office manager for Palmeri Electric, LLC in Shelburne Falls for many years prior to his retirement.
He was a long-time active member and one time Commander of the Shelburne Falls VFW Post 8503. He was proud of his service and volunteered at many events. Jack also belonged to the Polish Club in South Deerfield and supported their events as well.
Jack was a fan of all the Boston sports teams and local high school teams, always glad to catch a game. At one time he belonged to the local softball leagues and played every summer until the leagues dwindled in membership.
He loved his grandchildren and enjoyed watching them play sports or supporting them in whatever activity they were involved in.
Jack is survived by a son; James Palmeri and his wife Anna of Northfield, a daughter; Cari Pazmino and CJ Plesnar of Buckland, a brother; Joseph Palmeri and his wife Deborah of Shelburne, a sister; Judith Richardson and her husband Harlan “Tree”, of Buckland, six grandchildren; Tyler (Rachel) Ward, Cassie and Sadie Kudlay, Dominic and Derik Pazmino, and Sophia Palmeri, a great granddaughter Makenna Ward, and several nieces and nephews.
In addition to his brother James, Jack was predeceased by a daughter Lori Palmeri in 2009.
Calling hours will be held Monday, March 15 from 4 to 6 pm at the Smith-Kelleher Funeral Home, 40 Church St., Shelburne Falls. Social distancing and masks are required.
A graveside service with military honors will take place Tuesday, March 16 at 11:00 am, at the Shawsheen Cemetery in Bedford, MA
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