The Obit For Red Palumbo

Vincent Palumbo

Published in The Medfield Press from March 31 to April 7, 2012


Vincent A. Red Palumbo, age 93, of Medfield where he was a lifelong resident, died Thursday morning, March 29th, 2012 after a brief illness at the Thomas Upham House.

Born in Medfield, one of 12 children, he was the son of the late Luigi and Antionette (Stella) Palumbo. Mr. Palumbo was educated in the Medfield Schools graduating with the class of 1937, and was inducted into the Medfield Wall of Fame.

For 60 plus years, he was the owner/proprietor of Palumbo Liquors in Medfield and Walpole.

During World War, he served as a Bombardier with the 306th Bomb Group, United States Army Air Corps, and flew 32 combat missions over Germany and German occupied countries. He was awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross.

He had 4 successful professional baseball years, with an 18-8 record, and pitched a no hitter for Salem in the Virginia League in 1939. He also pitched for the Air Corp team out of camp Edwards where he pitched against Ted Williams. Red started the Medfield Little League. He was a proud sponsor of Medfield Youth Sports, was an avid golfer, and enjoyed winters in Sun City, Florida.

Husband of the late Muriel (Boulter) Palumbo, he leaves 3 sons, Russell V. Palumbo of E. Walpole, David J. Palumbo and his wife Mary Val of Hyde Park, VT and Richard V. Palumbo and his wife Wendy of Medfield, 5 grandchildren, 5 grandchildren, Forrest, Kiah, Coretta, Rachael and Vincent Palumbo, and many nieces and nephews.

He was the brother of the late Fred, William, Bruno, and Rebel Palumbo, Bellama Piattoni, Aurora Flaherty, Alvira Plasko, Connie Panaro and Robert Palson.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated Tuesday, April 3, 2012 at 10:00AM at St. Edward the Confessor Church, 133 Spring Street, Medfield. Visiting hours will be Monday from 4:00 to 8:00PM at the Roberts-Mitchell Funeral Home, 15 Miller Street, Medfield.

Burial with Military honors will be at Vine Lake Cemetery. Main Street, Medfield.

If desired, contributions in Reds memory may be made to the Medfield Home Committee, 459 Main Street, Medfield, MA 02052.