Palumbo, Joseph - The Daily Progress: Obituaries

Monday, April 27, 2015

Palumbo, Joseph

Font Size:
Default font size
Larger font size
  • Joseph Palumbo

Joseph "Joe" Charles Palumbo Joseph "Joe" Charles Palumbo, 84, of Charlottesville, passed away Thursday, December 5, 2013, surrounded by his family at the Hospice House on Park Street. Born August 1, 1929, in Beaver, Pennsylvania, he was the son of the late John Palumbo and Lily Camarata Palumbo and was raised by Frank Palumbo. He is survived by his wife, Sandra Palumbo; two daughters, Page Palumbo married to James Hall of Manteo, North Carolina, and Penny Mahone married to Philip Mahone; his six grandchildren, Dr. Joseph Amory and partner, Chris Curatolo of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, Jayme Owen married to Adam Owen of Raleigh, North Carolina, Cory Amory, Alex Mahone, Drew Mahone, and Emma Mahone; great-grand son, Brody Owen; two sisters, Terri Regan, and Mary Elaine Bickers married to Duane Bickers; dog, Georgio; as well as his beloved nephews and nieces. The family would like to give a special thanks to Peggy Dame, Dr. Michael Salerno and Dr. Dan Becker as well as all of the wonderful people at the Hospice House for their loving, compassionate care. Joe was a graduate of Greenbrier Military Academy in 1947. He then went on to attend the University of Virginia where he played three varsity seasons (1949-51) in which Virginia posted a 23-5 mark and recorded seven shutouts. He was a first-team All-America selection that season. He was a three-time All-State selection. In 1951, Joe received the Outstanding Defensive Lineman Award from the Touchdown Club of Washington, D.C., was named the state of Virginia's Athlete of the Year, and participated in the Blue-Gray All-Star Game. He jokingly prided himself on getting thrown out of more football games than any other player in UVa history. In addition, he served in the United States Army where he was All Army and All Service. He was then honorably discharged. Following his successful football career at UVa he was drafted by the San Francisco 49ers. After stints on the UVa football coaching staff, he then went on to establish a successful insurance agency based in Charlottesville. He married Sandra, the love of his life, in 1959. He was inducted into the Virginia Sports Hall of Fame, the National Football Foundation and College Football Hall of Fame as well as Greenbrier Military Academy's Hall of Fame. Joe also received the Paul Harris Fellow recognition from the Rotary Club of Charlottesville and received the National Multiple Sclerosis Society's Silver Hope Award from the MS Society's Blue Ridge Chapter, as well as numerous other awards. Joe is also one of only six football players at UVa to have his number retired. With his strong stature and never-ending love, he was better known as "Big" Joe by his family. He was a charismatic, personable, loyal, driven family man. Of all of his achievements, Big Joe was most proud of his daughters, all of his grandchildren, and great-grand son. He loved watching them grow up and each one carries a special piece of him in them. He was loved by many and will be greatly missed by all. Following a private graveside service, the memorial mass will be held 3 p.m. Tuesday, December 10, 2013, at Saint Thomas Aquinas Catholic Church with Fr. Stephen Alcott, O.P., delivering the eulogy. In lieu of flowers, the family has requested donations be made to the Joseph C. Palumbo Endowed Football Scholarship or the Hospice House on Park Street. Endowed Football Scholarship donations can be sent to the Virginia Athletics Foundation or contact Barry Parkhill at 434-243-3554. Friends may send condolences to the family at Hill and Wood Funeral Home,

Sign the Guestbook

2 entries:

  • CorinneMazzoccoDoehre posted at 9:10 am on Mon, Dec 9, 2013.

    CorinneMazzoccoDoehre Posts: 1

    Our thoughts and prayers are with the Palumbo family during this difficult time. I will treasure the many summer vacations we were able to share with Big Joe and Sandy. The world has lost an incredible man who touched the hearts of everyone he met. May you find peace knowing heaven now has an amazing angel looking over us.

    With our deepest sympathy,
    The Mazzocco-Doehre Family

  • brittneymazzocco posted at 12:58 pm on Sun, Dec 8, 2013.

    brittneymazzocco Posts: 1

    My thoughts and prayers are with the Palumbo family in this sad time. Big Joe was an amazing man and I'm glad that I had the opportunity to spend my childhood summers staying down at his home in NC. He always called me his little hat girl and bought me a beautiful hat that I still have to this day. It saddens me that we were not able to say our goodbyes but I know he is in a better place now. He was truly an amazing man.

    Thoughts and prays.


    The Mazzocco Family


Obituary Search Tips

  • Enter a full name, a last name (confirm the spelling) and/or keywords in the search box.

    If your search is unsuccessful, try removing the first name. The person's known name may not be the name on record.

    Try adding quotation marks to a keyword phrase for an exact match, or simply search by date or date-range for broader results.

Sign a Guestbook

Offer a personal message of sympathy...
  • Offer a personal message of sympathy...
  • You'll find individual Guest Books on the page with each obituary notice. By sharing a fond memory or writing a kind tribute, you will be providing a comforting keepsake to those in mourning. .

    From a Guest Book, you may log in with your Google, Facebook, Yahoo or AOL account to leave a message. If you have an existing Daily Progress account, you may log in with that. Otherwise, it's simple to create a new one by clicking on the Create New Account button and following the simple steps on the Sign Up page.

  • THANK YOU for helping us ensure that all guest book entries are positive and considerate. If you see a negative or inappropriate comment, please click on the link in the comment to report it, and a Daily Progress staff member will follow up immediately.

Remembering loved ones

How to Submit an Obituary or In Memoriam
  • How to Submit an Obituary or In Memoriam
  • Funeral homes often submit obituaries as a service to the families they are assisting. However, we will be happy to accept obituaries from family members pending proper verification of the death. If you wish to submit an obituary or in memoriam notice, please contact us at 434-978-7294 or email us.
  • E-mail:
Kitchen Aid Culinary Ambition - get up to a $1500 Prepaid Card with the Purchase of Select Kitchen Aid Appliances!
Call us at 434-286-2692, visit us online at  or stop by today for more information!
Got Messy Pets?
Got Messy Pets? Problem Solved! AirX66 removes stubborn pet orders, removed organic stains from carpets, leaves behind no trace of order and is environmentally safe! Stop in today!
McLean Faulconer Inc.
For all of our current listings and open houses, visit our website or give us a call at 434-295-1131!
Come see us!
Interested in learning more about our school? Give us a call at 540.825.9017 or visit our website today!
Wrightway Hyundai
Visit us in store on Lee Jackson Highway in Staunton, VA or online at!
Valley Subaru
Visit us in store on Lee Jackson Highway in Staunton, VA or online at !