OBITUARY

Nunzio Anthony Palermo

January 8, 1945October 30, 2020
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Nunzio Anthony Palermo, was born January 8, 1945, in Brooklyn, NY, and was called to heaven on October 30, 2020, in Boca Raton, Florida. Already our world seems so much less complete.

Known to everyone as Tony, he grew up in Brooklyn and moved to Miami, Florida at age 13. Tony attended Miami Senior High School, where he was a member of the gymnastics team and became an accomplished gymnast. He enlisted in the Army after graduating from high school, and became a member of the Elite Paratrooper Division, serving for two years. Shortly after completing his military tenure, Tony met the love of his life, Vee Marotta, in 1965, when he enrolled in hairdressing classes. They were wed soon after, on July 2, 1966, and were married for 54 years. While in New York, they opened their first beauty shop, Hair by Tony, on Madison Avenue and 41 St, in Manhattan. During these years, Tony and Vee decided to start their family and eventually had three very energetic sons, Chris, Scott, and Marc. In 1972, they made the decision to move to Boca Raton, a block from Tony’s sister and brother-in-law, Rosie and Larry, and soon to be born, niece Nikki. Tony worked at Russo’s Beauty Salon on Palmetto Park Road in east Boca Raton for several years, until they set their sights on opening their own beauty shop, Hair Dimensions, in 1975. Once it was opened, Hair Dimensions became a permanent fixture on Federal Highway in Boca Raton, until it’s closing in 2014, 39 years later.

Tony was a very colorful individual, who adored children. He actually attended clown school and became a thoroughly captivating clown, entertaining many groups of young children. In addition, every Christmas, Tony would don an authentic Santa Claus suit and donate his time delighting underprivileged children. He was a yearly regular at St. Joan of Arc’s Breakfast with Santa. Besides his love of children, Tony enjoyed martial arts. He began training in New York, and continued in Boca Raton where he became a first degree black belt in Goju Ryu Karate, studying under Johnny Pachivas. Tony subsequently became a karate instructor from which he derived great fulfillment. Tony was beloved by all who knew him. He had a heart of gold and would do anything for anyone. His clients eventually became his friends. Soon after opening Hair Dimensions, Tony started the tradition of hosting his famous Memorial Day Picnic at Spanish River Park for his clients, friends, and family members. It grew into a huge yearly event to which everyone looked forward.

Tony tried to be present at every one of his three sons’ baseball games, during which time he got to know a number of the Boca High School students, many of whom became his clients. After his grandchildren were born and began pursuing sports, Grandpa was sure to attend their activities. More than anything, Tony loved his family. He was so proud of his three sons, he adored his daughters-in-law, and was over the moon about his grandchildren. They were his whole world.

Tony is survived by his beloved wife, Vee Palermo, his cherished sons, Chris (Yvette) Palermo, Scott (Jennifer who entered heaven 9-9-20) Palermo, and Marc (Temma) Palermo, his treasured grand children, Carlee, Cole, Alexa, Parker, Caterina, Jordan, Mila, and Leo Palermo, his devoted sister Rosie (Larry) Blinchikoff, his dearest niece Nikki (Mario) Gentile and his grand nieces Megan and Molly Gentile, in addition to a myriad of loving cousins, aunts and uncles, friends, and the Marotta family sisters-and-brothers-in-law, and nieces and nephews. Whether known as Tony, Dad, Grandpa, or Uncle “Tone”, he will be greatly missed by all who were blessed to have known him.

In lieu of flowers, the Palermo family requests a donation to Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals, Dance Marathon at UF. By clicking the link below.

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25 November

Mass of the Christian Burial

10:30 am - 11:30 am

St. Joan of Arc Catholic Church

370 SW 3rd St
Boca Raton, FL 33432

25 November

Graveside Service

11:45 am - 12:45 pm

Boca Raton Cemetery

451 SW 4th Street
Boca Raton, FL 33432

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Vincent Dispenza

November 21, 2020

What a beautiful and sincere write up of Uncle Tony's life history, family history, and accomplishments. Although we only saw each other during Florida and Staten Island/ Brooklyn vists, he will forever be missed and in our hearts! He was such a loving uncle and dedicated family man. My uncle was always down to earth and very personable. I'll miss and cherish the family visits we've had throughout our lives.

Gloria DeFeo

November 21, 2020

Dear Dee,

I found out just today your loss of Tony and send my sincere sympathies. I also found out today about Jen. My sincere sympathies to Scott and children.

I don't hear from anyone from GCN and maybe that is best.

I know this is a rough time for you and will treasure the few memories I have.

Gloria DeFeo

Nina Bucchere

November 5, 2020

It is with a heavy heart that I say good bye to my dear cousin Tony. He was the first born cousin in the Palermo-DiBona Clan and he was the first cousin and friend I had as we grew up together in Brooklyn. He lived around the corner from us and we spent days happily playing together, sharing meals and celebrating holidays and birthdays.

As young adults my husband John and I spent many Friday nights together with Tony And Vee as we all began our dating lives. We were in Tony and Vee’s wedding party and as they started their married lives together we witnessed their loving relationship flourish.

As the years passed and we then lived on different coasts, our bond never weakened. We cherished our visits with each other and on one of those visits our sons were so impressed with Tony’s sense of adventure and his love of animals. They had so much fun with Tony’s talking birds and friendly Rottweiler.

Tony lived his life to the fullest with unbounded kindness, love and generosity. His positive attitude was as contagious as his smile. We send our love to Vee, the love of his life, and to the entire family. We know he will be in your hearts, as ours, forever and his memory will always be with us.

Love from Nina and John Bucchere

Dan & Marie Myers

November 2, 2020

What a delightfully wacky young man we met years ago-there was absolutely no one we’d ever met like Tony. He had a heart of gold, would listen intently when you were talking to him and had a contagious laugh and a wonderful twinkle in his eyes when you tickled his funny bone. Vee, along with Tony’s three sons and all of the extended family members are in our thoughts and prayers at this very sad time.

Mike and Lori Breece

November 2, 2020

Mike and I were so lucky to have met Tony when he and Vee moved to Boca Raton in 1972. We so enjoyed being with him at numerous birthdays, weddings and anniversaries, etc. over the many years. When I think of Tony, I think of his smile and, of course, getting his fabulous hair cuts. We always loved hearing the stories about Tony’s clown and Santa days. Tony, you are missed.

Sending all our love to the Palermo’s, Blinchikoff’s and Gentiles. You are in our thoughts and prayers.

Much, much love,

Mike and Lori Breece

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