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Quinn-Hopping Funeral Home

145 East Mount Pleasant Ave, Livingston, NJ

OBITUARY

Robert Anthony Palermo

June 13, 1950February 7, 2020
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After bravely battling 42 years of persevering through illness, Robert Anthony Palermo passed into the arms and peace of his Lord on February 7, 2020. Born June 13, 1950, he was the eldest child and only son of Rocco Anthony and Marion Columbia Palermo, who have preceded him in Homecoming. He leaves behind his two sisters, Denise Palermo and Marianne Coyne; his brother-in-law, Bob Bergen; his dear nephew, Robert Benjamin Coyne; a beloved aunt, Gail Michaels; many cousins and friends whom he loved; and his final companion in life and love, Shawn Walsh.

Robert loved music and clung to the memory of it long after deafness overtook him. He was an avid Pipe smoker/collector. His passion for the sport of track and field began in his teens and was evident in his coaching later on in his life. It was a passion that aided him to press forward through every physical drawback. In 1990 he received the Msgr. Thomas Tuohy Award for Coach of the Year at Seton Hall Prep; and in 2010, forged him a place in Seton Hall Prep’s Hall of Fame.

Robert always kept alive his child within when it came to the holidays. He enjoyed decorating and finding and sharing the humor and joy in them.

The memories of the good he has accomplished will live on in the hearts of those who knew and worked with him, and the memories of a loving brother will live on in the hearts of his sisters. Rest now in God’s Peace, Robert – you deserve it.

Services

  • Memorial Visitation Sunday, February 16, 2020

Memories

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John & Hanni Lawler

February 14, 2020

I first met Robert in 1960 when my family moved into the house next door to the Palermo home. I was six years older than Robert, but my four brothers, Gerry (1950), Jeff (1953), Rob (1956), and Dan (1957) and he were always around the house.
I left home in 1962, spent my life in the military, and never again lived in West Orange, but I always heard about him from my family. Robert (as my mother always called him) always impressed me with his courage in the face of adversity. His life wasn’t an easy one, but he left it richer because of his strength of character and many accomplishments.
God bless him and his wonderful sisters. Our prayers will always be with you all.
John and Hanni Lawler

Bob Sacks

February 13, 2020

I knew Bob, initially, from the Pipe hobby. When I was living in New Jersey, we shared many enjoyable evenings amidst swirls of smoke rising from old English tobacco and talking of H. P. Lovecraft. Despite his hearing difficulties, our talks were always easy and entertaining. Bob had character, humor, charm and intelligence and always took youthful pleasure in putting out all his Halloween paraphernalia. I will miss his good spirits and friendship.

Rich Esserman

February 12, 2020

I knew Bob for about 25 years. Bob was a fellow pipesmoker and we enjoyed smoking many a bowl together. Bob was very knowledgeable and he freely shared this knowledge with others. Bob was a kind soul and most of all I simply enjoyed his company. Many friends have reached out to express their sadness. Bob RIP and I hope you are smoking a bowl in that big pipe shop in the sky.

Akin Shoyoye

February 12, 2020

I was a sophomore on the SHP track team and just getting the hang of being a hurdler. Being lost and hard on myself regarding performance, or lack thereof, Coach Bob took the time to be there with me at practice. Just me and him.

He helped me practice my start and improve my reaction time. To this day I remember the method. Most importantly, I remember the the time and him yelling at me when I didn't get it right, haha.

It's seemingly small, but meant the world to that high school kid who needed the help.

He genuinely cared about his athletes and demonstrated it, regardless if he was their designated coach or not.

It's a quality every man should try to have and he showed me that early on.

Thanks, Coach Bob. Rest Easy.

Jim Schaefer

February 10, 2020

I and my wife always enjoyed seeing and talking to Bob at the pipe shows in Newark . His interest in the hobby of pipe collecting was something I liked to hear Bob talk about .We will miss him.
Jim & Terri Schaefer

Marilyn Brannick Franchini

February 10, 2020

Nice picture of Robert. I remember him from all my years being at and around Our Lady of the Valley School and church and knew him as the "big brother" of my classmate. I can still see that smile in my memories. I think of the Palermo family when I visit West Orange and pass by Wheatland Ave. These are the memories and places of my childhood. Rest in peace, Robert.

Jimmy Caprio

February 10, 2020

I have been lucky enough to know Bob since 2011, before I began throwing at the Prep. His dedication and passion for the sport of track and field was readily apparent, and he passed along knowledge that I will never forget.

Above all, Bob was an inspiring person to be around. In all of my years training with him I always left practices feeling a sense of desire and motivation. I credit him with giving me the drive and determination to conquer my weaknesses.

Bob seemed to fight through everything just to make sure he got to practice and coached his athletes. I’ve learned so much under his guidance, and will always remember the wisdom he left me with. He was a once-in-a-generation coach and mentor, and I thank him for teaching me things in and out of the throwing circle.

“These are weapons of war!” - RAP

Vicki Bianchini Cash

February 9, 2020

I'm sorry to hear of Bobby's passing. I remember him as a very nice and kind person. Rest in peace Bobby.

Dorian Scott

February 9, 2020

I met Bob the Spring of my freshman year in 1996 at the Prep, after not making the Basketball team.

Bob put in a lot of time, effort and passion into teaching me the mechanics of the throwing events.

He never stopped being encouraging and positive in my life even long after I left the Prep.

Thank you Lord for people like Bob Palermo, he will forever be missed and loved by me and many other men that he worked with Seton Hall Prep

Dorian Scott

February 9, 2020

I met Bob the Spring of my freshman year in 1996 at the Prep, after not making the Basketball team.

Bob introduced shot put and discus to me and ultimately caused me to fall in love with Track and Field. Bob put in a lot of time, effort and passion into teaching me the mechanics of the throwing events.

He never stopped being encouraging and positive in my life even long after I left the Prep.

Thank you Lord for people like Bob Palermo.

He will forever be missed and loved by me and many other men that he worked with Seton Hall Prep.

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