David Wildstein is reporting that Ray Lesniak’s first Republican opponent for state senator, Alfred D. Palermo, died on Monday at the age of 90.
Palermo’s death came on Lesniak’s last day in the Senate.
Relatives and friends are invited to attend the visiting hours in the Werson Funeral Home, 635 North Wood Ave. in Linden on Sunday, Jan. 14, from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. A funeral service will be held in The Reformed Church of Linden on Monday at 10 a.m. Interment will be at Rosedale Memorial Park in Linden.
Palermo, a lifelong city resident, graduated from Linden High School in 1944.
He served in the US Navy from 1945-1946 as an Electronic Technician’s Mate Third Class and served in Guam on an LSM. He earned an Associate’s Degree in Engineering from Newark College of Engineering in 1947.
He graduated from Elmhurst College, IL, in 1950, and received his MBA at Rutgers, Newark in 1954. He worked for Esso as a computer programmer, earning an award for a program he designed.
After receiving his MBA, he joined his father and brother in the family insurance and real estate business located on Wood Avenue in Linden. He was president from 1955-2008.
He was an active member of the Linden Rotary Club from 1955-2008, serving as District Governor in 1968.
He bowled for many years on the Rotary team and served on the Rotary Board of Governors. He also served on the Board of Directors for Stonewall Savings/Columbia Bank from 1969-2002, and then continued in emeritus.
He served on the Linden Zoning and Housing boards in the 70’s.
He was a lifelong and active member of the Reformed Church of Linden. He served as an Elder, Deacon, Treasurer and was a member of the Couples’ Club.
He served on the New Brunswick Classis of the Reformed of Church of America and bowled on the church league. He was known for his business acumen, sense of humor and love of family, country and God.
He was an avid boater and world traveler. He was the beloved father of Lauren Palermo, and June Fostik and her husband, Michael, and grandfather of Cassandra and Veronica Fostik.
Alfred was predeceased by his loving wife, Mae Plunkett Palermo, in 2009 and his brother, William G. Palermo, Jr., in 2016.
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