Carmelo J. Palazzo - Spicer-Mullikin Funeral Homes & Crematory

Carmelo J. Palazzo

January 7, 1934 - October 16, 2020

Carmelo J. Palazzo, age 86, of Newark, DE, passed away on Friday, October 16, 2020, in the family home with his extended family.

Born in Sharpsville, PA on January 7, 1934, he was a son of the late Guiseppe Joseph Richard and Marie Caroline (Stella) Palazzo. Carmelo proudly served in the United States Army. He worked as the Supervisor of art, music and library at the Cecil County, MD public schools. Deep in his faith, Carmelo was a member of Holy Family R.C. Church. Active in the Knights of Columbus, he was a member of St. Michael’s Council, and as a Fourth Degree Knight was a faithful scribe with Cardinal Gibbons Assembly.

In addition to his parents. Carmelo was preceded in death by his wife, Joann Louise (Widmer) Palazzo; sisters, Elizabeth George, Virginia Falvo, Rosalie Batanian and Stella Palazzo. He is survived by his children, Michael J. Palazzo, PhD. (Yuko) of Honolulu, HI and Susan E. Palazzo of Newark; siblings, Mary Pontera, Myltreda Jensen and Gloria Cagigas; grandchildren, Stephanie Carr, Sean Donaldson and Chase Johnson; and great grandchildren, Leilani, Nicholas, Olivia and Kohen.

A visitation for family and friends will be held from 9:30 am until 11:30 am on Monday, November 2, 2020, at Spicer-Mullikin Funeral Home, 121 West Park Place, Newark, DE. A Mass of Christian Burial will be offered at 12 noon at Holy Family R.C. Church, 15 Gender Road, Newark, DE. Interment will follow in Delaware Veterans Memorial Cemetery, 2465 Chesapeake City Road, Bear, DE. Face masks will be required for all in attendance.


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27 Condolences for Carmelo J. Palazzo

  • May Carmen rest in blessed repose and rise in glory to sing praise to God with all the heavenly host.

    I remember what a kind and gentle man he was in his capacity as Supervisor of Music for CCPS. He was the role model for many! May light perpetual shine upon him now and forever! ♪♫♪

  • Our dearest and beloved brother, Carmelo, shared his artistic talent through the lens of his camera. Carm’s photos expressed his love of God, Family, Friends, Students and the world from his home flower garden to the many places he traveled.
    Rest In Peace 🙏 ❤️

  • Oh, our dear friend & neighbor, our son Zach’s self-appointed Godfather, it is so hard to say goodbye. We will always love you for your thoughtfulness, your company, your guidance. You were such a blessing & joy in our lives and so well-known at Church. It was hard to give you up when we moved from Newark because we delighted in your company. R.I.P., dear Carmelo, and now you’ll be with your wife & all your family in God’s arms. We know that you were supposed to be in our lives. We will miss knowing you are there, in Newark, often ready on-the-spot to go to dinner or Church or the Senior Center. ❤️🌻✝️🦋🌈❤️

  • Dr. Palazzo was the Fine Arts coordinator for Cecil County Public Schools when I was a student. He was always kind and supportive, and engaging with students. He was a faithful champion of arts education during his entire career, and he was loved and respected by staff and students alike. My condolences to the family. Please know that Dr. Palazzo made his mark on the lives of many in CCPS!

  • To the family of Carmelo Palazzo, My sincere condolences on the loss of your loved one, Carmelo was a good man and I looked forward to him coming in for lunch here at the Newark Senior Center where I work as the Chef. Rest in Peace my friend……

  • Prayers and blessings to the family! I was the second art teacher in Cecil County and I believe he was t he third .Carmen was my hard working supervisor for many years. I appreciate his faith ,friendship, and his efforts in the arts.

  • My heartfelt sympathy and warmest condolences to the Palazzo family on the loss of your beloved Carmelo.
    He was Supervisor of Art in Cecil County, Maryland, when I was hired as an art teacher in 1975, and was a wonderful, caring, excellent, mentor and role model throughout my 30 year long career. One of my greatest honors was being asked to speak at his retirement dinner.
    Ever enthusiastic about learning new things, he kept up with the latest trends and gadgets, and shared his knowledge with a childlike delight. Stopping by my classroom to share photos and proud news about his cherished family gave him so much pleasure and I loved those moments spent with him. He was a quiet, gentle, ever-smiling giant of a man and he was loved and will be missed by so many. May God bless and keep you all.
    Warm regards,
    Michelle Catington Porter

  • I was lucky enough to grow up in Newark with the Palazzo family as my next-door-neighbors. Michael and Susan, I can’t imagine a nicer man or a better role model for kids than your father. My deepest condolences to your family. Ron Noble

  • With greatest sadness in our hearts we send our deepest sympathy on the passing of your Father. May his soul rest in Peace forever.
    Our love and our prayers to you Michael Susan and family

    Uncle Frank and Aunt Mary Jo

  • My thoughts and prayers are with Carman and his family and friends. I had the opportunity to work with him in the Cecil County Public Schools and he was my friend and colleague.

  • Mr. Palazzo was respected and loved. I was a student of his in the 60s, then worked with him at BOE. I’ve never known a nicer man. He will be missed at our gatherings.

  • so sorry to hear about carmen–he was my supervisor at elkton h s and was always so helpful –went out of his way to get what ever was needed for the classroom–besat to the family

  • So sorry to hear of the passing of Carmelo, he was my art supervisor and hired me at CCPS. He was always supportive and positive and had a wonderful smile. It was great to see him at luncheons with retired teachers and catch up on his yoga and family activities. He was a kind and gentle man who always made me feel I was doing a good job for my students. He will be greatly missed. It was a privilege to work with him. My sympathies to the family.

  • Mike,Sue, I’m sad to hear of your father. I wish you both and your family peace and love in this difficult time.

  • Michael & Susan
    We were so saddened to hear of the recent passing of your father. Uncle Carl was a kind and gentle person who always found a way to think of those around him and saw the good in all things. His love of family, faith, and food are the things that I will remember most. I feel blessed to have many memories of him and our times together. One of my favorites was when we traveled to Deleware to see Tyler play baseball against U of D, and your dad joined us for the game and dinner. While he will no longer walk this Earth with us, his presence will forever be felt in our hearts. With much love-Lisa, Geoff, Sara, and Tyler

  • Susan and Michael, I am so very sorry for your loss. I am living down in Rehoboth now and was unable to come up for the service.
    Your Dad was one of the finest men that I knew. I still always picture him with a camera. I still have a picture that he took of me
    years ago at a Christmas Bazaar at Holy Family.

  • Dear Palazzo Family,
    We write to express our condolences on the death of Carmelo. We were neighbors for 26 years. We always enjoyed talking with him about gardening, art, music, and history. He was a kind and gentle man and, we are certain, will be greatly missed.
    Susan McKenna and Jim Brophy

  • Well done good and faithful servant. Rest peacefully, and goodbye for now my dear friend.

  • God will surely bless this kind and gentle gentleman. I first met him and his wife Joanne when Theresa and Joe McCormick had square dancing on their back porch. I then met him again at the Newark Senior Center computer club meetings where he entertained everyone with his wonderful photography, especially Longwood and then reporting on annual photography contests. A dear man with a winning smile every time I saw him as a neighbor. I give thanks I had the opportunity to know him.

  • It is with a heavy heart that we send our deepest condolences. Carmelo was a kind, thoughtful and beloved brother whose gentle spirit will be dearly missed. His faith in God and zest for life was expressed in all he did for family and friends. He was an inspiration to us all. May he rest in eternal peace.

  • We send our condolences and wish peace for Carmen and his family. I worked with Carmen in Cecil County. I knew him as a kind man and dedicated professional. Rest in peace🙏.

  • Carmen was my 2nd Fine Arts supervisor during my 4-year teaching career in CCPS. He was a truly dedicated professional, a person whose gift was respect and consideration for all others and working for the good of everyone…. He championed his teachers and their students’ accomplishments in both music and art. He was the epitome of the perfect supervisory role model. True to his nature, Carmen was best described as a gentle giant of a man whose impact on Cecil County Public Schools has often been imitated but never equalled. May your soul aspire greatly in Heaven as a perfect example of an earthly life lived as a saint. You were dear to many, and especially to the heart of our loving Savior Who shared you with us. “For all the saints, who from their labors rest….”

  • May the angels come to greet you dear friend. May they lead you to Paradise.
    Carmelo had the purest heart. Always accepting, never judging, always serving others in some way, using his artistic talents to bring beauty to all those he knew.
    His love for his wife Joanne, and you Susan and Micheal was obvious to all who knew him. That love will warm your hearts forever and the happy memories of times spent together will soothe the pain of your loss.

  • Please know my sorrow for your loss and that you are in my prayers. May the special memories of Carmelo live on inside your heart forever.

  • Our deepest sympathy on the passing of your father. We will remember him fondly. He was a kind and loving man. We have so many good memories of family gatherings that we shared with him, and we were so happy he was able to attend CJ & Christie’s wedding. He spent an extra day with us, and was able to enjoy his time with us.

    Know that God leaves us with memories to hold and love that does not pass away. May he live on in heaven and also in all our hearts.
    May his soul rest in peace .

    Mary Frances, Maury, Matt, Katie, CJ & Christie

  • Carmelo is a true disciple of Jesus. He made so many people smile. He insisted everyone smile when he asked to take their picture. And we know he loved to take pictures. His smile was contagious. Shirley and I can never remember a time that he was not smiling. May Carmelo rest in peace in the arms of his loving savior.
    Deacon Joe and Shirley Certesio.

  • Hi Susan and Michael. Such a nice tribute to your Dad. I always liked him.