Obituary for Mario Palliola – Worcester Telegram & Gazette

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Mario Palliola, 83, passed away peacefully at home on June 18 after a long and brave battle with cardiac amyloidosis.

He was born in Worcester to the late Mario and Margaret (Polini) Palliola. He is survived by his 40-year-old beloved wife Kathy (Murtaugh) Palliola of Spencer, son Michael Palliola of Newburyport, MA, 3 stepchildren, Maureen Morin and her husband Dan of Millbury, James Grady and his wife Robin of Auburn, and Stephen Grady and his Mrs. Donna of Auburn and 5 grandchildren (Eric, Tyler, Ryan, Katie and Julia). He also leaves behind a sister, Eleanor Mara, of Northborough, a niece and nephew, and many cousins ​​in the US and Italy.

Mario was most recently employed by CVS Pharmacy in Spencer as a Registered Pharmacist until his retirement in 2016. Prior to that he was Director of Pharmacy at Memorial Hospital in Worcester from 1986 to 1999, where he joined in 1974 as an Associate Pharmacist. Mario graduated from Worcester’s South High School in 1956 and received his bachelor’s degree in pharmacy from the Massachusetts College of Pharmacy in 1960 and his master’s degree in hospital pharmacy administration in 1978. Earlier in his career, he worked as a chemist/narcotics analyst with the Department of Public Health, Division of Food and Drugs in Boston.

He proudly served 4 years in the US Navy as a non-commissioned officer in the Security Groups Division in Washington, DC and was stationed in the Persian Gulf in Saudi Arabia and Bahrain from 1961-1962 where he achieved the rank of Lieutenant. He also served for many years as the assistant reserve sheriff in the Worcester County Sheriff’s Office.

Mario was a passionate enthusiast for all Boston sports teams, loved the outdoors and camping over the years especially at Race Point Beach on Cape Cod and Lake Dennison where he met many lifelong friends. He was an avid skier and was a ski instructor at Wachusett Mountain for many years. He also spent many summers on his boat on Lake Quinsigamond. He loved his fast sports cars and always reminisced about his 1966 Chevy Corvette Stingray. He was deeply proud of his Italian heritage and enjoyed visiting Italy with his son to spend time with his family. He was a lover of animals, especially his beloved German shepherds, Kasha and Khloe. He was a devoted husband and father, a patient and hardworking man, and a true gentleman to all who met him. He will be greatly missed by his family and friends.

Services will be private. There are no office hours. Burial will take place at Pine Grove Cemetery in Leicester, Ma. Please omit flowers. Donations can be made to Second Chance Animal Services, PO Box 136, East Brookfield, MA 01515.

The MORIN FUNERAL HOME, 1131 Main St., Leicester directs the arrangements for the family.

Posted June 21, 2022

Published in Worcester Telegram & Gazette

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