John D. Palma, 24

John D. Palma, formerly of 17 Greythorne Rd., Lancaster, died early Thursday morning at Lancaster General Hospital, after a long battle with diabetes and heart disease.

He was the husband of the late Margaret E. “Peggy” Palma, who passed away in 2009. Mr. Palma is survived by his son, Daniel J. Palma of Portland, OR; his daughter Linda Palma Ross of Lancaster, 7 grandchildren, 24 great grandchildren; a sister Isabel Aloi of Newtown, PA and many nieces and nephews.

Mr. Palma served in World War II as part of special entertainment forces in the European Theater.

He was an original home owner in Levittown, PA, the post-war planned community. John was a professional trumpet player all of his life and was a member of the house bands of The Celebrity Room and Palumbo’s, both in Philadelphia, and the Latin Casino in Camden. He also played in clubs in New York, Wildwood, NJ, and Atlantic City. He managed City Music Center in Burlington, NJ and was responsible for the instrument rental programs of most of the school districts in central and southern NJ during the 1960s and 70s. In his retirement, he and his wife, Peggy, operated PJ’s Varieties at the old Meadowbrook Farmers Market.

The family would like to publicly thank all of the wonderful staff at Village Vista nursing home who loved and cared for him and his wife until her death. They treated him like he was their own father. The family would also like to acknowledge the excellent care by the staff at LGH during his final illness.

Friends will be received on Sunday, October 17, 2010 from 7-8PM at the Charles F. Snyder Funeral Home and Crematory, 441 N. George St., Millersville, PA, with the Funeral Service to follow at 8PM, the Rev. Michael Yoder officiating.. Interment will be private. To send and online condolence, please visit: Charles F. Snyder Funeral Home & Crematory, 872-5041

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Dear Linda & Family,

I was so saddened to hear of John’s passing.  I have prayed for him everyday since he left his home at Village Vista Manor.  Your parents were truly wonderful people……which is why they both were "favorites" in our small family.  My thoughts and prayers continue for you and your families great loss.  God Bless.

Lisa Genoese – Fulmer

Linda and family,

Please accept my deepest sympathy for your loss. John was a great man, and I loved him so much.  It was my privilege and honor to have had the pleasure of knowing and caring for him and Peggy.  I have missed him dearly since our days at VVM and I now regret not going to see him more often. John, Peggy, and the family will always be near and dear to my heart.

Mona Frey

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