Daniel J. Palumbo, Jr., 63, of Dupont, passed away Sunday, October 18, 2020, in Hospice of the Sacred Heart, Dunmore.
Born in Wilkes-Barre on November 19, 1956, he was the son of the late Daniel J. Palumbo Sr. and Anita Palombini Palumbo. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by an infant sister.
Dan was kind, gracious, and compassionate. He was a relentless fighter who overcame unimaginable odds. Soon after birth Dan was diagnosed with Cystic Fibrosis, a genetic condition that at the time of his diagnosis carried a life expectancy of 10 years. Dan’s diagnosis never curtailed his ambitions. While his condition sometimes caused physical setbacks he could not ignore, it also gave him an appreciation for much of what others take for granted.
Dan married the love his life, Lois, in 1980. For the last 40 years, Lois and Dan spent nearly every day together. They shared in life’s greatest joys and travails. In 1985 Dan and Lois welcomed twins, Alissa and Michael. Dan was a doting and loving husband and father. He enjoyed annual
vacations during which the family shared many fond memories.
Dan cherished his children. He was unfailingly supportive and proud of them. His heart grew when they welcomed their spouses, Victoria and Daniel into the family. Dan was overjoyed to become a grandfather in 2016 to Isabella Lucia Palumbo and in 2017 to Claire Louise Hoegger. Dan adored his grandchildren and they adored him. Music was a great source of joy for Dan, and he delighted giving his granddaughters their first “drum lessons.”
Dan graduated from Pittston Area High School, and then from King's College in 1978. He began his professional life working in television production before starting a successful advertising agency that he ran for 33 years. He loved his work and developed rich friendships with many clients and colleagues.
Dan retired in 2012 for health reasons. Shortly after, Dan was diagnosed with Parkinson's disease. Just as his CF never stopped him from pursuing his career, this new diagnosis did not stop him from being a tremendous friend, husband, father and grandfather.
Dan was fortunate to have had many lifelong friends who brought him strength and levity, especially during his battles with CF and Parkinson’s disease. Dan was active in CF and Parkinson’s support communities. He inspired others struggling through the many challenges that these diseases present.
Dan was defined by beating the odds through seemingly boundless determination. He left this world a better place through his passion, generosity, and kindness. His memory will be an indelible source of joy and strength for those of us who were fortunate to know him.
Surviving are his wife of 40 years, Lois Adanosky Palumbo; daughter Alissa Anita Palumbo Hoegger and her husband Daniel, Switzerland and their daughter, Claire; son, Michael Palumbo and his wife Victoria, Salt Lake City, Utah and their daughter, Isabella Lucia.
A Memorial service will be planned, scheduled, and announced at a later date.
Arrangements are entrusted to Adonizio Funeral Home, LLC, 251 William Street, Pittston.