BVA Mourns Loss of Founding Member

Blinded Veterans Association pioneer and founding member Nicholas J. Palermo passed away December 27, 2014 at Yale New Haven Hospital in New Haven, Connecticut.
His obituary was published in the New Haven Register on December 30.

Nick was among the World War II blinded service members who joined together on March 28, 1945 for the meeting that formalized the beginnings of BVA at Avon Old Farms Convalescent Hospital. As such, Nick was considered one of the original BVA founders. He had been one of only two of the founders still living.

During the war Nick served as a Sergeant in the U.S. Army, where he received a Purple Heart for his injuries that caused his blindness. Prior to his retirement he was an assembler for Marlin Firearms and at different periods was an active member of the Connecticut Regional Group. He recently attended meetings of the group.

In 2009, Nick attended a community-wide celebration in honor of the 65th anniversary of Avon Old Farms. The event, hosted by the Avon Historical Society and Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 3272, was also attended by then BVA Executive Director Tom Miller and Director of District 1 David VanLoan.

Nick was the husband and childhood sweetheart of Florence Jasinski Palermo. He is also survived by daughter Linda Siegert (Paul) Blackman of New Hampshire and son Jon Palermo of West Haven, brother Lawrence Palermo of East Haven. His sister Marie Cronogue preceded him in death.

A visitation was held January 2 at the West Haven Funeral Home at the Green, followed by funeral services. Interment with military honors took place in nearby Oak Grove Cemetery.

Donations in Nick’s memory may be made to Fidelco Guide Dog Foundation, Inc., 103 Vision Way, Bloomfield, CT 06002 or to the charity of one’s choice. For online condolences, please visit