Gloucester — Carlo “Sleepy” Pallazola, 76, died Saturday, June 29, surrounded by his family. He was the loving husband of the late Joan (Grant) Pallazola, who died in July 2012. They shared 51 years of marriage.
Born in Gloucester on May 6, 1937, he was the son of the late Clemente and Philippa (Nicastro) Pallazolo. He was a lifelong resident of the Fort Square section of Gloucester.
“Sleepy” was employed at Gorton’s of Gloucester for 17 years, before his retirement in the late 1980s. He was also a commercial fisherman aboard the fishing vessels, Serafina N and the Rockaway.
A St. Peter’s Fiesta legend, he was the 1956 greasy pole champion and was a champion seine boat scuttler. The Fiesta was his inspiration and motivation for life. It was always about family, friends, tradition, and heart. He was a lifelong member of the St. Peter’s Club and a former member of the Gloucester Lodge of Elks, No. 892.
He is survived by his four devoted daughters, Carla Pallazola and her fiancé, Louie Aliberti, Leeanne Pallazola, Janelle Puopolo and her husband, Jay, and Jaime Mejia and her husband, Eddie; two brothers, Jerry Pallazolla and his wife, Betty, and Cliffy Palazzola and his wife, Dale; his two sisters, Mamie Dimock, and Fina Cranston and her husband, Bernie; family friend and his home health aid, Amanda “Pam” Sponagle; and many nieces, nephews and great-nieces and great-nephews.
He was the devoted grandfather to his three grandchildren, Erica, Jake and Kyle Casucci.
A special thank you to his godchild, Amy Gilson Favalora, for all her loving care.
He was also predeceased by a brother, Jimmy Pallazola and an infant sister.
ARRANGEMENTS: His funeral Mass will be celebrated on Wednesday in Holy Family Parish, St. Ann Church, Pleasant St., Gloucester, at 10:30 a.m. Visiting hours will be held on Tuesday in the Pike-Grondin Funeral Home, 61 Middle St., Gloucester, from 4 to 8 p.m. Relatives and friends are cordially invited to attend. Interment will be held in Calvary Cemetery, Gloucester. For more information and to send online condolences, please visit www.grondinfuneralservices.com.