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Robert M. Palmieri, regional manager for Avis car rental April 15, 1945 -- Nov. 6, 2007

Spending time in Baker Hall changed his life for the better, Robert M. Palmieri always said, molding and shaping him into the man he had become.

Mr. Palmieri, a resident of Buffalo and Myrtle Beach, S.C., died Tuesday in Roswell Park Cancer Institute. He was 62.

Born in Elmira, Mr. Palmieri moved to the Buffalo area when he was 14, to live in the residence that is part of Our Lady of Victory Institutions. He excelled in athletics, skills he later shared as a coach for his children's teams.

Mr. Palmieri still was in school when he began working at Avis car rental in Buffalo, washing cars. Through the years, he worked his way up to become a regional manager, a job that moved him and his family around the country.

He retired in the 1990s, after more than 30 years with the company.

Mr. Palmieri was a hands-on father to his own children and to others who needed support. He donated time and money to sponsor athletic teams, equip children and give them rides to and from games.

His also enjoyed golf.

Survivors include a a son, Christopher; two daughters, Bridget Rice and Nicole; and two sisters, Judy Dominikoski and Elizabeth Hughes.

A memorial Mass will be offered at 10 a.m. Saturday in Our Lady of Victory Basilica, Ridge Road and South Park Avenue Lackawanna.

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