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Ovid J. Palmitessa

December 12, 1928 ~ July 30, 2020 (age 91)


Ovid J.Palmitessa, 91, of East Waterboro died Thursday, July 30, 2020 at his home.  He was born December 12, 1928 in Queens, NY a son of John and Clementine (Petite) Palmitssa.  His family moved here when he was a child and he was educated locally, attending Biddeford High School.


He worked in the Pepperell Mills as a young man and later with Pratt Whitney as a machinist, retiring in 1993.


On November 5, 1949 he married Gertrude P. Boucher at St. Andre’s Church in Biddeford.


Ovid had become proficient with the drums by the age of sixteen.  Playing in local bands, he performed at evening events at the Black Point Inn in Scarborough and the White Barn Inn in Kennebunk as well as other venues.

Using his talents he would bring entertainment to local nursing homes.


Ovid was pre-deceased by Gertrude, his wife of 52 years in 2002.  Also preceding him in death were siblings: Paul Palmitessa, Arthur Palmitessa, Donald Palmitessa, Mitzy Ladakakos, Mary Dion, and John Palmitessa.


He is survived by:

          His daughter Deborah Stover and her husband Richard of York

          His son Andre Palmitessa of E. Waterboro

Grandchildren Marlee Burnham and Anthony Palmitessa, a great granddaughter Chelsea Nicole Burnham, and his sister Arlene Larochelle.



There will be no visiting hours. Graveside service and  burial will be at St. Joseph Cemetery in Biddeford on Thursday, August 6th at 11:00 a.m. .  Arrangements are by Hope Memorial Chapel, 480 Elm Street, Biddeford, ME 04005.    To express condolences on line please visit

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Graveside Service
August 6, 2020

11:00 AM
St. Joseph's Cemetery (Biddeford)
120 West St.
Biddeford, ME 04005

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