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Hundreds gather to honor plane crash victims

Kay Daub Kay Daub
Jim Madsen Jim Madsen

By Duane Shimogawa - bio | email

KAHALA (HawaiiNewsNow) - Hundreds gathered Saturday to remember a father and son, who died in a plane crash in the Koolau Mountains. It happened nearly one week ago from Saturday.

Friends and family of Nick and Timmy Palumbo packed the Star of the Sea Parish.

They shared laughter and tears as they paid tribute to the two beloved men. A long line waited patiently outside the Star of the Sea Parish, but they weren't necessarily waiting to sit down. Instead, Nick Palumbo's widow, Sue greeted that long line inside with a hug.

Friends say that's how Nick and Timmy would've wanted it. Warm, yet lighthearted.

"Nick was one of the funniest people I've ever known," Family friend Jim Madsen said. "All the times I've seen him, every time he'd make a joke, he was always laughing or making a joke out of something."

While Nick was portrayed as a jokester, Timmy was remembered as having a great personality and the rare ability to recall weather statistics, dates and other facts.

"These are two both incredible people," Madsen said.

The Palumbo's were killed after their Piper Cherokee single-engine plane crashed into steep mountainous terrain, around 50 feet west of the Lanipo Trail. They were making their way back to Honolulu from Lanai, where Nick operated a veterinary practice.

"He touched the lives of so many people, he was my hero and I knew that somehow, we'll never forget and always still be able to talk to him," Nick's daughter Kay Daub said.

Daub wasn't surprised at the huge amount of people that showed up.

"He really was charismatic, brilliant person and I think he had a lot of friends, touched a lot of people's lives," Daub said.

That's including Madsen's. The cat rescuer hasn't seen the Palumbo's since his cats died, four years ago. On Saturday, he and Sue caught up.

"I told her I wish I had met ya under better circumstances, but I just didn't have any cats anymore," he said. "She said, we'll just have to get you some cats."

And that warm humor is what the Palumbo family says describes both Nick and Timmy to the tee, as their legacy lives on through their family.

"All of us kids are better at who we are because of dad," Daub said.

Just to keep with the light-hearted theme, the Palumbo family made sure to have balloons at the memorial service.


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