Veteran newsman Palange remembered for dedication

Veteran newsman Palange remembered for dedication

PAWTUCKET – Pawtucket lost longtime newspaperman Paul Palange, previously publisher of The Times, on Easter Sunday.

Palange, 66, of Seekonk, Mass., was most recently the director of fund development and sponsorships at the Blackstone Valley Tourism Council.

“Our friend, our co-worker and gentle spirit Paul Palange, passed away yesterday,” wrote BVTC President Bob Billington on Monday. “Our Board of Directors and staff are stricken with sadness. Paul was a leader in the community and all that we do here at the Blackstone Valley Tourism Council. Our hearts are full of sorrow with this loss. His dedication to his family, his community and his work are difficult to match.”

Palange was found unresponsive in his home, according to his colleagues and friends.

“So shocking and sad,” said Larry Berman, communications director for the Rhode Island House of Representatives. “Paul and I worked together for years at The Call. He was such a dedicated, hard worker and a fun-loving guy. He will be deeply missed.”

WooSox Vice Chairman Mike Tamburro told Brendan McGair of The Times that Palange, an avid PawSox fan, was “a credit to the industry. He cared deeply about the community.”

Palange served as managing editor of The Times and then publisher during the 1990s into the 2000s. He would later come back as general manager and director of advertising before moving on to other endeavors, including publishing the Senior Digest.

Palange, a 1977 graduate of Syracuse University, joined The Call in 1978 as a correspondent and then staff writer. He also previously served as executive editor of the Norristown Times-Herald in Pennsylvania and later executive editor of the Fall River Herald News.

Among his civic engagements, he was involved with the Pawtucket Hall of Fame Committee and Salvation Army.