William Natale Palladini passed away Sunday morning, November 6, in Sonoma, California, just as the time “fell back” from 2 a.m. to 1 a.m. He died from gastric cancer that had metastasized, along with multiple complications, and is survived by his wife of 56 years, Carol (79), and his three sons, Doug (56), Jeff (54), and Mike (46).

Bill was born in Castellarano, Reggio Emilia, Italy, on March 22, 1943, the first child of Aldino (born Castellarano, February 1, 1914) and Ada Palladini (a naturalized citizen born in the U.S. while her father was working as a coal miner in Iowa), amid the trials and tribulations of WWII. Desperate to escape the