Captain Henry Stuart Palau, U.S.N. (Retired)

Captain Palau

Cheers to Captain Henry Stuart Palau, U.S.N. (Retired), 90, who fell asleep in the Lord for his just reward Wednesday, Oct. 9, 2019.

He was born April 13, 1929, in Danbury, Connecticut, to Henry and Alberta Palau.

He is survived by his sons, Mark Palau, Richard and Ligaya Palau; grandchildren, Adam, Eric, Mary, Henry and Ian; and great-grandchildren, Alexa and Asher.

He was predeceased by his wife, Nancy Palau, and parents, Henry and Alberta Palau.

The family moved to Rowayton, Connecticut, in the 1930s. He received a Bachelor of Arts degree from Trinity College Hartford, Connecticut, in 1950. Shortly after receiving a LL.B from Boston University in 1953, he entered the Navy and served his initial tour of duty as communications officer and antisubmarine warfare officer aboard the U.S.S. Gatling (DD671). He served as assistant force legal officer on the staff of commander destroyer force U.S. Atlantic Fleet. Other duty stations included the Naval Station Charleston South Carolina, Office of the Staff Judge Advocate U.S. Military Assistance Command, Vietnam in 1964, Naval War College Rhode Island, Director U.S. Law Center Yokosuka, Japan, Director of Legislation and Assistant Judge Advocate General of Navy Military Personnel and Management at the Pentagon.

Captain Palau’s awards and decorations include the Legion of Merit, Joint Service Commendation Medal, Navy Commendation Medal and a meritorious unit citation.

Upon his retirement from the Navy in 1977, he joined the staff of The Retired Officers Association serving as General Counsel and National Secretary retiring to his home Sailors Rest on Bell Island, Rowayton, Connecticut, in 1994. He volunteered for the local Harbor Commission, Bell Island Association and Rowayton Civic Association. He enjoyed travel and his time with his family and friends including the Retired Old Men Eating Out (ROMEOs). He was founder and President of the Water Preservation Society.

The greatest husband, father and grandfather we could ever want.

A funeral Mass is to begin at 10 a.m. Friday, Oct. 25, 2019, at St. Matthews Catholic Church, Norwalk, CT. Burial will take place at a later date in Arlington National Cemetery.