Published in News Times on July 10, 2012
Richard M. Palmer, 89, of Bittersweet Dr., died at home on July 4, 2012 of
Mr. Palmer was born on Dec. 30, 1922 in Washington, D.C. and grew up
there with his brother and two sisters. He attended John Quincy Adams
Elementary School, Central High School, and graduated from the
University of Maryland.
Dick joined the Navy in 1943 and served on the destroyer Remey in the
Pacific Ocean during WWII. When he returned from service to his country
he married Margaret Holley Murray in 1951.
In 1954 the family moved to Lakeville, Ct. Dick worked was a purchasing
agent at Pfizer in Canaan, Ct. He sang in the choir at the Salisbury
Congregational Church, coached Little League baseball with his brother Jim,
and sailed with the Wononscopomuc Sailing Club. He was a founding
member of the Salisbury Volunteer Ambulance Service, an avid chess
player and an active as a 4-H advisor.
In 1974 he moved to Danbury, Ct., where he met his wife Constance
playing bridge. Square dancing, traveling, racing horses (trotters) and
spending time with numerous grandchildren and great grandchildren were
some of the activities he enjoyed with Connie.
Dick worked as an administrator for Western Connecticut State College and
for the Connecticut Department of Mental Retardation, where he was
instrumental in setting up the 704 house. Dick was a true patriot, and known
for his stories, his strong opinions, positive attitude, and realistic approach to
Mr. Palmer is survived by his wife, Constance; his daughter, Elizabeth;
three sons, Andy, Bruce and Brad; seven grandchildren, David, Ben,
Warren, John, Nancy, Renee, and Roland; one great-grandson, Colton;
three stepchildren, Debi, Carol and David; ten step-grandchildren, Adam,
Jason, Matthew, Sharon, Silas, Anavah, Talitha, Simchah, Diynah, and
Sophia; nine step great-grandchildren, Taylor, Trent, Seth, Eben, Joey,
Daniel, Emet, Mickey, and Jacob; and his sister MargyTarrant.
He is predeceased by his brother James W. Palmer of Sharon, Ct. and sister
Jeanne M. Lathrop.
According to his wishes, there will be no memorial service.