OBITUARY: Robert P. “Bob” Palmer, Sr., 87, Retired DPW Director & Former Selectman

Below is an obituary from Nichols Funeral Home:

WILMINGTON, MA — Robert P. Palmer, Sr., “Bob”, age 87, a life-long resident of Wilmington, passed away peacefully on December 19, 2020.

Bob was born on August 28, 1933 in Cambridge, MA; he was the cherished son of the late Douglas and Ann (Gavan) Palmer. Bob was raised in Wilmington and graduated from Wilmington High School with the Class of 1953. He was a great athlete who served as the Captain of the Wildcat Football team and was later inducted into the Wilmington Hall of Fame.

Following graduation, Bob enlisted in the U.S. Army on October 13, 1954. He proudly served his country during the Korean conflict. After four years, Bob was honorably discharged from the Army as a Sergeant on October 5, 1958, returning home to his family.

Bob married “the love of his life” Mary “Jane” Randell on June 11, 1960. They settled in Wilmington where they raised their four children: Betsy, Patrick, John and Robert, Jr. Bob and Jane celebrated their 60th anniversary this past summer and reminisced about the countless memories made with family and friends throughout the years.

Bob went to work for the Town of Wilmington as a laborer for the Highway Department in September of 1953. Through his hard work and dedication to the town, Bob was promoted to the Superintendent of the Department of Public Works. Prior to the Assistant Town Manager position being created, Bob filled in as Town Manager when it was necessary. He worked as a special Wilmington Police Officer from 1962 to 1979. Bob retired from the Town of Wilmington on February 6, 1998. Bob was a graduate of Newbury College.

Bob served was on the Board of Selectmen from 2001 to 2004 and served on the Finance Committee from May 2005 to April 2017. Bob was instrumental in many town projects and he had the honor of the Glen Road Field being named “Robert Palmer Park”. Bob was also awarded the “Key to the Town” in recognition of his 64 years of dedicated service to the community and their residents.

Bob was a faithful parishioner at St. Thomas Church attending Mass each Sunday. Bob was a Charter Member of the Fr. Croke Council at the Knights of Columbus.

In his spare time, Bob enjoyed time spent with his family. He enjoyed gardening with his brother Jay, attending all his boys sporting events and in his younger years he loved to dance. He never missed a special occasion, holiday, or family event. He also loved to spend time restoring his cherished 1932 Ford truck which displayed the sign of the family’s farm “PALMER’S Strictly Fresh EGGS”.

Bob was a devoted and loving family man; he was an amazing grandfather and a wonderful role model. He had a great sense of humor and always liked to make others laugh. Bob was quiet and unassuming; he was humble and kind and would quietly go out of his way to help anyone in need. Bob was a “giver” throughout his life; he gave of his time, his talents, and his vast knowledge of many subjects. He was truly “one of a kind” and will forever be in the hearts of those who loved him.

Bob was the beloved husband of Mary “Jane” (Randell) Palmer, devoted father of Betsy Feeley & her husband James of Medford, Patrick Palmer of Windham, NH, John Palmer of South Carolina and the late Robert P. Palmer, Jr., loving “Bampy” of Krista Palmer Green & her husband Cameron, Breanne Palmer, Ian Palmer, Katelyn Merryfield & her husband Jack, Kacey Palmer, Jocelyn Palmer, Kerri Palmer, Kyleigh Palmer, Erik Feeley and his great-grandson Blake Merryfield who was born on his 85th birthday. Father-in-law of Alicia Palmer of Tewksbury, Cherished son of the late Douglas and Ann (Gavan) Palmer, dear brother of the late Douglas Palmer & his late wife Faith of Missouri, Richard Palmer & his late wife Rachel of Wilmington, Ann Stewart & her late husband Ervyl of Harwichport and the late Jay Palmer & his late wife Chickie of Wilmington, brother-in-law of the late Vernon Randell & his wife Beatrice of Hampstead, NH, Carol Munroe & her late husband George and Joyce Cail and her late husband Stephen all of Dunstable. Bob is also survived by his very special niece and Goddaughter Stacey Palmer Moda as well as many loving nieces and nephews.

Family and friends will gather for Visitation at St. Thomas of Villanova Church, 126 Middlesex Ave., Wilmington on Tuesday, December 22nd from 3:00-7:00 p.m. A Mass of Christian Burial will take place in the Church on Wednesday, December 23rd at 10:00 a.m. Interment with Military Honors will follow in Wildwood Cemetery, Wilmington. All guests attending services are required to wear a mask in church.

Memorial donations in Bob’s name may be made to St. Thomas Church, 126 Middlesex Ave., Wilmington, MA 01887 or to Friends of Acadia, P.O. Box 45, Bar Harbor, ME 04609in loving Memory of Robert Palmer Sr. and Robert Palmer Jr.

Bob Palmer

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