Palmer, Ivan

April 6th, 2011

Ivan E. Palmer, age 91, a life-long resident of Wilmington, died peacefully on Wednesday, April 6, 2011, at Woodbriar of Wilmington.

Born June 21, 1919, Ivan was the cherished son of the late Guilford M. and Lauretta J. (Machum) Palmer. Ivan was a true “townie” who loved Wilmington, he was educated in Wilmington, graduated from Wilmington High School, and spent his entire adult life giving of himself to the town.

Ivan was inducted into the United States Army Air Force on February 3, 1943, he stepped up to do his duty and was proud to serve the country during World War II.. Ivan was assigned to the 240th Army Air Force Base Unit, he received many commendations for his service and was honorably discharged on February 20, 1946.

Prior to retiring, Ivan worked for Smith Pump Company in Wilmington for many years and then at Choate Hospital in Woburn until it closed.

Ivan was a hard worker, but his passion was as a “Caretaker to All” and that was a job he did extremely well and never complained. He thought of this as a privilege and went above and beyond for many people. Ivan took many folks to and from appointments, he also made sure that they had the necessary medical equipment at home for their care, often delivering wheelchairs, shower seats, walkers, etc.

Ivan was awarded a commendation from the American Cancer Society in 1997 for his tireless and faithful service to them and their patients.

Ivan was also very active with the Wilmington Senior Center and the A.I.M. Group in Wilmington, there he also availed himself to drive folks to and from appointments, go shopping, and volunteered at their many fund raisers. He would often be found at the plaza picking up groceries or medications for someone in need.

Ivan was the founder of “Ivan’s Angels, Friends of the Sick”, this was a group of people who volunteered to do arts and crafts for every holiday and deliver them to Tewksbury State Hospital, nursing homes, and private homes, to be enjoyed by folks and let them know that they were not forgotten. When the time came that Ivan had to retire from Ivan’s Angels, the group was delivering up to 700 gifts every holiday.

Ivan will be fondly remembered as a wonderful human being, so selfless, caring, and kind. He was recognized by the town ofWilmington as their “Good Guy” in 2003, an award that is given to an individual for their service to the town and it’s residents. Any one who knew Ivan knew that he was a good guy in many ways and he will be greatly missed.

Ivan was the beloved husband of the late Rose (DePasquale) Palmer, dear brother of Priscilla “Patty” Ward of Wilmington, the late Ernestine Palmer Arlan, Guilford M. Palmer, and Ethel L. Daly, brother-in-law of Thelma Palmer of Raymond, NH, the late Rocco DePasquale and Sal DePasquale, wonderful uncle of Edward, David, Diane, Francy, Judith, Sandra, Edward, Bonnie, Douglas, Mark, Chuck, Matty, Mary Jo, Regina, Crystal, Rusty, the late James and Carol, he is also survived by many grand nieces and nephews, as well as his very favored friends Beth Westcot and Mary Geoffrion.

Funeral Home Service will be held at the Nichols Funeral Home, Inc., 187 Middlesex Ave. (Rte. 62), Wilmington, on Friday, April 8th at 11:00 a.m. Interment to follow in Wildwood Cemetery, Wilmington. Visiting hours Thursday, April 7th from 5-7 p.m.

Memorial donations in Ivan’s name may be made to A.I.M., c/o Frank Sferrazza, 31 Fairmeadow Rd., Wilmington, MA 01887.


5 Entries in Guest Book for “Palmer, Ivan”

  1. Crystal says:

    R.I.P.”Uncle Boots”

  2. Rusty says:

    have yet to meet another man as kind and giving as uncle Boots. R.I.P

  3. Judson Miller says:

    My heart is heavy and filled with sorrow with learning of the passing of Ivan.

    He was dear friends with my Grandparents, Peg & Wes Baker…and did so much for them when my Grandfather was not able to drive anymore, and when my Grandmother passed away.

    Ivan was with my Grandfather when he died suddenly at Market Basket in 1989.

    Thank you Ivan for all that you did and the wonderful man you were…You will never be forgotten.

    My condolences and heartfelt sympathy to his sister Patty, and to all of his neices and nephews.

    Rest In Peace.

  4. anita (rosa) gleason says:

    So, another ‘angel’ has been scooped up!!! I grew up on Wilmington people helping each other, and when Ivan came into our lives….it was renewed. My mom (Grace Rosa), Anna Stanley and I were the last of the “angels” to be encircled in the group. My children love Ivan dearly, and have wonderful memories of him. He gave my mom and Anna, as well as the others…a reason to keep going. Thank you all for sharing him, and Gods’ Blessings to the family.

  5. Polly Smith says:

    I didn’t see Ivan much in the past few years, but I sure do remember him when I was growing up. He worked for my dad, helped me when I bought my house and in all the years I knew him he never changed. Rest in peace, Ivan. You deserve it.

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