Richard J. Palmer

August 10th, 2021

Richard J. Palmer, age 89, a life-long resident of Wilmington, passed away surrounded by his loving family on August 8, 2021, at the Sawtelle Hospice House in Reading.

Richard was born on October 19, 1931, in Cambridge, MA; he was the cherished son of the late Douglas and Ann (Gavan) Palmer. Richard grew up in Wilmington as part of a large, loving family. He graduated from Wilmington High School with the class of 1949.

Richard joined the U.S. Army in 1952. Richard served overseas in Korea for more than a year before his honorable discharge on November 3, 1954.

Richard returned home to his wife, Rachel A. (McLaughlin) Palmer whom he married on April 19, 1952. They went on to have five children. The family settled in Wilmington on Middlesex Avenue in the home that Richard built for his family.

Richard worked for Boston Edison as a lineman for more than forty-four years. He was a dedicated employee who made many friends during his career.

In his spare time, Richard loved to work in his garden; he was especially fond of his flowers. He worked at a greenhouse in high school and his love of plants continued throughout his adulthood.

Richard and Rachel had many special memories of traveling. They saw much of the world together and loved to share their stories and pictures with their family and friends.

Richard’s family was most important to him; he loved his family and extended family. They always enjoyed each other’s company and looked forward to their many large “get-togethers.”

Richard will be remembered for his strong work ethic, his ability to instill strong values in his children and his fair approach to life. He was a “true gentleman” and will be greatly missed by his family.

Richard was the beloved husband of the late Rachel A. (McLaughlin) Palmer, devoted father of Douglas Palmer of Wilmington, (formally of Boston), Christine Palmer Taylor & her husband Bruce of Cheshire, CT, Jeffrey Palmer & his wife Karen Wolley Palmer of Manchester, NH, the late Rachel A. McCarthy & her late husband James F. McCarthy, III, the late Richard J. Palmer, Jr. & his wife Ann Holbrook Palmer, loving “Pop” of Nicholas Palmer, Shamus McCarthy, Daniel Palmer, Katie Palmer, Joseph Palmer, Maeve Taylor and Richard Graeme Taylor, “Great Pop” of Riley James Palmer, dear brother of Ann Stewart & her late husband Ervyl of Harwichport and Estero, FL, the late Douglas Palmer & his late wife Faith, the late Robert Palmer & his wife Mary “Jane” of Wilmington, the late James Palmer & his late wife Theresa “Chickie”. Richard is also survived by many loving nieces and nephews.

Family and friends will gather for Visiting Hours at the Nichols Funeral Home, 187 Middlesex Ave.(Rte. 62), Wilmington, on Wednesday, August 11thfrom 4:00-7:00 p.m. A Mass of Christian Burial will take place on Thursday, August 12th at 10:30 a.m. in St. Thomas of Villanova Church, 126 Middlesex Ave., Wilmington. Interment with Military Honors will follow in Wildwood Cemetery, Wilmington.

Memorial donations in Richard’s name may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association, 309 Waverley Oaks Road, Waltham, MA 02452 or to the American Cancer Society, 3 Speen St., Framingham, MA 01701.


4 Entries in Guest Book for “Richard J. Palmer”

  1. Bernie Palmer says:

    My condolences and prayers to all the family. Dick made everyone feel welcomed. There is emptiness in everyone that ever felt his love. The pain is gone from him…he is resting in peace. May your happy memories help you to overcome the pain you feel. Wish I could be there with you. You are all in my thoughts and prayers here in Pennsylvania. Love, Bernie Palmer

  2. Karen M Wolley- Palmer says:

    To my father-in-law, I am at a loss for words to describe how sad I am at your passing
    , but I know you are in a better place, with no pain or fear. Rest in peace my quiet, handsome, sweet man. I will miss you everyday but know you are watching over all of us, hand and hand with Mum. Love you.

  3. Jeff palmer says:

    Love you Dad

  4. Bob Holbrook says:

    My condolences to Dick’s family. Dick was a very goo man in life and, I am sure, will make a great angel in heaven. God Bless and hold you close dear friend.
    Bob Holbrook

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