Donald Lee Palmer
June 4, 2013
Donald Lee Palmer, born on July 17, 1930, age 82, passed away on June 4, 2013, in his home in Milford, PA. His historic home, known as the Armstrong House, was perfect for him, giving him space for all his tools and gadgets. Lee was happy when something was broken and he could spend time repairing it. He spent 40 years maintaining and improving it as an apartment house, where he lived with his beloved and cherished wife of 35 years, Greta Palmer. Lee was an artist, who painted the light and beauty of boats at low tide during Cape Cod vacations with Greta, and visited talented cousin Josephine and Sal Del Dio. He and his brother Jon owned D & J Palmer Modular Homes in Milford. Brothers Michael and Peter Palmer of Connecticut worked with Lee and Jon throughout their lives as builders and craftsmen. As many know, Lee, Jon, Mike, and Pete’s unique relationship was a bond of love and strength, embracing an extended family. The Palmer family resided on their land on Cummins Hill Road for many years.
Lee was an avid reader, who sometimes procrastinated about fixing a leak in a roof, preferring to sit in his favorite chair, laughing at Sunday’s comics, engrossed in a fantasy, or to be baking apple pie and making a mess. His family always could count on him. He unconditionally loved, respected, protected, and supported his children and grand-children. Son, Joel Palmer of Pittsburgh, PA, daughters Beth Irish of Mt Hood, Oregon, Lizanne Samuelson and Suzanne Gallagher of Milford, grand-children Mandy, Becky, Seth, and great-grandchildren Izaya, Tulala, and Willow were fortunate enough to have him and will miss him. Lee shared a wonderful closeness with his daughter in-law Amy, son in-law Bill, sister’s in-law, brother in-law, cousins, nieces and nephews, first wife Nancy Buda, friends Dick Lawrence and George Roeder.
Arrangements are by Stroyan Funeral Home, 405 W. Harford St. Milford, PA. Family members will hold a Memorial Celebration of Lee Palmer’s life and love at Milford Cemetery at a later date. In lieu of flowers, please send memorial contributions to Karen Ann Quinlan Hospice, 99 Sparta Avenue, Newton, NJ (DONATE) or to a charity of one’s choice.
Memorial celebration to be held at a later date