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Tuesday, April 3, 2012

Richard ‘Dick’ Palmer

Richard “Dick” Palmer, 66, of Hudson, NH, died at The Community Hospice House in Merrimack, NH on Thursday evening, March 29, 2012, following a long and brave battle with cancer.

He was born in Glasgow, Scotland on May 1, 1945 to Edith (Donald) Palmer of Tyngsboro, MA and the late Earl Palmer.

He resided in Tyngsboro, MA in his youth and attended the Tyngsboro and Lowell school systems and graduated from Lowell High School in 1963. He attended Bay State Community College and Nashua Community College.

Dick was a veteran of the United States Army and did a tour of duty in Vietnam. During the Vietnam War, he served in the Central Highland at An Khe with the 1st Calvary.

He was the owner of Palmer Associates in Nashua, NH for 27 years.

He was a member of The First Church (Congregational) U.C.C. of Nashua where he served on various boards including: Board of Deacons, Prudential, Lay Visitation, Property Management, Music Committee along with Ushering. He was honored for his long and loyal service to First Church by receiving the Katherine Brigham Award.

Dick was also a member of Rising Sun Lodge # 39, Free and Accepted Masons of Nashua and was raised in Verba Buena Lodge No. 403 in Oakland, CA. The Scottish Rite Bodies, Valley of Lowell and the Massachusetts Consistory 32nd degree and the Aleppo Temple for 20 years.

He was an avid reader, enjoyed golfing, the beach, kayaking and all water sports. Photography was of special interest to Dick and he donated many of his fine prints to charity. Dick always had a great sense of humor and enjoyed a good joke as well as the sharing of jokes.

Many, whose lives he touched knew him for his generosity of donations.

Dick is survived by his mother Edith “Scottie” Palmer of Tyngsboro, MA, a son Ensign Gregory C. Palmer, who is stationed with the US Navy in Corpus Christie, TX; his sister Janice Morin of Manchester, NH, his brother Donald and his wife Brenda of Nashua, NH, his brother Ian and his wife Georgia of Hudson, NH. Also one niece Erica Lettas, two nephews Nicholas Palmer and Brian Palmer and his uncle William Palmer. He also leaves a special friend Patricia Roberts, her daughter Brianna Roberts and dear friends, Jo A. Bisbing and Steve and Judy Brown and their daughters, Elizabeth and Katherine, and a good friend, Jack Bigelow.

SERVICES: There are no visiting hours. A Service of Remembrance will be celebrated at The First Church (Congregational) U.C.C., 1 Concord Street, Nashua on Saturday April 7, 2012 at 3:30 P.M. Friends are invited to attend. Interment prayers, military rites and burial will be offered on Monday, April 9, 2012 at 2:30 P.M. at The New Hampshire Veterans Cemetery, 110 Daniel Webster Highway, Boscawen, N.H. In lieu of flowers, those who wish may make memorial donations to: The First Church Scholarship Fund, 1 Concord Street, Nashua, NH 03064. The DAVIS FUNERAL HOME, One Lock St., Nashua has been placed in charge of arrangements. An online guest book is available at, (603-883-3401) “ONE MEMORY LIGHTS ANOTHER.”