G. Palmer Pederson
August 19, 1921 – January 24, 2003
Palmer was born on the family farm in southern Saskatchewan on August 19, 1921. He served in the Air Force as a mechanic during WWII. After the war, he owned a garage in Glen Ewan, Saskatchewan. He traveled out to Smithers, British Columbia to join his brother Menford. Palmer owned and operated a small log mill, where his younger brother Oscar would come out and work winters. Palmer met his wife Vivian in Telkwa, they were married in Terrace on August 18, 1954. They subsequently purchased and moved out to a farm in North Bulkley (Houston) in 1956. Palmer worked hard on the farm as well as working for the Ministry of Forests as a truck driver until he retired.
Palmer lived with Multiple Sclerosis for most of his life. Many people were unaware of his long battle with the disease, but it profoundly shaped the man he was and the courage it took for him to face every day.
Palmer served as Service Officer for the Royal Canadian Legion, Branch 249 (Houston) for a number of years. He was a man of principal and honour, and was proud of being able to serve his fellow veterans.
Palmer is survived and will be greatly missed by his wife, Vivian, his children, Paul, Ron and Pat, and grandchildren, Gordon, Megan and Veronica, his sister Gladys Hanson, in Weyburn, Saskatchewan and brothers Willard in Calgary, Alberta, Menford and Oscar in Smithers, BC. There are also numerous other family and friends who will miss him.
A Legion memorial was held in Houston on January 29th, 2003 and he will be interred at Lac Que Parl Church near Estevan, Saskatchewan.
The family would like to thank all those who assisted at home, the BC Ambulance crew, the Houston Clinic and the Smithers Hospital. In addition, we would like to thank the Houston Legion, Rev. M. Monkman, RA Schrader Funeral Home, as well as all those who have sent cards, flowers and donations.
Further donations in Palmer’s name can be made to Lac Que Parle Church Restoration c/o Henry Pederson 305-1226 3rd Street, Estevan, Sask, S4A 0R9 (Receipts will be provided); MS Society; Legion Branch 249.