William Stewart Palmer
August 22, 1922 – September 21, 2009
It is with profound sadness that we announce the passing of our beloved husband, father and grandfather, William Stewart Palmer. Bill passed away peacefully on September 21st with family at his side.
He was born in Eatonia, Saskatchewan on August 22nd, 1922. Most of his childhood was spent on the family farm in Styal, Alberta where many happy memories were formed.
Bill married Jean, the love of his life, in 1948. They moved to Smithers in 1950 where Bill continued his employment with the C.N.R.
His competitive spirit was well known whether it be golfing, curling, bowling, baseball, horseshoes or cards. He loved the cabin at Babine and spent many weekends there fishing and enjoying friends.
Upon his retirement, he and Jean did extensive travelling which he enjoyed. Bill loved meeting new people, and was never shy starting up a conversation with strangers.
He was very active with the Smithers seniors and looked forward to the Senior Games and Wednesday luncheons at the senior centre. He was a long time member of the Smithers United Church.
Poor health issues forced Jean and Bill to leave their cherished home and roots of fifty-eight years and move down to Abbotsford where he could receive the dialysis he needed. Bill was always positive and optimistic throughout his many surgeries and dialysis-never complaining. We called him our warrior, battling through everything, but this last fight could not be won.
He leaves to mourn his loving wife of 61 years, Jean, daughter Sue Robinson (Jack), son Don (Linda), chosen daughter Cathy Dunbar (Pat). Grandchildren Jodi Campbell (Troy), Glenn Robinson (Jody), Heather Campbell (Scott), Shaun, Scott & Lindsey Palmer. Great-grandchildren Taylor & Sydney Campbell, Jake Robinson. Sister Ethel Macrae, Evansburg, Alberta brothers, Vernon (Ingrid), Harold both of Smithers, B.C. Sisters-in law, Donna Palmer, Smithers, B.C. and Alice Palmer, Evansburg, Alberta plus many nieces and nephews.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Kidney Foundation of B.C. Condolences may be left at mem.com Henderson Funeral Home in charge of arrangements.