Donald Palmer

Donald Nelson Palmer

Monday, February 14th, 1944 - Tuesday, May 7th, 2019
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Groton- Donald Nelson Palmer on Tuesday, May 7, 2019, at the age of 75, entered peacefully into eternal rest at home with his loving family by his side, after a courageous battle with leukemia.  Donald is predeceased by his parents, Albert and Edna (Gunsalus) Palmer, and granddaughter Greta Lindboom.  He is survived by his wife of 54 years Margaret “Peggy” (Kelly), brother Harold (Janice) Palmer of Kerrville, TX, daughter Dawn (Jon) Lindboom of Rochester, NY, son David (Clare Crawford) Palmer of Belmont, MA, grandchildren Elsa Lindboom, Gillian Palmer, and Benjamin Palmer and a cousin Richard (Mazzie) Gunsalus of Phoenix, NY.
Don was born February 14, 1944, in Auburn, NY, and graduated from Skaneateles High School in 1961.  He received business degrees from SUNY Alfred and SUNY Empire State College and went on to a long career as a business executive at several Central New York companies, including Morse Chain, Emerson Electric, and C-Mold.  He was a past president of the Ithaca-Cortland chapter of the Institute of Management Accountants.  In retirement, he enjoyed helping small businesses and individuals as a financial counselor and advisor.  Don was an avid gardener and spent most of his spare time tending his garden; he also enjoyed helping others with gardening and landscaping projects, including volunteering with the Cornell Cooperative Extension Master Gardener Program.
Don will be remembered as a hard-working, loving family man with a quick sense of humor.  He was very involved in the Groton community throughout his life.  Don was a Life Member of the Groton Fire Department for over 30 years; he was a volunteer firefighter, an EMT, a member of the Fire Police, the Board of Wardens, Treasurer and a Past President of the Conger Hose Company.  Don served on the Groton Town Board and was a Cub Scout and Boy Scout leader, a youth baseball coach, a first aid and CPR instructor, and a volunteer with the Groton Food Bank and Groton Public Library.  
Don and Peg enjoyed many years of camping at NYS Parks and in recent years they enjoyed spending the winter months in Plant City, FL, where they were thankful for their many "snowbird" friendships.

The family extends their deepest thanks to Hospicare and Palliative Care Services for their care and support. 
Don will be laid to rest in the Groton Rural Cemetery.  You are invited to attend  calling hours on Friday, May 10 from 6 to 8 PM at the Zirbel Funeral Home, 115 Williams St. Groton.  Funeral services will be held on Saturday, May 11, 2019 at 10:00 AM at the Groton Assembly of God Church, 701 S Main St, Groton, NY with Pastor Sam Neno officiating.  Contributions in lieu of flowers may be made to the Groton Fire Department Building Fund or the Groton Fire Department Memorial Fund at P.O. Box 96, Groton, NY 13073.
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  • Visitation

    Friday, May 10th, 2019 | 6:00pm - 8:00pm
    Friday, May 10th, 2019 6:00pm - 8:00pm
    Zirbel Funeral Home
    115 Williams St.
    GROTON, NY 13073
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  • Service

    Saturday, May 11th, 2019 | 10:00am
    Saturday, May 11th, 2019 10:00am
    Groton Assembly of God Church
    701 South Main Street
    GROTON, NY 13073
    Get Directions: View Map | Text | Email
    Pastor Sam Neno
  • Interment

    Saturday, May 11th, 2019 |
    Saturday, May 11th, 2019
    Groton Rural Cemetery
    Clark Street
    GROTON, NY 13073
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Private Condolence

Patricia Curran

Posted at 07:42pm
I was MG Coordinator when Don took Master Gardener training several years ago at Tompkins County Cooperative Extension. He was a pleasure to work with, just a really nice man who enjoyed volunteering and helping out with the garden projects. His family and friends will all miss him very much.

Karin and Penn

Posted at 10:36am
Karin und Penn
We got to know Don when he and Peg were visiting David in Munich during his university time. Don loved to collect beer bottle labels for a collage and we helped him to get enough. When we were visiting the Palmers in Groton, we learned to appreciate his gardening, as he served us lots of barbecued corn cobs. What a nice memory.

Barbara Kersten

Posted at 10:19am

We are former classmates of Don and remember him as a caring and friendly person. Our deepest sympathy to his family and friends.
Barb and Bill Kersten

Sue Mandrino

Posted at 06:58am
Don was a wonderful person. Very much enjoyed my years of working with him at the Groton Fire Department. He will be greatly missed by all.

Richard Szarowicz

Posted at 04:13pm
A kinder gentler gentleman was he. While Peg and family will mourn this loss, heaven has gained a gentlemen angel who will most certainly watch over all of us. Donald say hello to all the other angels!

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