Robert Palmer

Robert E. Palmer

Wednesday, May 27th, 2020
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Obituary

Robert Eugene Palmer, 56, of Westerly passed away on May 27, 2020 at Lawrence and Memorial Hospital in New London, CT.

Bob was born in Jacksonville, Florida to Roy Sr. and Maureen (Coon) Palmer. When he was born, his mother was told he would very likely not survive and to make her peace with it. Instead, she devoted her life to caring for and nurturing him. Bob underwent countless surgeries, learned to walk on his own and even learned to drive a car. He attended Chariho School, (got suspended for doing wheelies in his wheelchair down the hall), graduated with the class of 1982 and walked across the stage under his own power.

Bob defied the odds and worked various local jobs. He even took a stab at stand-up comedy (with an agent - a fact he was very proud of). There were no boundaries that Bob wouldn't challenge, and very few that he did not achieve.

Bob was known by many other names such as Bullet Bob, Bottle Ass, No Catch Grit, Crazy Fish, Newt and Carrot Top. Through all his challenges he always kept a smile on his face and a wise crack up his sleeve. He was a master of questionable jokes and snappy come backs. He was a skilled Halloween horror makeup artist, often posting his gruesome work on Facebook. He was friendly to all he met and loved by all who knew him.

He will be dearly missed by his wife Karen; his daughter Jaime Palmer; stepson Donald Sherwood; his mother Maureen Palmer; brothers, Ernest Boss, Jr, Douglas Boss and Roy Palmer, Jr.; sisters, Lenore Brearley and Lorraine Gray; as well as granddaughters, Eretria and Alivia; many nieces and nephews; and countless friends.

A Memorial Service will be planned for a later date, when all who loved him will be able to gather and remember him. Gaffney-Dolan Funeral Home, 59 Spruce St., Westerly is in care of the arrangements. For online condolences please visit www.gaffneydolanfuneralhome.com
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    WESTERLY, RI
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Rayna Reynolds

Posted at 06:24pm
My name is Rayna, I grew up with Bobby and his family, I went from grade school to high school living next door to Bobby,our favorite pastime was me hauling Bobby on my back to go collect bumperbugs(Bobs fab) To salamanders,w loved finding things under rocks and stumps.. as we got older ,Well Bob liked his lizards so much he gotta dragon (Eguana 🦎I felt what he named it .but he loved it..I have been since then in and out of Bobs life but we stayed connected when Facebook came around..we recently had been playing 2games w each other over the last few mos. Then I see he passed😞😞..now when I play I still see his face..makes me feel like he’s still here w me...Moreen,I will forever cherish the memories y’all have given me over the years.. 🙏🏻❤️‼️‼️Can’t wait for all this crap is over so we can all be together again and reminisce!! I love you all.Peace and hugs to ya all..Karen my heart go out to you honey ❤️❤️❤️❤️🙏🏻🙏🏻🙏🏻And yours
JR

Jerry and Gail Ring

Posted at 07:12am
May this memorial tree grow strong to honor Bobs memory. Sincerest condolences to the family and all who knew and loved him.
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Dan Lapointe

Posted at 07:27am
Bobby: Your memory will always bring a smile to us . We always loved being with you , you were a light in a room where-ever you were. Our prayers and wishes of comfort to your family during this time of sorrow. The Lord knew you would be an inspiration to all you met and you left a lasting memory that will bring a smile of love remembered.
Dan & Val Lapointe
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Mark texter

Posted at 07:29pm
I remember bob. He lived across the street from my family in Bradford. I've known him 46 years. He was a great friend and a true believer in his LORD JESUS. I will miss his funny jokes and horror pictures. Give Jesus a hug for me Bob.. we will see each other again.✝️
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Sue green lamphiere

Posted at 03:01pm
My deepest condolences to the entire family! I know Bob from way back! What fun times we had in school! He always had a smile or a joke to tell! But whenever you needed a friend, he was the first one there! I remember him raising his wheelchair up and down the hallways and doing all kinds of somersaults in comments in his wheelchair and with his crutches! You just could not keep him down! He will always remain in my memories and in my heart! RIP my friend!
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