Glenn Alan Palmer (1947—2017)

FORT KENT, Maine — Glenn Alan Palmer, 70, best friend and loving husband of Suzanne (Waldron) Palmer, passed away quietly on December 29, 2017, in Fort Kent.

Glenn was born in Hartford, CT, on November 5, 1947. He was raised on Waters Avenue in Rocky Hill as the eldest of nine children in a loving, faithful family. As a young person he loved goofing around with his many siblings, driving his hard-earned first car, a 1964 GTO, and playing his athletic heart out in a highly accomplished high school baseball career. He graduated Rocky Hill High School, Class of 1965. Following graduation, Glenn married Suzanne, and served in the US Navy as a Communications Technician (R Brancher), stationed in Kama Seya, Japan. After serving his country, Glenn and Sue began a family, welcoming two precious daughters into the world and settling in Hebron, CT, to raise their children.

Professionally, Glenn was a sought-after craftsman in the trade of painting and paper hanging, apprenticing under his skilled father as a teen before venturing off on his own in adulthood. For more than five decades Glenn wielded a paintbrush with enviable precision and speed. A proud lifetime union member, Glenn valued the support and advocacy he and his co-workers received from the International Brotherhood of Painters, Local #481 in Hartford, CT.

During his young parenting years Glenn enjoyed the opportunity to coach his daughter’s softball team, sharing his love of baseball with his children and their friends, just as his father did for him. He coached the team for several years, maintaining a historic undefeated record for the length of his tenure. He was known as a quiet coach, never shouting from the sidelines, and his players were always having fun. When asked how his team could be so good, repeatedly winning while he quietly coached from the bench, Glenn replied, “My players work hard during practice, game time is for putting what we’ve learned into action and having fun.”

As an avid outdoorsman, Glenn carried on his ancestral traditions of hunting, fishing, and boating throughout his life. He shared his love for the outdoors by volunteering his time teaching hunter-safety and conservation courses throughout Connecticut. In retirement he returned to his family’s roots, making his home on beautiful Eagle Lake in northern Maine, where he enjoyed unrivaled hunting, fishing, and all outdoor sports.

He is survived by Suzanne, his devoted wife of 49 years; daughter, Dawna Palmer and her partner, Erik Christian; daughter, Heather Bruggeman and her husband, Adam; his granddaughter, Emily Bruggeman; his siblings, and their spouses, Wayne and Kathy Palmer, Donna and Donald Doucette, Carol Palmer, Sheila and Michael Scalise, James and Janice Palmer, Christine Morande, Shawn and Janis Palmer, and many other family members and friends. He was predeceased by his mother, Fernande Palmer, his father, Edmund Palmer, his mother-in-law, Rose Waldron, his father-in-law, Thomas Waldron, his sister, Sandra Palmer Dagata, and his nephew, Daniel Palmer.

Glenn will be remembered as a quiet, hard-working man of integrity who always placed family first; he will be missed dearly.

Friends may call at the Lajoie-Daigle Funeral Home in Fort Kent, Maine on January 6, 2018 from 9 a.m. – 10:15 a.m. Mass of Christian burial will be celebrated at 11 a.m. on January 6, 2018, at St. Mary’s Catholic Church, Eagle Lake, Maine. Burial will be private and at the convenience of the family.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Allagash Wilderness Waterway Foundation at AWWF PO Box 1211 Bath, Maine 04530, or, St. Jude’s Medical Center at 262 Danny Thomas Place, Memphis, TN 38105.

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