Robert Palmer

Celebration of Life in Spring 2023

A Celebration and Remembrance of his life will be held in the Spring of 2023.

Donations, in lieu of flowers

If you are able, please make donations to: The Myelodysplastic Syndromes Foundation ( in his name.

Obituary of Robert Alan Palmer

EARLTON, NY – It is with much sadness that we share the news of the sudden passing of Robert Alan Palmer. He died peacefully on Saturday morning, November 26, 2022, at the age of 78 at the Hospice Inn at St. Peter’s Hospital in Albany. Robert was the devoted husband of Sandra Palmer for 54 years. He was the son of Alberta and Robert Palmer, born in Leeds N.Y. In addition to his wife, he leaves behind a daughter, Carlene Palmer-Palmateer (Rich) and grandsons: Paul, Andrew, Nick Chiesa, and Shane Palmateer. He has four great granddaughters, Lilith, Isobel, Ethel, and Emerson. He also leaves behind a son, Alan Palmer (Maria) and grandchildren: Genevieve Palmer, Melissa (Anthony), Christopher (Kathlyn) and Sean (Danielle) Tilley, great grandchildren: Anthony, Estella, Harper, and Ada. He has a sister Nancy (Howard) Modlin and a brother and sister-in-law who predeceased him, Henry, and Jane Palmer. Other sisters-in-law include Denise Grempel, Patricia DeSanto and Ronnie Ardiere. Robert was predeceased by brothers-in-law, Matt Ardiere, Glen DeSanto and William Grempel. He has many nieces and nephews he loved. It would be remiss not to mention the many friends he collected throughout his life from high school to his current neighbors, all of whose friendship he valued and company he greatly enjoyed. Bob was a man with many talents and interests. After he served in the Navy, he settled in New Jersey. This is where he started his life with Sandy. During this time, he worked as a machinist in both manufacturing and sales including owning his own shop both in New Jersey and when he moved the family to Earlton, NY. Related to that he was a member of the Society of Manufacturing Engineers. He was generous with his time serving as a volunteer fireman while living in New Jersey and as a member of the fish and game club in Earlton. He was always available to lend a hand to anyone that needed it whether they be family, friends, neighbors, colleagues or strangers. The talent he may most be remembered for was his gift for storytelling and the personality trait, his ability to enjoy life. In the days just before his death, he was heard to offer comfort to someone at his bedside saying, “It's okay. I had fun.” If you are able, please make donations to The Myelodysplastic Syndromes Foundation ( in his name. Cremation has taken place through the care of Simple Choices, Inc. A Celebration and Remembrance of his life will be held in the Spring of 2023. Fond Memories and Expressions of Sympathy may be shared with the Palmer Family, online at:
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