PALMER, Ralph – Of Shedden, passed away at Caressant Care on Bonnie Place, St. Thomas on Tuesday, March 28, 2017, in his 88th year.  Beloved husband for 64 years to Jean (nee Chamberlain) Palmer.  Dearly loved father of Brenda Silcox (Murray), Leonard Palmer (Pat), Peggy Lehrbass (Ian), and Murray Palmer (Ineke).  Cherished and respected grandfather of Joshua Silcox (Monique), Janine Leo (Brian), Jerry Silcox, Kelly Ward (Joe), Christopher Palmer (Kathryn), Michael Palmer (Jen), Erin Attridge (Sean), Tim Lehrbass (Tina), Andrew Palmer, and Braydon Palmer.  He was proud of his 16 great grandchildren, Cole, Ethan, Kayla, Wesley, Hudson, Ryan, Brett, Travis, Maeve, Emmett, Nora, Russell, Charlie, Max, Flynn, and Rory.  Dear brother-in-law of Dorothy Palmer, Jean Palmer, and Kay Chamberlain.  Also fondly remembered by many nieces and nephews and their families.  Ralph was the last surviving member of his own immediate family, having been predeceased by brothers, Clarence (1994), Douglas (2003), and Dr. Eric Palmer (1996).  Born in St. Thomas, ON, October 8, 1929, he was the son of the late Leonard and Ruth (nee Mann) Palmer.  Ralph lived his whole life in Shedden, a village he loved.  He was very community minded and supported it in any way he could.  Along with his family, he formerly operated Palmer’s Red & White Supermarket, which was in the Palmer family hands for 87 years.  Ralph was a member of the Iona Station Baptist Church, having served as deacon and treasurer for over 50 years.  A member of the Southwold Township Volunteer Fire Department for 41 years, he acted as treasurer for many years and was the ‘lunch provider extraordinaire.’ Ralph was the secretary/treasurer of the Shedden Cemetery for over 50 years, formerly acted as a trustee for the Village of Shedden, and was one of the founding members of the Rosy Rhubarb Committee.  In his younger years, he played football for the St. Thomas Yellow Jackets, and was proud of his championship ring won in 1951.  Relatives and friends will be received by the family at the SIFTON FUNERAL HOME, 118 Wellington St., St. Thomas (519-631-1160) on Friday, March 31st from 2-4 & 7-9 p.m.  The funeral service will be held at the Southwold Keystone Complex, 35921 Talbot Line, Shedden on Saturday, April 1st at 11:00 a.m.  Interment will be made privately in Shedden Cemetery.  Memorial donations to the Canadian Diabetes Association, Canadian Baptist Ministries (Missions), or the Southwold Twp. Library, Shedden will be gratefully acknowledged.

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