Welcome to the memorial page for

Richard Leon Palmer

July 24, 1935 ~ August 3, 2017 (age 82)

Richard Leon Palmer, 82, of Pepperell, MA, died peacefully on Wednesday, August 3, 2017 at the Highlands Skilled Rehabilitation Center surrounded by family. Richard (Dick) was born on July 24, 1935 at the Old Groton Hospital. He was the son of Theodore and Lillian (Callum) Palmer of Pepperell, MA. Richard is survived by his wife, Jeanne E. Richardson Palmer, his sister, Phyllis Symonds of Rindge, NH, his daughter, Susan Palmer-West of Pepperell, MA and her husband, Paul, his step-daughter, Donna Shaughnessy and her husband, Mark, of Tiverton,

RI, and Denise Richardson-Foresman of Winchendon, MA. He has 8 grandchildren, Jessi

Straitiff, Rachel Straitiff, Sarah Shaughnessy Bird, Amy Shaughnessy, Abby Shaughnessy Capalbo, Joseph Shaughnessy, Derek Foresman, and Delaney Foresman. He also has 2 greatgrandchildren, Ryder and Hudson Bird. Richard is also survived by numerous nieces and nephews.

Richard was a graduate of Fitchburg High School, Fitchburg, MA and a veteran of the US Army where he served in Korea in the Peace Keeping Force and during the Quarantine of Cuba after which he received an honorable discharge. He had his own business, DJ Enterprises, worked at Fort Devens as the “Materiel and Logistics Maintenance Manager” for 15 years, and various other businesses prior including owning his own snowmobile business. In addition, Richard was an active community member, an honorary Golden Sheaf Grange member, and a member of the Pepperell 4th of July Committee (1991-2000) where he served as President for several years.

One of Richard’s greatest enjoyments was traveling all over the United States, snowmobiling, and being with his family and friends. He was always willing to lend a helping hand to anyone in need with a smile on his face as he was a humble and kind man who will be dearly missed.


Charitable donations may be made to:

Friends of the Lawrence Library
PO Box 30, Pepperell MA 01463

 Service Information

The Family will be receiving relatives and friends
August 8, 2017

5:00 PM to 8:00 PM
McGaffigan Funeral Home
37 Main Street
Pepperell, MA 01463

Funeral Service
August 9, 2017

10:00 AM
McGaffigan Funeral Home
37 Main Street
Pepperell, MA 01463

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