1941 – 2014
It is with heavy hearts that we announce the passing of Clare Palmer on September 19, 2014. Clare passed peacefully at home with his family by his side. Born Richard Clare Palmer, on October 2, 1941 he was the eldest son of Walter and Naida Palmer. He leaves behind his beloved wife Patti and their four daughters (and families); Kimberly (Ed) Yee of Seattle, Washington and their three children Palmer, Elizabeth (Libby) and Owen; Lori (Russell) Stocks, of Nelson and their two boys Austin and Brady; Diana (Rene) Siguenza of Ottawa and their son Atticus; and Rebecca Friedberg of Philadelphia. He also leaves behind a stepmother Bea of Nelson, his brother Alan of Blind Bay, and his sister Kathy (Bill) Wolsleger of Spruce Grove, Alberta as well as numerous aunts, uncles, nephews, nieces and cousins. He is preceded by his parents, infant twin sisters, niece and sister in-law.
Clare was born and raised in Nelson. He was a prominent business member of the Nelson community as the owner of West Transfer Moving and Storage (affiliated with Allied Van Lines) and Truck Terminus. He devoted much of his time to the Rotary Club of Nelson and proudly played a role in the Rotary Club’s development of Lakeside Park. As an avid sportsman, he loved Nelson and all it had to offer – the outdoors, the Launch Club, the Rod and Gun Club, Whitewater Ski Hill, Curling Club, the Kinsmen Club, the Nelson and Silver City (Trail) Trap Shooting Clubs and the Nelson Golf Club. He made many lifelong friends through these organizations.
He was well travelled but always thought of Nelson as home. He loved the Nelson Leafs, Kootenay Lake, his wharf, and the snow; but his greatest love was his family. He adored his wife, daughters and his grandchildren.
During his retirement years he could often be seen at the Nelson Aquatic Center, grocery shopping (a favorite past time), having coffee with his buddies, ATVing with Sadie (the family dog) and enjoying everything that Nelson has to offer. His last few months were spent enjoying our beautiful summer at his wharf surrounded by family and friends. He said that this time was a blessing; he was able to visit with great friends and family. He was blessed – he lived a wonderful and complete life. We welcome his friends and family to help celebrate his life at the Prestige Lakeside Resort on Sunday, October 5 from 1-3, 701 Lakeside Drive, Nelson. In lieu of flowers, please donate to the Nelson Humane Society and/or the Nelson Rod and Gun Club.
The family extends their gratitude to Dr. Kristen, Dr. Malpass and the 3rd floor nurses of the Kootenay Hospital.
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Funeral arrangements are under the direction of Thompson Funeral Service Ltd.