Wayne Michael Palmer
February 10, 1942 – December 9, 2018
Wayne Michael Palmer, 76, of Keene, NH., lost his brave battle with cancer on December 9, 2018 at Cheshire Medical Center, surrounded by his family.
He was born February 10, 1942 in Chicago, Illinois to Alice Ann Szadziewicz and Michael Jack Palmer.
When Wayne's father passed at a young age, his mother moved him and his younger brother William to Marlborough, NH to be near immediate family and to raise the boys in a rural setting.
At a young age, Wayne helped his mother with the family business, "Mom's", a diner on Main Street, in Marlborough. He and his brother would leave the house early in the morning with their beloved dog, Sheba, to fish and hunt all day.
He graduated from Marlborough High School. He married Romaine Lavoie (of Worcester, MA) and they had two daughters: Deborah Ann and Michelle Lynn. He was in the Army National Guard in preparation for the Vietnam War. Before he could be deployed, the war ended. He then took on the position of manager for the various locations of the state liquor stores in Keene.
He was an avid fisherman and hunter. His passion was being outdoors as he was most at home in the woods. His favorite vacation for fishing was at Popham Beach in Phippsburg, ME. He enjoyed this yearly sojourn in the late summers with his long time companion, Sandra Bleau.
He was well known in his West Keene neighborhood as he walked nearly everyday, stopping to chat with various neighbors and friends. If he wasn't walking in the neighborhood, he was hiking and discovering old settlement ruins with his good friend, Deb McLay.
In later years, Wayne enjoyed teaching his grandson, Kellar Callenberg and his friends, to fish and play baseball. He was always on the sidelines at the ball fields, cheering Kellar on.
He is survived by his brother, William (Billy) Palmer of Chesham, NH; daughter, Debbie Callenberg and her son, Kellar; daughter, Michelle Barrett, her husband Charles and their two children, Jack and Max of Harwichport, MA.
Per Wayne's request, no services will be held.
Donations may be made to State of New Hampshire Fish and Game Department, ATTN: Business Division, 11 Hazen Drive, Concord, NH 03301 or the New Hampshire Society of Forest Preservation, 54 Portsmouth Street, Concord, NH 03301 in his memory.
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