Leonard R. Palmer

Leonard R. “Lenny” Palmer, 89, of Keene, passed away peacefully at his home with his son at his side, on Friday, April 26, 2019.

His parents, Earl and Julia (Reed) Palmer, welcomed their eldest son into the world on May 16, 1929, in New Bedford, Mass. Leonard grew up in New Bedford attending local schools and was a 1948 graduate of New Bedford Vocational High School.

In 1943, he met his future wife Virginia “Vickie” Clay while both were working for Penobscot Native Americans at a circus. He married his high school sweetheart on Feb. 4, 1950. Lenny always referred to his wife as “his bride.”

Leonard served his country as a corporal in the U.S. Army during the Korean War. After his discharge from the Army, he resided with his wife in Mystic, Conn., where he worked for 35 years as a radiographer with Electric Boat Company in Groton, Conn., builders of nuclear submarines. After his retirement, Lenny and Ginny (as “Vickie” was known after high school) settled in Keene in 1998.

Lenny was an accomplished carpenter and furniture maker. He was a 56-year member of the Freemasons. He also was a member of the American Legion Keene Post 4 in Keene, and a founding member of Quiambaug Volunteer Fire Company in Stonington, Conn.

He will be greatly missed by many, especially his son Todd; many nieces, nephews and extended family members in Connecticut, Massachusetts and North Carolina. He was predeceased by his wife of 64 years, Virginia “Ginny” (Clay) Palmer in 2014; two brothers, Gordon Palmer and Robert Palmer; and his sister, Jean Ouellette. He will also be dearly missed by those whose life he touched as a colleague, mentor and friend. His kindness, patience and humor will be missed by all.

A memorial service and celebration of the lives of Leonard and Virginia Palmer will be held a date and time to be announced.

Donations may be made in Mr. Palmer’s memory to the Shriners Hospital for Children, 12502 Usf Pine Drive, Tampa, FL 33612; or the Masonicare Main Campus, 22 Masonic Ave., Wallingford, CT 06492, as he has requested.

The Foley Funeral Home of Keene is assisting the family with the arrangements. To offer online condolences to the family or to share special memories, please visit www.foleyfuneralhome.com.