Gilbert Field Palmer, III

October 10, 1927 - May 31, 2008
Gilbert Field Palmer, III

Gilbert Field Palmer III, 80, died Saturday May 31, 2008 at New Hanover Regional Medical Center in Wilmington, North Carolina, surrounded by his wife and children.

He was born October 10, 1927 in Milford, Massachusetts. He was the son The Reverends Ralph and Mildred Palmer who preceded him in death. He is survived by his wife, Mary Lou Riggs Palmer, and his children, Steve (Mindy) Palmer, Missoula, Montana; Sarah (Jack) Coombs, Fernandina Beach, Florida; William “Buff” (Mary John) Palmer, Charleston, South Carolina; and Gilbert “Gib” (Robin) Palmer, M.D., Clinton, North Carolina; and six grandchildren, Jake, Emma, Leah, Field, Gracin and Dylan. He is predeceased by his brother, Russell Palmer, brothers-in-law, Bob Schmidt and Red Hill, sister-in-law Joanne Riggs; and survived by two sisters, Naomi “Sweetie” Schmidt, California; and Jane (Charles) Harrington, Massachusetts; sister-in-law Elsie Palmer, of Maine, his brother-in-law, William “Bill” Riggs, Missouri; many nieces and nephews; and, a host of friends.

He was raised in Boston, Massachusetts, and graduated from William Jewell College, Liberty, Missouri, with a degree in Foreign Languages. He spent most of his career in international business with Ralston Purina of St. Louis, Missouri and Central Soya of Fort Wayne, Indiana. During his career, he traveled the world, and he and his family lived in St. Louis, Minneapolis, Venezuela, Miami, Memphis, Puerto Rico and Fort Wayne, Indiana. He and his wife spent the past six years in Wilmington, North Carolina. In his retirement, he also owned a cross-stitch store, drove a school bus, and worked as a Security Guard.

He was known for his undying love of the Boston Red Sox, his humor, and his love for his family and friends. His family would like to express appreciation for the care he received from his doctors, and the New Hanover ICU staff.

Donations may be made in his memory to the American Lung Association, 61 Broadway, New York City, NY 10006. Donate “here”

A private memorial service will be held to celebrate his life.

Condolences may be sent to

Wilmington Burial and Cremation Service 1535 S. 41st Street Wilmington, NC 28403. 910.791.9099

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  • June 11, 2008
    Elena & Benito Krawczyk says:
    Palmer Family...Our thoughts are with you during this difficult time. We have fond memories of Gil. I especially have so many wonderful memories which span so many years starting in Maracay. His sense of humor and his smile will always be at the forefront of our memories of him. He was wonderfully witty and he always made us laugh. Here is to Gil and all the joy he brought to all of us. Always in our thoughts, Elena and Benito

  • June 11, 2008
    Jane Stewart says:
    Gil, you are still so alive for me and for Tim and Holly. You always made me laugh even as you would, sometimes! get me thinking. I was privileged to count you as a friend and I will miss you.

  • June 21, 2008
    Mindy Palmer says:
    "When the sun goes down below the horizon he is not set; the heavens glow for a full hour after his departure. And when a great and good man sets, the sky of his world is luminous long after he is out of sight. Such a man cannot die out of this world. When he goes he leaves behind him much of himself. Being dead he speaks." Beecher UYF Mindy

  • June 11, 2008
    Nancy Way says:
    Gib will be missed very, very much by so many people who enjoyed his company. We should all have just half his sense of humor! Loving thoughts to his family he so deeply loved.

  • June 12, 2008
    Heidi Pritchard says:
    Mary Lou, What a wonferful man Gil was. His sense of humor, like no other I have ever met. I know you are comforted by knowing he is in a better place. We plan on bringing Gable, (if that is okay with you) to the service. If you need anything at all, please let me know. My thoughts and prayers are with you.