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 06, 2008
    Richard Popp says:
    My condolences to MaryLou and the all the Family...Gil was a Good Man and a Good Friend!

  • June 08, 2008
    Buff says:
    Dad, I miss you every day. The man, friend, husband and father that I am today is because of what you and mom taught us. Your life will continue in all of us through your humor, stories and love. A day will not go by that I won’t think of you and our family and all the world class good times! What a great life you gave us! Thanks dad, I miss you and love you.

  • June 08, 2008
    Philip Diorio says:
    God Bless.

  • June 08, 2008
    Sue Henry says:
    Mary Lou and family, Please accept my heartfelf sympathy upon the loss of Gil. I have added you to the prayer list at our church as well as to my personal prayer list. It has been so long since I've seen you, Mary Lou, but you have and will always be a very important part of my life, my friend! Later, when you have a change to email or write, please do. I would love to have your address and be able to "talk" with you via mail, etc. My address is 3050 Shawnee Trail, New Haven, IN 46774. Again, Mary Lou, please accept my sympathy and prayers. The Lord bless you and give you His peace! Love, Sue Henry