I am so sad to hear about Dr. Palmers death. I just started reading his books about 3 months ago and am happy to have found his books. I was at Barnes and Noble and saw second opinon and bought it and started reading it and could not put it down. I am so happy to have started reading again after 30 plus years of not. I totally love the way he wrote and have 9 of his books and will be getting the rest very soon!
I am a big fan. Although I never had the privilege of meeting him, he did respond to an e-mail I sent him several years ago. I was blown away. I have read and have all his books. I am a mental health nurse so it's no surprise I loved his books. I guess my absolute favorite was "The Sisterhood." My condolences to his family. I will miss new books by him but I can and will re-read the ones I have.
I AM READING 'FATAL'. ITS MY 1ST BOOK. IT'S PRETTY GOOD. I AM ALREADY LOOKING FORWARD TO READING MORE OF HIS WORKS. HE WAS VERY TALENTED. SORRY. HE WLL BE MISSED BY ALL WHO KNEW HIM. ANNIE
Heart felt thoughts to Michael's family. May the heavenly creator watch over and guide your soul. He never lost his patience with me and his words of encouragement four decades later was life changing. Michael, Thank you for making this world brighter.
My connection and friendship with Michael Palmer dates back twenty years ... to when my family members were injured in a boating explosion at the Charles River Yacht Club. My grandmother spent six months at Mass Massachusetts General Hospital recovering from her injuries. I was living in Beacon Hill and working down town as a paralegal at the time. I visited my grandmother every morning before work, during every lunch hour, and again every night. I did this because I wanted to be by her side, and also, because she refused to eat unless I was present. Because she would dose off quite a bit during our visits, I often brought a book along to keep myself occupied. On a day when I had either finished a book or forgotten the one I was reading at the time, I visited the hospital's lobby shop in search of a new one. 'Extreme Measures' jumped out at me. Was it the title ... the cover ... the description? I thought mostly the genre. I began reading 'Extreme Measures' in my grandmother's room while she slept, until one day when she suprised me. I paused at the end of a chapter and the woman who I believed was sleeping said "Don't stop there; keep reading." This meant two things; Grandma had ecome a Michael Palmer fan; and, most importantly, she was getting better. After 'Extreme Measures', Grandma sent me on a mission ... to find all other books written by Michael. My journey began in the same lobby store where Michael just happened to be signing books at the time. The line was long and Grandma was waiting, so I slipped inside the store. There, I found no more books ... they were all out front at Michael's table. Knowing Grandma would soon have lunch, I headed back to her room. As I was leaving the hospital to return to work, a gigantic man approached me. It was Michael. He asked me what I thought of the crowd which had formed for the signing. I told him how impressed I was and how sorry I was that I couldn't stay. I explained my situation and told Michael I needed to hurry back to work. He was pleased to hear about Grandma being a fan and, before I scurried off, he offered to sign the copy of 'Extreme Measures' I had in my bag. "What is your grandmother's name?" he asked. After Michael addressed the book to my grandmother, I thanked him and raced back to work. I could not wait to tell Grandma over a luke warm hospital dinner that evening that I had met the author of the book; that he had even signed the book. When I arrived at the hospital that night and entered Grandma's room, I realized she had company. That company was actually feeding her dinner. That company was Michael.
Imagine; such a busy man taking the time to stay in town an extra few hours to visit someone he had never before met. Imagine; a large stranger getting my grandmother to eat for him. Imagine; this same person bringing signed copies of books he had written at the time to my grandmother. Imagine; this man who didn't live nearby ultimately visiting my grandmother on a regular basis and becoming involved in her complex medical issues. Imagine; this man staying the course until Grandma's discharge, and visiting her at her home or calling as often as he could, for the next seven years, until she died. At that time, I realized it was fate which caused me to pick up 'Extreme Measures' that day in the lobby shop. It brought Michael into our lives. He greatly enhanced the quality of my grandmother's remaining time here, on earth. Michael remained a close and loyal friend to me, and a mentor in my own writing until the end.
I'm sure you all CAN imagine these random acts of kindness having occurred ... because we are, after all, talking about Michael.
I am shocked and saddened by Michael's timely death. I will always remember and cherish memories of that dinner with Michael in CT when the idea for FATAL hatched out of the first conference relating vaccines to developmental delays. Thank you for helping educate the public on possible vaccine dangers. Thank you being the father my brother never had in Cincinnati so many years ago. Thank you for welcoming me and my daughter into your home. I look forward to being scared to death one more time when your last book comes out posthumously. And I am so happy that your writing tradition is being carried into the next generation. My heartfelt condolences to your huge extended family, especially to Luke. Your Dad was SO proud of the man you have become.
I met Michael Palmer in 1987 when I was a rookie Falmouth Police officer. We struck up a conversation after he treated an accident victim I was at the emergency room to interview. Dr. Palmer was easy to talk to and was interested in my job. We became fast friends. Working midnight shifts were pretty quiet back then and I would drop in with fresh patries to chat with Michael and his ER staff. When he was writing Extreme Measures he asked my permission to use my name and profession in his book. I was flattered by the gesture and could not wait until the book was released. Dr. Palmer was a wonderful person and I was honored to have known him. He touched my life and I will miss him dearly.
My deepest sympathies to the family. I am a huge fan, have read all his books and have met him several times. I will miss his books tremendously.
Many fond memories of Mike from our high school days. We were last together at our 50th Longmeadow High School reuninion. Used to see him at high holidays at Sinai Temple when his folks were alive. Always a big greeting. He will be missed by so many.
Mike and Nancy Canter
My deepest sympathy to the Palmer family. I have read all his books and have seen him many times when he spoke at Swampscott Library.
He will be missed.
Miss YOU. Always & Forever?. Brenda
I am a nurse and a fan. Dr. Palmer and I talked about our views on childhood immunizations. Such a caring man. I will miss him.
My condolences to Matthew, Daniel, and Luke....and the entire Palmer Ohana....he will be dearly missed.
I never Michael , but I read all his books. I had emailed him a couple of times & he talked about Australia & Chritmas last year he sent me a signed book plate.I will cherish always. RIP Michael.
Dear Luke and family. I met your dad while working with Nicole at the Middle School in Swampscott. He was a warm and friendly man. One day we were at the house in Swampscott and Luke was about 4 and my son about 6. The boys were playing in the pool and Michael came out to play with the boys and named one of the characters in the book he was writing after my son, Joe Leone. He also helped my husband through a difficult time with alcohol addiction. My sincere sympathy to all of you. He truly was a good man and father.
I was fortunate to have read all of his books and 'spoke' with him on line- my deepest sympathies to his family & friends. He was a terrific author and will be missed
Michael Palmer was my parents' physician here in Falmouth, and both thought the world of him. I had the great fortune of meeting Dr. Mike years ago, and know why my mother spoke so admiringly of him even as she was in her nineties. All those things in the obituary about Dr. Mike's ethos are an absolutely accurate summary of what he was all about. My family and I extend our condolences to Dr. Palmer's family.
To Michael's family,
My deepest sympathy to all. Ever since I first met Michael and he realized we shared a name and a love of medical mysteries, I felt a closeness, from his greeting me with "I recognize you but the. name escapes me" or introducing me to the family and friends at his book launches as "my friend, Michael Palmer".
He will be missed.
Michael was a dear friend who i will miss so much. First met in falmouth ER, kept in touch over the years. He gave so much to everyone around him. He loved his sons so very much, and was so proud of them.
He was always willing to help me find interesting people to do short docmentary videos about, but when it came to asking him....oh no...."i have to stay right sized". So no "mikey" films!
We would meet from time to time, discuss our children, and life. I will miss that, and Michaels love of life. He was a great man.
Luke and the family
I am Pat Moore I work at the Swampscott Middle School and knew your dad.
What a wonderful person and I am glad to have known him.
Love to all Pat Moore
I am sorry for your loss. Please find peace and comfort in knowing God cares for you and will help you in your time of need. At 1 Pet. 5:7, He invites you to "throw all your anxiety upon Him." Continue to rely on Him for strength during this difficult time.
The world has lost a real hero, and we are all so deep in grief. But Michael's loss is felt so deeply because his life was lived so fully.
To me, he was a friend, mentor and inspiration. I was always in awe of his work ethic. When he wrote, he was all in, focusing for hours and hours without distraction. And yet, he often ended his emails with something like "back to work ... unless you need me." And that was even more of an inspiration. His heart was enormous.
I think I'll miss him every day. My deepest condolences to his family and loved ones. We were all so lucky to have known him.
To the entire Palmer family:
I wish I had half the skill that Michael had so I could put into words the feelings of sadness at this great loss, and joy of being blessed with such a great friend as Michael. He really loved the game of bridge, and this was the way we met. Over the years we became close friends. He always was so proud of Luke taking up writing! Several years ago, when I told him I was headed to Brazil on business for Gillette, he provided me with 5 copies of different books he had written that had been translated into Portuguese and he signed each book for me. On a personal note, he and Dick Dugas were over the top helpful recently in a time of great need which is something for which I will be forever grateful. I thought the obituary I read in the Boston Globe did a great job of capturing the goodness that this man personified.
I will miss him greatly.
Mark "the Shark" Aquino
Dear Palmer family,
I am so saddened by your loss.
Michael came to my ER to work a thousand years ago (it seems). I was brand new to Emergency Medicine, and he was brand new to the job. He was a brilliant physician and a wonderful teacher.He taught me more about Emergency medicine than I thought I could ever know. He was a compassionate, giving, loving man who gave EVERY ounce of knowledge he possessed to EVERY patient he saw, in order to assure that they received the best care he could possible provide. He was greatly respected in that arena.
In those days he was writing The Sisterhood, and he would bring that work with him to peruse and perhaps "buff up" a bit during some of the few quiet moments we had during the night shift. He shared some of the book and some of his misgivings about parts of that book with me.When I finally read the book in its entirety, I remembered those shared remarks, and it made the book even more enjoyable. I loved that book and every book since!
He was never taken with himself, others always came first, and all of us heard a lot about Matthew and Daniel (Luke had not come along yet). His family was his greatest treasure and a great source of pride.
l happened to see him not too long ago at MGH, and though I had not seen him in a very long time, the minute we began to speak it was as if the years just melted away. He had such a genuineness about him that truly made him special.
He had many accomplishments in his life, but his loving caring, honest spirit made those accomplishments even more special.
I will truly miss this soft-hearted, gentle man with the fierce core that never gave up..on anything or anyone....
My heartfelt sympathies to all of you.
Dear Family Of Michael.
My father, Dr. Bob Smith of Manchester, CT was a significant player in Michael's life. The Smith Familiy sends prayers and condolences to familiy and friends.We have fond memories of Michael. As my dad always said, "God Bless and Keep the Faith". Michael will be missed. Sally E. Smith,St. Petersburg , FL (formerly of Manchester, CT)
We are sorry for your loss. My mother worked with Dr Palmer in Falmouth MA and remembers him fondly.
Dear Family, I am so sorry for your (and our) loss. You may have heard stories from him about our wonderful trip together from Connecticut to San Diego (Marc Lappe's uncle's house) in a 1946 Dodge pickup "camper" in 1963. Very good memories for me. Again, my deep sympathy. Henry Lanford
Michael, You will be sorely missed. As a member of our family, we knew how much family meant to you. Rest in peace.
As I sat in church yesterday and reflected on Michael's life, an image flashed to my mind. It was of a painting I saw many, many years ago in a little chapel in Toledo, Spain: The Buriel of the Count of Orgaz. The count lies in his shining armor with many important, powerful people gazing down at his body. But his soul is flying up to the arms of God...and it is an infant. The purity of his spirit is represented by a babe. That's how I will always think of Michael. You are in my thoughts and prayers,
Linda Hemphill (Wednesday nights)
To Michael's family. I am stunned and so sorry to hear about Michael. He was a wonderful person and a perfect gentleman. I will miss him.
His friend, Nesha Khargie
Dear Robin, and Oalmer family,
my deepest sympathies to you all. May you soon pass this painful period, to only remember the fun, joy laughter and music shared together
I remember a generous man with a sense of humor, a devoted father. And a writer with the kind of discipline and craftsmanship that we all aspire to. He will be missed.
My heart goes out to your to your family. The literary and bridge world will miss you dearly.
I can't find the words that can express my heart ache at the passing of Michael .i feel like I have lost a family member
I am deeply saddened by the sudden passing of Michael. Although I live in Toronto I knew Michael through his parents Milton and May Palmer who were so proud of him. I did communicate with Michael many times but only met him once. His extended family were also extremely proud of his accomplishments. I am sorry i never had a chance to visit the family chanukah party and as he suggested "please be prepared to bring a kugel to the chanukah party next december'.
Dear Robin, Craig, and the Palmer family - we are so sad to hear about your loss. You are in our thoughts as you go through this trying time. I'm sorry we couldn't we with you today - Jeff & Elizabeth
We are so very sorry. Luke, you know you and your whole family are in our prayers. Your dad was one of the most remarkable, and giving, people we've known. Both of you have been so supportive of our family, and especially of Peter.
A giant heart, a giant of a man. I will never forget him. My deepest sympathies to the family.
My thoughts and prayers are with Michael's family at this time. Michael was my favorite author and will cherish the bookmarks he sent me. Hugs to you from Oregon.
I met Michael 3 1/2 years ago. I was impressed by his brilliance and dedication, but more so by his humility, sincerity and generosity. He embraced me and was kind to me. I now have a Michael Palmer-shaped hole in my heart.
To the entire Palmer family and Noelle and Robin,
It is with grew sorrow that we learned of Michael's passing. He was a dear friend, a great neighbor and a generous person. There was always a warmth and inclusiveness about Michael: the neighborhood children in his swimming pool, the music, the parties in his home, the discussions about his writing. He was a person who truly understood the moral and ethical mission of doctors and this was reflected in his work with medical students' education and in his work with physicians recovering from substance abuse. Most of all we shall remember Michael's commitment to his family and his devotion and passion for Luke.
Our deepest condolences,
Dolores and Frank Emspak
I felt a bond with Mike going back to Boston City Hospital 1968-70 and deeply feel his loss. His devotion to family and to impaired physicians was extraordinary.
Im so sorry for your loss
He was very kind and had a great sense if humor
Please accept my most sincere condolences. I have learned much from your dad over the years, and whenever we 'bumped into each other' when we were out and about, we enjoyed catching up with the news in our families. Most of the conversation centered around how very proud he was of you, Luke! Please know you and your family are in my thoughts and prayers, and how much my heart and soul smile just thinking about Michael Palmer. From Debbie Leibowitz (Temple Beth El/Shirat Hayam Preschool).
Luke, Daniel, Noelle, and all the Palmer family,
We are heartbroken and deeply saddened by the loss of our dear friend Michael. We met Michael, Luke, and Noelle 18 years ago in Bethesda and became lifelong friends. Michael was always there when I needed him and our memories our happy and strong. We will always have a special place in our hearts forever for our dearest, Michael. Love and prayers to all,
Lauren and Marc
I echo the words of sorrow expressed to the family and friends of Michael Palmer. News of his sudden and untimely death brought back memories of growing up together in Springfield and sharing a friendship through college. Clearly he touched the lives of many, and may those memories bring comfort at this time of grief.
Generous, gentle, loving, interesting and, if at all possible, totally devoted to so many different things. I will miss knowing that Michael is up on his hill busy enjoying life, always with that contagious smile. My love and sympathy to Michael's dear family and to all those who loved him.
Dear Family of Michael Palmer, I was so sad to learn of Michael's sudden death, having just had the privilege of hearing him speak at our 45th CWRU Medical School Reunion. His personal sharing at our class get-together was touching. My heart goes out to you, Robin, and to all the family. May your Higher Power hold you all in His/Her/Its arms. Sincerely, Carol Krush
Michael Palmer grew up in Springfield, MA as did my brother and I. He was a special friend to my brother, Jim Landis, and remained so. I heard Michael speak at The University of Hartford where the auditorium was packed with admirers of his writing. He remembered me from childhood and gave me a warm greeting at the end of his talk.
A warm, generous, and inspiring man is gone, and so many people will mourn his loss.
Robin, Thinking of you, Craig and the Palmer family during this very sad time. I am so sorry for your loss. With my deepest sympathy, Wendy
To the Palmed family
I am deeply saddened to hear of Michaels passing. He was mine and my sister's favorite author. I won my first Kindle on twitter from him! It came with a case and a personalized note, which I have laminated. My sister and I also have the the book plates he signed for us. Where do you find an author who does that? He also talked to me about Aspergers Syndrome. I will miss him and his books very much! Today is 'all souls day " where we pray for all the soul's who have passed. Special prayers for Michael today. Know that his soul is with God now. Find comfort in Gods plan.
Much love and sympathy,
dear palmer family... we were shocked and saddened to hear of michael's sudden passing... and our hearts are breaking for each of you as you cope with this enormous loss... michael will always have a special place in our hearts and memories, as he will for so many others whose lives he touched... our prayers are with you all... beverly, emily, and dana
My heart goes out you your family your time of sorrow. Wishing the family peace to bring comfort, courage to face the days ahead and loving memories to forever hold in your hearts. May God continue to comfort you and your family. Psalms 9:9,10
My deepest condolences to the Family of Michael Palmer ...what a lost of a beautiful mind. Please take comfort in knowing that our GOD promises to put an end to our pain just as this fine physician practiced ....."And he will wipe out every tear from their eyes, and death will be no more, neither will mourning nor outcry nor pain be anymore. The former things have passed away.”
To the Palmer family,
My sorry to hear of you loss. In the near future God will bring an complete end to Death, pain, and tears.
May our Father in heaven give the family strength during this trying time. Remember that “God is greater than our hearts”. (1 John 3:20 NWT (2013)). He feels your pain & will help you through.
An unimaginable loss ... for all walks of life. My heart goes out to the Palmer Family. Keeping you all in my thoughts and prayers. May Michael be at peace ... a more deserving individual simply does not exist. I do and forever will, miss him terribly.
I am shocked of Michael's passing. He and others at Physicians' Health helped me immensely in my initial sobriety, now over 16 years long. Thank you my gratitude is endless. I do not know Michael's family but I send my sympathy. May he be with the grace of God.
So very sorry for your loss.
Dear Robin and family,
I am so sorry to hear this news. The world will be a much sadder place without Michael in it. May the light of his love for you be warm comfort during this difficult time.
sharan a carney. mystic, ct
My sincere condolences to the family, particularly Daniel, a friend and colleague (co-conspirator in the world of publishing!).
Michael Palmer was a kind and generous man and did me the great honor of sending prospective writers in my direction.
I will miss his warm generous smile.
Dear Palmer Family,
We loved Micharl very much. Please get in toch with us if you need anything.
Karen Ginsburg and family
Michael was a great author but an even better father.
5. Ben = guiding light of family and home . Guide of sacred speech and dreams. Symbol of The Way Home. Shine on dear man. You left us many treasures to live by.
Angie and Lisa....family..I am so very sorry for the loss of your Dad. Love Ya.
An amazing man who will be remembered by many he never met because of his books, some he knew professionally because of his deep understanding and willingness to help those who needed it and to some on a personal level because of the way he worked his way into your heart.
Remember to finishing watching Peter Pan :)
While best known for his novels, Dr. Palmer will always hold a special place in my memory as a mentor and friend. He took me under his wing during my first ER job in Falmouth back in 1990, and provided guidance and support during those busy summer shifts. We have lost a fine physician and friend.
Michael will be missed. He was a wonderful man, father and friend and author. Always took the time to listen and speak with people. RIP. My condolences to his family.
in God's care rest in peace
I am sorry for your loss. I hope you can find comfort in the words written at (Jeremiah 29:11,12)
our deepest sympathy to the family
a cousin from fishkill,my father was ralph green
May the God of all comfort be with you and your family doing this time of sorrow.~
Michael will be sadly missed. My deepest sympathies go to the family and especially Luke and Daniel whom Michael always revered so highly. I am honored to have met Michael and to have been called a friend by him. God Bless you Michael, we will all miss you very much.
So sorry to hear this...but I loved all his books. The literary world has lost a true genius! May God bless the family and surround them with love. Sincerely, Sonya
So sorry to hear of Mr. Palmer's death. He was one of my favorite authors.
May the God of tender mercy be with family and friends at this time( Isaiah 61:1,2)
For the Palmer Family. I am not a relative or someone that you would know; I'm simply a lover of Michael's books and this news of his passing is horrible and heartbreaking. It saddens me that there will be no more books from such a loved author. My thoughts are with his family..
May you find the Strength to face Tomorrow in the Love that Surrounds you Today...
I remember the little boy next door in longmeadow . I have read all his books and was so proud of his accomplishments. My deepest sympathy go out to Susie and Donna and all the children in this wonderful family. All my love, ray Weisser.Ray
Donna, Susan and family. I'm so sad to hear about Mike's passing. One of my favorite parts of his books are the very special and heartfelt dedications he made to all of you. I wish you peace and comfort.
Sally (Weisser) Haapanen
Our heartfelt condolences for your loss. May our Heavenly Father, the God of comfort and tender mercies be with you. With the deepest of sympathies
I am sorry for your loss. My heart goes out to your family. Find solace in the fact that our Heavenly Father knows what you are going through. He is “greater than our heart, and knoweth all things.” (1 John 3:20) Continue to rely on Him for strength during this difficult time.
I am very sorry for the loss of your loved one. The days ahead will be difficult, but in the days to come
the peace and happiness that we hope for will be fulfilled on an earth wide scale. All living then on will receive
life forever on a paradise earth with all needs cared for. Isaiah 65:17, 21~23
Luke and Daniel, We send you and your family love during this difficult time as we cherish our special memories of your dad--such an extraordinary and beautiful man. Love, The Keeners
Sam, Barr and Jessica
Loved his books, he was a kind man - I emailed him and he responded back - had a lot in common being a friend of Bill's for over 20 years A great loss. He will be missed..
My sincere condolences to the family. May the God of comfort guide you in your time of sorrow.