William H. Palmer, 3rd
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AGE: 68 • Avon-by-the-Sea
William H. Palmer 3rd of Avon passed away on Wednesday, April 16, 2014 at Jersey Shore University Hospital. He was 68 years old. Mr. Palmer was born, raised and lived in Avon his entire life. A 1964 graduate of Asbury Park High School, he was a member of Local Union 400 IBEW for 35 years before retiring in 2002. Mr. Palmer was a dedicated member of the Avon-by-the Sea Fire Department serving from 1967 to the present. He was a life member, chief of the department in 1978 presiding over the Avon Inn fire, held a second term as chief in 1984, was the Financial Secretary for 23 years, President of the Relief Association for 26 years and member of the Exempt Association. He was also a member of the Avon First Aid Squad serving as Captain in 1972. Mr. Palmer was an avid fisherman and enjoyed being in the outdoors with his family. He freely gave his time and talent to neighbors, friends and family to help with construction projects. A life-long member of Avon United Methodist Church, he was a member of the Board of Trustees and helped maintain the church facilities.
He is survived by his wife of 46 years, Elizabeth (Betsy) Palmer; his daughter, Kimberley Palmer Downs and her husband John; his daughter, Dawn Palmer Hector and her husband Bill; and three grandchildren, John (Jack) Downs, Jr., Erin Hector and Kylee Hector who lovingly called him "Pop-Pop."
The funeral service will take place on Saturday, April 19, 2014, 10:00 am at Johnson-McGinley Funeral Home, 2652 Highway 138, Wall, NJ 07719. Visitation will be held from 2 - 4pm and 6 - 8pm on Friday, April 18 with a Fireman's Service at 7:30pm. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Bradley Food Pantry, 605 4th Ave., Bradley Beach, NJ 07720.
Johnson-McGinley Funeral Home
2652 HWY 138 Wall, NJ 07719
Published in Asbury Park Press on Apr. 17, 2014