Robert N Palmer
1947 - 2021
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Robert N Palmer, 73, of Attleboro, passed away, peacefully at home on February 11,
2021. He was the beloved husband of Diane R (Labrie) Palmer, to whom he was married
for 18 years.
Born on November 29, 1947 in Hartford, CT he was the son of the late Lois (Tompkins)
Bob grew up in Attleboro graduating from Attleboro High School class of 1968. After
graduation he entered the army and served as a platoon sergeant with the 3 rd/187th
Airborne fighting for his country in Vietnam during the Vietnam war where he was
awarded the CIB, Bronze Star, Air Assault Medals, among others. After returning home
he joined the Attleboro Police department retiring after 34 years working as a police
officer, detective and police prosecutor.
He graduated from Bristol Community College with an Associate Degree in Criminal
Justice and continued his education at Roger Williams University.
Bob obtained a Master Captains license with the Coast Guard and with his wife Diane
enjoyed many adventures on their boat "Summer Daze" cruising from RI to Cape Cod.
His hobbies included gardening, skiing, hiking, scuba diving and martial arts. He loved
being outdoors and could always be found splitting and stacking firewood or working in
his garden where was always ready to share his knowledge and bounty with others. His
canned Hungarian yellow peppers were the best! They were delicious with cheese,
crackers and a good glass of cabernet which he enjoyed most Saturday evenings with
Diane, relaxing by his pond, on the boat or the backyard deck.
Besides his wife Diane, he leaves his son Nick Palmer (Jen) and daughter Sarah Palmer.
He was the stepfather of Jenna Grondines (Keith), Justin Whitty (Kim) and Christopher
Whitty (Brittany). He was grandfather to Benjamin, Bryce, Amelia, Evan, Emilie, Hailey,
Melanie, Casey, Makenna and Savanna and was predeceased by his grandson Conner
Grondines. He is also survived by his sister Judy Yorke (Howard), Aunt Betty Ann Bell
(Gary) and his nephew Jason (Jen).
Funeral Arrangements are entrusted to Sperry McHoul Funeral Home in North Attleboro,
A funeral Service with military honors will be held Wednesday February 17, 2021 @
11:00 AM at Saint Mary's Cemetery in Attleboro Falls MA. which is open to the public, all
family and friends are invited to attend.

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Published in Sun Chronicle on Feb. 15, 2021.
Funeral service
11:00 AM
Saint Mary's Cemetery
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February 24, 2021
To the family, I am so sorry for your loss. I knew Bob from back in the Union Station days. We all had a lot of fun back then. Gone to soon, gone to young. May God bless you all as you keep your loved one Bob forever in your hearts. Memories, thank God for memories.
Marie, AKA Cissy Payne
February 20, 2021
Saddened and shocked to hear about the passing of Bobby today! My deepest sympathies to his loved ones and may God give them some peace through then very difficult time......RIP Bobby
Jody Tagaris
February 20, 2021
May God hold you in the palm of his hands. Thank you for your extraordinary military and police service
Michael Joseph
February 20, 2021
Bob and I met in Vietnam. We were in different companies in the 3rd battalion, 187th infantry of the 101St Airborne. We reconnected many years later. Bob was always a gentleman showing respect for all. A really nice guy. It was nice to have a connection both in Vietnam and once we were back home.
Bill LaPlante
February 18, 2021
So sorry to hear the sad news of Bobby's passing. It seems like a lifetime ago but all good memories of a fellow Attleboro Police Officer. We shared many rides to Bristol Community College in Fall River and the tough occupation in those days but also the brotherhood of police officers was still a fact.
Bill Arnold
February 17, 2021
Farewell to an honorable man and Vietnam Veteran. He was an active participant the Brockton Vet Center and valued member of Vietnam Veteran's group. He will be well remembered for his humor and his Palm trees.
Neil McKenna
February 17, 2021
I am very sad to hear of Bob's passing ... He was one of a kind , and a very nice person... May he Rest in sweet heavenly peace,,,,
Tammy Dimarzio
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