Adelbert Baker Palmer
1924 - 2019
J. Verne Wood Funeral Home - Portsmouth
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Portsmouth, NH
NEWCASTLE - Adelbert Baker Palmer, 95, of New Castle passed away peacefully on Sunday, June 16, 2019 at his home, with his family by his side. Bert was born on January 23, 1924 in Medford, Massachusetts, to Sidney and Mary (Christensen) Palmer.

He proudly served his country in the United States Army during World War II, driving a tank in the 16th armored division, he then received a bachelor's degree in mechanical engineering from Northeastern University.

After graduation and while working at Westinghouse, Bert lived at 333 Beacon St. in Boston, where he was known for his legendary parties and practical jokes. During these years, he also helped start the White Mountain Ski Runners Club in New Hampshire. It was there that he met Agnes Lee, standing in line for dinner, and told his friends that this was the woman he was going to marry.

Two years later, they were married in in Toronto, and settled in Marblehead, Massachusetts, where he founded Diaphragm Ind, a manufacturer of rubber automotive and airline parts. After leaving the company years later he co-founded Palmer-Chenard Industries.

Bert was a member of the New Castle Congregational Church where he formerly served as a deacon; served on the Board of Selectman in New Castle; and was a member of the Portsmouth Yacht Club and the Green House.

His loving wife Agnes preceded him in death on November 9, 2016.

Survivors include his children, Amy Gworek and her husband, Jonathan of Needham, Mass., Samuel Palmer and his wife, Jennifer of Arlington, Mass., and John Palmer of New Castle; five grandchildren, Emily, George and William Gworek and Grace and Eleanor Palmer. He is also survived by nieces and nephews.

SERVICES: Services will be held at the New Castle Congregational Church on Friday, June 28 at 3 p.m. Interment with military honors will be held privately at the Oceanside Cemetery, New Castle.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to American Parkinson Foundation or JDRF, Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation, . For online condolences, visit: Arrangements are under the direction and care of the J. Verne Wood Funeral Home – Buckminster Chapel.

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Published by from Jun. 25 to Jun. 28, 2019.
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My father (John) Sam Hunter and Bert had been friends since 1956. Our family Sam, Sue, John, Alison (me), Deb and Laura loved Bert and Agnes. I remember seeing Amy, Sam, John when we were kids back the in the 60's/70's. I last saw both Bert and Agnes at Dad's 80th Birthday party 10 years ago. My dad gave a brief synopsis of his friendship with Bert in an email the other day:

Bert and I had a long and solid friendship, starting in 1956. Skied together, joined the White Mules ski club in Intervale NH, roommates at 333 Beacon Street, Boston for about five years, shared a cottage on Corinthian Lane in Marblehead,started a small mfg company together, were in each other's weddings (Bert and Agnes in Toronto, ours in East Brookfield). We were in and out of each other's lives for over 60 years. Always positive, happy.

Amy, Sam and John, please have peace knowing that your dad was such a wonderful man and as you already know, our lives were enriched by knowing him. We are so grateful to have known him.
Alison Hunter
June 27, 2019
All the ladies at the Clip Joint thought highly of your father, he was a very engaging man, our hearts go out to you all at this sad time.
Debra Oliver
June 26, 2019
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