Mr. William Palmer

Mr. William Palmer

Mr. William Palmer

Mr. William Palmer
June 10, 1944 – May 24, 2020

William H. Palmer, 75, of Naples, formerly of North Kingstown, RI, passed away on May 24, 2020, in Naples. Born on June 10, 1944, in Altus, OK, he was the son of the late Lt. Henry A. Palmer and Virginia K. Brodeur. Bill was a graduate of Bishop Hendricken High School, Roger Williams College and Rhode Island College. After working for several local packaging companies, Bill retired to Florida with his wife of 52 years, Donna (Downey) Palmer.

Besides his wife, he is survived by his children, Kim Ferguson (Greg), of North Kingstown, Jeff Palmer (Jill), of Charleston, SC, and Tim Palmer (Kathy), of Grafton, MA; his grandchildren, Nick, Connor, Caroline, Taylor, Amalia and Henry; and his sister, Peg Brodeur, of Cranston, RI. He was the stepson of the late Ray Brodeur and son-in-law of the late Al and Kay Downey.

Bill enjoyed spending time with his family on the waters of Narragansett Bay and in the White Mountains of New Hampshire as well as following New England college and professional sports.

Donations in Bill’s memory may be made to The Fund for Hendricken, Bishop Hendricken High School, 2615 Warwick Ave., Warwick, RI 02889 or at


Whilean Hutchison

May 26, 2020, 6:02 pm

so sorry he will be missed by all that knew Him

Charles Francis McCarthy

May 28, 2020, 12:46 am

Deepest condolences to the Palmer family.
I was a classmate of Billy’s at Hendricken High in Rhode Island.
A good guy, he will be missed by all that knew him.

Hilding and Judith Munson

May 28, 2020, 11:18 pm

We are very sorry to hear of Bill’s passing. Our sympathy to you and your family.
Judy and Hilly Munson 62’

James P Naughton

May 29, 2020, 12:51 pm

Our deepest sympathy to the Palmer Family at this most difficult time. The Naughton family grieves with you.
Jim, Sharon, and Family

Rick Vale

May 30, 2020, 5:21 pm

Donna & Family
I am very sorry to hear about Bill’s passing. We first met in 1959, as the first class at Hendricken HS. He always had a smile, and a positive attitude Rest in piece my friend..

Donald Brown

May 31, 2020, 9:33 pm

My thoughts and prayers are with Donna and the Palmer family.

Cori and Larry Barrett

June 8, 2020, 1:30 am

Very sorry to hear of Bills passing. Our thoughts are with you during this time. Bill was a great guy. He will be missed.

Barbara J. Steen

June 20, 2020, 12:27 pm

Donna and Family, I am so sorry to learn if Bill’s passing. I knew Bill from very early days in Norwood, Rhode Island and later in North Kingstown. He was always a kind and gentleman in every way.
May God Bless you and your family.

Paul McLaughlin

June 20, 2020, 1:15 pm

Donna and Family,
I am so sorry for your loss. I got to know Bill in his days at Jay and he always made me smile. He was truly one of the good guys. You have my deepest sympathy and may he Rest In Peace.

Barbara Palumbo

June 20, 2020, 1:26 pm

Dear Donna and family,
Our family is indeed sad that you’ve lost Bill. He was a great guy, full of laughter and fun, devoted to you and your kids always. Will always remember skiing, boating, parties, CCD, PTA and just being friends who cared about each other and our families over decades. I hope your memory bank is full of the kind of memories that can sustain you. It is the worst of times to lose him, made more excruciating because of the loss of the freedoms of bringing family around to give a proper goodbye, and to mourn and grieve him together. I am so sorry for your loss, and have faith that you’ll see him again where he is restored, intact, in God’s loving arms, out of harm’s way, and awaiting you.

Donna M. (Dettorre) Rozzero

June 20, 2020, 1:46 pm

My sincere condolences to all of Bill’s family. I worked with Bill many, many years ago in the Purchasing Department at
Davol Inc. on Sockanossett Road in Cranston, RI. He was such a gentleman, kind and dedicated to his work. It was a pleasure to have met him. May the memories you have of your husband, brother, dad, & grandfather live in your hearts forever. Rest in Peace, Bill.

Ralph Lauro Jr.

June 20, 2020, 1:53 pm

My condolences to Bill’s family and friends. I worked with Bill several years at Davol Inc. in R.I. A great guy with a good sense of humor. It’s always sad to see former co-workers passing.

Ralph Lauro

Stephen M Cronin

June 20, 2020, 2:09 pm

Dear Donna,

So sorry to read of Bill’s passing. It brought back memories of some great times at Roger Williams and memories of some great people and great times as we went through the ” maturing process “! Sadly that group is getting smaller and smaller. Wish I knew that you and Bill were in Naples because my wife and I lived in Bonita Springs until a year ago when she had a stroke and wanted to move back to RI which we did. I’m sure that this has been a difficult time for you and your family and to your children I know they realize what a great guy their father was. All of you and Bill are in my thoughts and prayers.

Steve Cronin
Wakefield RI

Donna Burlingame

June 20, 2020, 2:26 pm

Donna And family, I’m so sorry to hear of Bills passing May he Rest In Peace
May your find memories help you all thru this most difficult time
Fondly, Donna Burlingame

J. Thomas Foley

June 20, 2020, 4:26 pm

Donna and family – My condolences to you and your family. Bill and I worked together with the Souza family and Packaging Grafics. His smile and humor carried us through many days. His spirit and good memories will be with us all.
Tom and Linda Foley

Ann Haber

June 20, 2020, 5:07 pm

Our thoughts & prayers are with Donna & her family. Ann & Neal Haber

Ed and Carolyn Lannon

June 20, 2020, 10:19 pm

Dear Donna,

I will miss Bill at our future Hendricken gatherings. Bill and I were friends at Saint Matthew’s school and shared many memories from our days taking care of the horses and kitchen work at The Dominick Savio retreat center. we also enjoyed the St. Patrick’s day parties at Rhodes on the Pawtucket and thinking of those happy times will always make me smile.

Ed and Carolyn Lannon

Christine V Fecteau

June 21, 2020, 12:30 pm

My deepest sympathy to you and your family on the passing of Bill. May fond memories help you through this difficult time.
Chris Fecteau

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