Life Legacy


Richard Palmer

Georgia – Richard “Dick” “Lou” “Grandpa” Palmer a lifelong resident of Georgia passed away unexpectedly on Friday February 27th, 2015.

He was born December 21, 1941 in Burlington, the son of the late Glendon and Catherine (Conlin) Palmer.

Dick was employed at the Champlain Cable Corporation in Colchester for 36 years. He was an avid deer hunter who could not wait for the air to turn crisp so that he could join his beloved brothers and friends for the “Palmer Boys” hunt.

Serving his community was a lifelong passion for Dick. He was an active member of the Georgia Volunteer Fire Department for over 56 years, joining the department in 1958 an accomplishment he was very proud of. He served many roles over the years including that of Chief. His most recent position as Safety Officer allowed him to watch over and protect each and every fire fighter and first responder who he cared so deeply about. He took pride in mentoring the new Cadets when they joined the department. He enjoyed a very special relationship with his nephew, Jess Wimble, who predeceased Dick in 2012.

Grandpa Palmer would travel to the ends of the earth to watch and be involved in the lives of his most precious grandchildren, Amelia and Matt. He was always seen at the hockey rink, horse riding lesson, or baseball field where he would socialize as the “Mayor” with anybody and everybody. He truly enjoyed watching all of the children participate. Though he could not remember their names they would forever be known by their jersey numbers, 5,9,14 or by their favorite foods like apple pie or French fries and gravy.

Richard enjoyed spending time with the love of his life Leona to whom he had been married for 51 years. They would enjoy dining out and the company they shared with fellow diners.

Richard is survived by his loving wife, Leona (Wimble) Palmer; his son, Richard Jr. and his wife, Kelly, of Georgia; grandchildren, Amelia Palmer of Winooski and Matt Palmer of Georgia, as well as his special friend, Brutus.

Richard is also survived by his brothers, John and his wife, Sharon, of Florida, Gary and his wife, Mary, of Georgia, Brent of St. Albans, and his sisters, Colleen Paquette of Georgia, Patricia Ledoux of Fairfax, Cheryl Palmer of St. Albans, Melinda Picard and her husband, Victor, of St. Albans and many nieces and nephews.

A special thanks to the Georgia Fire Dept., Georgia First Response, AmCare Ambulance and the emergency room staff at the Northwestern Medical Center for their response, care and support on Friday.

Relatives and friends are invited to attend calling hours on Wednesday, March 4, 2015, from 4:00 to 7:00 PM at the Heald Funeral Home, 87 South Main Street, St. Albans.
A funeral service will be held on Thursday, March 5th at 11:00 A.M. at the Georgia Volunteer Fire Department, 4134 Ethan Allen Highway, Georgia with the Father Henry Furman officiating. Interment will be later this spring at the family lot in Hope Cemetery in Georgia.

Those planning an expression of sympathy are asked to consider the Georgia Fire and Rescue Association, 4134 Ethan Allen Highway, St. Albans, Vermont 05478.

Marion Bates

Marion Agnes Bates, age 81 years, a lifelong Georgia resident and more recently of Hawks Nest in Saint Albans, died late Wednesday evening, Oct. 29, 2014, at home, with loving family at her side.
Born at home in Georgia, Vt., on April 15, 1933, she was the daughter of the late William and Adeline (Parah) Sartwell. She attended schools in Saint Albans and on July 29, 1951, was married to Eugene Albert Bates, who survives her. For 21 years, Marion worked in sales and bookkeeping at the former William Doolin Department Store in Saint Albans City. She was an active member of the Georgia Plaines Baptist Church and the Georgia Volunteer Fire Department Auxiliary.
She enjoyed all crafts including sewing, knitting, and embroidery, and will be best remembered for baking and designing beautiful wedding cakes.
In addition to her husband, Eugene, of 63 years, Marion leaves a daughter, Bonnie Combs and husband, Wesley, of Westford; two sons, Robert Bates of Fairfax, and Mark Bates and his wife, Cheryl, of Fairfield; a sister-in-law, Betty Sartwell of Highgate; a brother-in-law, Stanley Longway of Saint Albans; six grandchildren; 14 great-grandchildren; as well as several nieces and nephews.
Besides her parents, Marion was predeceased by a sister, Linda Longway in 2004; and a brother, Stewart Sartwell in 1969.
A funeral service will be held Monday, Nov. 3, 2014, at 11 a.m. from The Georgia Plaines Baptist Church, 1493 Stone Bridge Rd., Georgia. The Reverend Charles Kuthe will officiate. Interment will follow at the Bates family lot in the Georgia Plaines Cemetery.
Friends may call at The Kidder Memorial Home, 89 Grand Ave., Swanton, on Sunday from 4 to 8 p.m. To offer private online condolences please visit: Gifts in Marion’s memory may be made to the Georgia Plaines Baptist Church or to the Georgia Volunteer Fire Department and First Response, both in care of The Reverend Charles Kuthe, 2573 Plaines Rd., Milton, VT 05468.