Robert 'Bob' K. Palmer, age 73, of Hamden, passed away on May 4, 2012 at his home surrounded by his loving family. Bob was the beloved husband of 50 years to Mary Ann Quillen Palmer. Born in Miami, FL on January 30, 1939, he was the son of the late Kenneth & Clover Ripple Palmer. Bob is survived by his daughters, Kathy & her husband Frank Gulia of Orange, Cyndi & her husband Paul Costanzo of Ellington, Jeanne Palmer & her husband Nate Hill of North Haven and Susan & her husband Scott Riordan of Madison and his grandchildren, Kristina, Melissa & Michael Gulia, James & Emily Costanzo, Avery & Maren Hill and Samantha, Lindsay & Brendan Riordan. A Guilford High School Hall of Fame Athlete, Bob also played Semi Pro Baseball for the Baltimore Orioles. After his service in the United States Army, Bob went on to a 35 year career with SNET and later NEC. The joys of Bob's life were the times he spent with his family, teaching & playing sports with his children and grandchildren, holidays at the beach and quiet times on the Guilford shore with his Mary Ann. Friends may visit with Bob's family on Monday, May 7th from 4:00 to 8:00 PM at BEECHER & BENNETT FUNERAL HOME, 2300 Whitney Ave., Hamden and may attend a celebration of his life in the funeral home on Tuesday at 11:00 AM. His interment will be held privately. Contributions in Bob's memory may be made to the Hospital for Special Care, ALS Unit, 2150 Corbin Ave, New Britain, CT 06053.

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  1. A kind, gentle, beautiful man whose sweet disposition and calm, thoughtful countenance made him a unique and unforgettable person. It was a pleasure to have known him! Liz and family

  2. Dear Mary Ann and family… I want to extend my deepest condolences for the loss of Bob. He was a great husband, a loving father and a wonderful grandfather. It’s never easy to find the right words when expressing one’s sorrow except to say, .I’m sorry.. Experience has taught me that over time the pain of your loss will subside.. but never go away. It will be the collective strength of your family and the wonderful memories of Bob that will help you get through all of this. Stay strong and keep your faith. Bob is now out of pain and in a place of peace and tranquility with those who have gone before us. God bless you and your family at this most difficult time.

  3. Dear MaryAnn and Family, Although it was our privelege to know Bob for less time then many other close friends, he was a true gentleman and a very sincere, good person. Inflicted with a horrible desease, he calmly fought it to the end. May he rest in peace.

  4. Maryann and Family, I am sorry for your loss. Please accept my sympathy…. Peg Storlazzi Scafariello

  5. An incredible .fighter. waged an incredible battle. Now he is at peace. My thoughts and prayers are with all of you. Sammie

  6. Cyndi, Paul, James and Emily and the Palmers- please accept our deepest sympathies over the loss of your father. May the good memories and special times spent with your father/grandfather be able to comfort you in this time of sorrow, Jeanne and Dory Hart-Steffes

  7. Jeanne& family, May the happy memories of Dad and knowing he is at peace bring a smile to your face.His struggle and suffering are over and his memory and love will always be in your heart. May he R.I.P.

  8. Jeannie and Family Sorry about the passing of your dad, my thoughts and prayers are with him. Sorry Larry

  9. Mare, so sorry for your loss. Do know that you and your family are in my thoughts and prayers during this sad time in all your lives. May Bob now rest in peace. much love from me to you. MaryAnn (Bergantino) Imperati

  10. Dear Jeannie, Nate & family – we are so very sorry to hear about the passing of your dad. Be at peace knowing that he is no longer suffering & is in a better place. We will miss seeing him at Paradise. Our thought & prayers are with all of you at this time. Doug, Chris, Dana & Dennis DeCerbo

  11. Dear Jeannie, Nate & family – we are so very sorry to hear about the passing of your dad. Be at peace knowing that he is no longer suffering & is in a better place. We will miss seeing him at Paradise. Our thought & prayers are with all of you at this time. Doug, Chris, Dana & Dennis DeCerbo

  12. Mary Ann and Family, We were so sorry to hear from Connie Brassil about the death of Bob. Without doubt, his loss will be painful for all of you. Please know that you are in are thoughts and prayers. Sincerely, Nick and Mary DiGioia

  13. My deepest heartfelt wishes to you during this time. I am so honored to have been able to be there with you.

  14. Dear Mary Ann and family, Frank & I hold you all in our prayers at this sad time. Most expecially we wil keep Bob in our prayers. Marge & Frank

  15. May your memories and love for each other help you during this very sad time. Our thoughts and prayers are with you. Love, Ana and Jimmy Miller

  16. Dear Mrs. Palmer and the Palmer family – I am very sorry to hear of your loss. Bob will be missed by all. He was a wonderful person . My heart goes out to your entire family. — Pat —

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