John G. Palmer

Green Hill, Pictou Co., in his 90th year, passed away peacefully, surrounded by his family, after a short illness, on May 17, 2008, in Aberdeen Hospital, New Glasgow. Born in Westville, he was the son of the late John Andrew and Margaret (MacMillan) Palmer.

Proud and honourable, he first joined the Pictou Academy Cadet Corps and later the Pictou Highlanders at the age of 20 and served in the Second World War in the shore artillery in Newfoundland and later as a foot soldier during the liberation of Holland.

During peacetime he worked on the Mackenzie River, at Hawker Siddley, Shaw Bricks, and returned to the military in 1953 joining the air force and served for 15 years. In the mid fifties he was one of Canada's atomic soldiers and was present in Nevada during the "Plum Bob" nuclear test explosions in slip trenches only one mile from ground zero.

Upon retirement he worked at MacGregor's Wholesalers, Air Force Club. He was an avid gardener and many would remember him selling his beloved plants at the flea market on Sunday morning at the Highland Square Mall. He was an active supporter of the Pictou West Food Bank and The Salvation Army at Christmas. He was known only as Mr. X.

John was a member of the following Masonic groups: Honorary Past Master of Western Star Lodge No. 50 in Westville; Past High Priest of St. John's Chapter No. 8 Royal Arch Masons in Pictou; Past Grand Captain of the Host of the Grand Chapter of Royal Arch Masters of Nova Scotia and Prince Edward Island; Past Preceptor of Malta Preceptory No. 27 in New Glasgow; Past Thrice Illustrious Master of Orient Council No. 5 Royal and Select Masters in New Glasgow; Past Sovereign of Royal William Conclave No. 32 in New Glasgow; Past Worshipful Commander Noah of Cobequid Lodge of Royal Arch Mariners, New Glasgow; York Rite Sovereign College of North America in Truro, and Philae Temple Shriners of Halifax.

Known to most of his family as "Grandfather", he will be dearly missed by Diana (Gordon Spurvey), Hugh (Anne), Beverly (Verdon Locke), Deborah and Dawn "Annie" (Paddy Westhaver); nine grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren; sister Vivian (Frank Brown); many nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his devoted wife of 58 years, Theresa "Tess" MacMillan; sisters, Anna (Tom Rundle); Donna Michel; nephew, Johnny Rundle, and special aunt and uncle, Hugh and Christine Cuff, who raised him from a child after the death of his father.

Visitation will be held on Tuesday from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. in Eagles Funeral Home, Westville. The Overseas War Veteran's Association will hold a service Tuesday at 4:15 p.m. with a Western Star Lodge service at 6:30 p.m. at the funeral home. His funeral service will be held at 2 p.m. Wednesday in Eagles Funeral Chapel, Westville, with Rev. Barb Fotheringham officiating. Cremation to follow and private burial will be in Auburn Cemetery at a later date.

No flowers by request. Donations may be made to the Pictou West Food Bank and The Salvation Army. Words of comfort may be forwarded to the family at: [email protected]

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