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“What a good friend Joe was. He led an exemplary life and what a great role model he was. We had so many conversations and endless laughs about so...Read More »
1 of 8 | Posted by: David Paciello - Danbury, CT

“Thank you Joe for your service to our country!❤Rest In Peace ”
2 of 8 | Posted by: Mary - Neighbor

“My father Lewis DeRubis, Joes cousin was very close to Joe and his family. God rest his soul ”
3 of 8 | Posted by: Jody Terenzio - Family

“I lived in Springdale. My first job was at Palmer's. I worked there for just over a year. Joe was a great boss!! He was patient, never a cross...Read More »
4 of 8 | Posted by: Lynnette Steeves - Coworker

“Such a dear man. Loved meeting up for a chat with him at the store. He looks just like his father & rest his soul, he is now with him & his mother....Read More »
5 of 8 | Posted by: Jacqueline Fawcett - Norwalk, CT

“Cheryl , Dawn and family so sorry for your loss Joe was always such a calm kind man . He always was a loyal customer and friend of mine even years...Read More »
6 of 8 | Posted by: Frank Lasalandra - Stamford, CT

“The Cronin family all have great regard for Joe Palmer - wonderful neighbor and big part of the community for so many years. Best to Dawn. ”
7 of 8 | Posted by: A friend

“Joe was a very special person in the lives of many Springdale residents. Sincere sympathy to his survivors. May he rest in peace. ”
8 of 8 | Posted by: The Barosky Family - Springdale, CT


Joseph R. Palmer, Jr., 91, of New Canaan, CT, died April 10, 2020 of natural causes at home, surrounded by his wife and loved ones.

Born February 9, 1929 in Stamford, Joe was a son of the late Joseph and Olga Cantalini Palmer, a founding family of the area. He was also preceded in death by his son, Glenn C. Palmer and brother, Rocco J. Palmer.

Surviving are his wife Dawn Palmer, brother Alphonse, children Cheryl S. Palmer, Walter K. Parker, and his beloved grandchild Ember C. Parker.

Joseph graduated from the Casey Jones aeronautical at LaGuardia and later Emby Riddle. He served with 137th Fighter Interceptor Squadron, returning to Darien to run the family grocery store. He served in the New York AIR National Guard...igniting his passion for flight. Joe continued to fly privately after service and those of us close to him each have a story from his small helicopters to a real fighter jet. Poppy was an accomplished pilot.

He was Vice President of Palmer's Market, a 99 year old family run supermarket in Darien, Connecticut. He was also President of Associated Foods of Connecticut.

Joseph's enjoyment for the outdoors was evident. From fly-fishing blue ribbon trout in Montana to running his bird dogs, Digger, Ace and Huck, through New England fields, they never missed a bird. Joe was happiest immersed in Nature and shared that joy with everyone he knew. Joe was always willing to teach, to share, and to help anyone.

Joey's smile would light up a room. He was generous beyond measure, loved his employees and customers and was usually found walking the isles of Palmers Market greeting customers, to whom he was always engaging & endearing. Joe was an accomplished hunter and fly fisherman, a fervent hunting dog trainer and always had a dog in the wings. Joe was an all-around athlete; Darien HS football record holder for 10 years,"Spark Plug Joe"; skilled fly-fisherman, skier, golfer, hunter. He lived life to the fullest. He was one special guy and will be sorely missed by his many friends and family

Due to restrictions on gathering; Graveside services for Mr. Palmer will be private with a celebration for his wonderful life announced at a later date.