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Robert S. Palmer

Bob Palmer of Richboro died peacefully with his family by his side on March 30, 2022, after a brief and aggressive fight against cancer. 

Born on November 14, 1951 in Newark, New York, Bob was the son of Donald (1911-1992) and Marguerite (1914-1985) Palmer. Growing up in upstate New York, he loved his summers spent at Sodus Point and his early jobs working on the Erie Canal locks and learning about the family business, Palmer Distributing. He often spoke fondly of his time in the Boy Scouts and visiting the Philmont Ranch in New Mexico. 

After graduating from Bucknell University in 1974, Bob returned to his hometown area of upstate New York to work for the Rochester, New York office of Arthur Andersen. During his tenure, he became a Senior Accountant working primarily in the audit area. Missing the milder climate and friendliness of Pennsylvania, he chose to relocate to Bucks County in 1977 and went to work for a central New Jersey CPA firm. While there, the majority of Bob’s work was in the field of preparing financial statements for clients, along with corporate and individual tax returns and tax planning. He started his own firm in 1989 in Yardley, PA and merged his private practice with Diamond & Associates of Newtown in 1995. 

Bob met his wife, Lisa, at work in 1989. Together he and Lisa had two amazing children, Robert Chase (born 1995) and Grant (born 1997). Bob was heavily involved in their lives and would show off the picture of them in his wallet to anyone he met.

Bob adored that his family was all involved with public service: Lisa as an educator and school administrator, Grant as a music teacher and band director, and Chase as a city and regional planner and local historian. He wanted to become involved as well, and thoroughly enjoyed his opportunity working as a poll worker in the 2020 election alongside Chase. 

He was always ready to help and spend time with his family, such as attending Broadway shows with Lisa, volunteering at Council Rock High School South with the marching band for Grant, or driving with Chase to see the covered bridges and backroads around Bucks County. Later in life, his favorite memory was the trips the family would take every year, including the cross-country Amtrak train from New Jersey to California, and seeing Yellowstone National Park. He also enjoyed his daily iced coffee from Wawa (3 pumps of liquid sugar and almond milk), General Tso's chicken (no spice) from Hong Kong Gourmet, a nice glass of coke (because Pepsi is NOT okay), and listening to radio classics on the satellite car radio. 

Bob is survived by his wife Lisa; two sons, Robert Chase and Grant of Richboro; two brothers, Gerard and Beth Palmer (Sarasota, FL and Sodus Point, NY) and Douglas and Mary Palmer (Newark, NY); sister-in-law, Greta and Tom Cesareo (Lawrenceville, NJ); nieces and nephews, Morgan and Anthony Scozzari (Ewing, NJ), Todd and Kim Palmer (Wolcott, NY), Shalon and Carl Tellier (Hilton Head, SC), Jason Palmer (Palmyra, NY), and Daniel Palmer (Newark, NY); cousins, Marcia Fowler (Eustis, FL), Jacqueline Spiegel (Lyons, NY), James Martin (Atlanta, GA), Jocelyn Henson (Newark, NY), and Patricia DeMont (Clifton Park NY); as well as numerous loving extended family members. He is also survived by his kitties Sonia and Wendy, and grand-pup Remy. 

His family will receive relatives and friends as part of a celebration of his life from 1:00 pm until 3:00 pm on Sunday, April 10, 2022 in the Joseph A. Fluehr III Funeral Home, 800 Newtown-Richboro Road (at Holland Rd.) Richboro, PA 18954.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Fox Chase Cancer Center in Philadelphia. Bob asks that everyone please have some laughter in their life and treat every day like it’s a new day. 

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  • Afternoon Visitation

    Sunday, April 10th, 2022
    1:00 PM - 3:00 PM

    Joseph A. Fluehr III Funeral Home, Richboro
    800 Newtown-Richboro Road
    Richboro, PA 18954

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