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Weston Holmes Palmer

May 7, 2020

Weston Holmes Palmer of Sanibel Island, FL passed away on Tuesday, April 28th, 2020 peacefully in his sleep at the age of 75 from natural causes.

Weston was born in Brooklyn, NY to Edward Everett Palmer and Mary Ellen (Trezise) Palmer. He attended school in Cazanovia, NY and then his family moved to Salzburg, Austria. He graduated from Munich American High School in Germany. He ran short and long distance track in high school both domestically and abroad and held speed records for many years.

Weston’s undergraduate degree was from Cornell University where he was a proud Alpha Sig and was also a welter-weight boxer. He went to Syracuse University for Law School.

After he graduated from Law School he moved to Penn Yan, NY where he practiced law privately and in tandem as Yates County Public Defender for nearly 30 years.

Weston retired in 2001 and moved to Sanibel Island, Florida. He was passionate about Sanibel and active in many local, civic and cultural associations. He was one of 100 people who stubbornly stayed ‘On Island’ for Hurricane Charley in 2004 and not only survived, but then helped displaced residents by taking photos of their houses post-hurricane and posting on a website.

Weston was also very involved in the world of Antique Transferware. At one time he had one of the largest collections of Transferware in the United States. He was also heavily involved in cataloguing many of these valuable and rare antiques in one of the world’s preeminent databases.

His daughter Leslie Palmer and her three teenage children – Lauren, Caroline and Jackson moved from Oregon to Sanibel full time in 2019 to help take care of and spend time with their very dedicated grandfather. The kids forged an even extra special bond with ‘Be-Bop’ and they cherished the quality time they had with him.

Weston bravely endured 45 years with rheumatoid arthritis. He never complained, yet lived with constant pain. He posthumously and generously donated his body to science to hopefully advance studies and care in this horrific affliction.

Forthcoming will be a small, family / close friend Sanibel beach ceremony followed by a simple reception at Weston’s favorite restaurants or his home. Date is TBD with the current global viral affliction.

In addition, a party will be held at ‘The Tavern’ in Penn Yan, NY to pay a tribute to Weston and his contributions to the law and many friendship in Yates County. Date TBD based on current health climate.

Donations in his memory can be sent to Hope Healthcare Hospice at HopeHCS.org. 239-482-4673