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A True Welshman Leaves Us: In Memory of Bill Palmer

VANCOUVER - Bill Palmer passed away on May 27 in Vernon at the age of 64, after a brave struggle with cancer. Family, friends and many old colleagues from the banking world gathered on June 12 in the Red Dragon of the Cambrian Hall, home of the Vancouver Welsh Society, to remember with great fondness a truly remarkable man.


Born and educated in Swansea, Wales, Bill entered the banking world in London in 1960, emigrating with his family to Alberta in 1974 and finally moving to British Columbia in 1984. Predeceased in 2004 by Sue, his wife of 38 years, Bill leaves to mourn his son James, daughter Rachel, his two cherished grandsons Evan and Owen, and his wife Gayle, whom he married just one year ago.

In recent years, many members of the Dylan Thomas Circle and the Welsh Society had come to greatly enjoy Bill's company and involvement in both organizations. Bill loved rugby and enjoyed the Welsh gymanfa ganu.

He owned an enormous collection of Welsh music. Bill also had a great love of the outdoors and delighted in visiting and exploring Canada's remote areas, especially its magnificent mountains. He also had an exquisite taste for fine dining and had a reputation for the preparation of excellent meals and a first-class knowledge of fine wines. He was also a collector of art and antiques, possessing an impressive collection of silver spoons and art works.

Bill was truly a remarkable and talented individual. He derived great pleasure and enjoyment from a very active life. To the end, he retained an enormous affection for Wales, the land of his birth.

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