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S. Roy Palmer: Former Yorktown Town Justice

S. Roy Palmer, who served 30 years as a Town Justice in Yorktown, died February 19 at the Hernando-Pasco Hospice House in Florida. He was 87.

He was born February 15, 1914 in Yorktown Heights to Lulu and Hallsey Palmer. He graduated from Yorktown schools and attended Syracuse University. On July 1, 1945, Mr. Palmer was appointed by Supervisor John Downing to the bench as Justice of the Town and Criminal Court in Yorktown, where he served in a fair way for 30 years. He was affectionately dubbed "the marryin' judge" by many residents since he performed an estimated 1,000 weddings during his career. He also worked as an outside plant supervisor for Consolidated Edison in Westchester County. He was very active in Yorktown, belonging to the Grange and Masons and was a 50-year member of the Yorktown Heights Volunteer Fire Department.

Mr. Palmer moved to Florida 22 years ago and was a member of the Timber Oaks Golf Club. He was a lifetime Methodist and Republican, and was truly a "gentle'' gentleman.

He is survived by his wife, Rita, who served as Court Clerk for 16 years for her husband; one daughter, Charlene Muldoon of Acra, NY; one stepson, Captain James Scheffer of Davidsonville, Maryland; two brothers, Dr. Ralph Palmer of Craig, Colorado and Dr. Gilbert Palmer of Bradenton, Florida; and three grandchildren, Shannon Andersen of Yorktown Heights, Sean Muldoon of Acra, NY and Victoria Scheffer of Davidsonville, Maryland.

A memorial service was held February 27 at First United Methodist Church of Hudson, Florida.

Memorial donations may be made to Hernando-Pasco Hospice, 12107 Majestic Blvd., Hudson, Florida 34667 or First United Methodist Church of Hudson, 13123 U S Highway 19, Hudson, Florida 34667.

Condolences may be sent to his wife: Mrs. S. Roy Palmer, Timber Oaks, 11421-1 Dollar Lake Drive, Port Richey, Florida 34668

Source: North County News, Obituaries, Volume 35, Number 13 March 28 - April 3, 2001


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