Palmer, Albert Worthington
October 20th, 1921 ~ February 9th, 2008
Al was born and attended school in Yakima Washington. He enlisted in the Merchant Marine’s officers school and graduated as a second mate. He served in the South Pacific Seas during World War II.
After the war he returned to the University of Washington in Seattle to complete his science degree. He continued at the University of Washington for the Fisheries Research Institute in the study of salmon.
Al married Mary in 1959 and together they ran a nursery business in Seattle. In 1970 he and Mary retired and immigrated to Canada, to Jedediah Island ( a 650 acre island) in the Straits of Georgia. Idyllically they treasured Jedediah and remained on the island for 20 years.
In 1995, Al and Mary deeded Jedediah Island to the Province of BC to be held in perpetuity as a marine park for all to enjoy.
Al then moved to Nanaimo and then retired to Victoria BC. He became critically ill and moved to Glenwarren Lodge in Victoria, where he received loving care and attention to his needs.
His wife Mary and stepson Evan were at his side when he left peacefully. He is survived by 2 stepsons, Roger and Evan, many step grandchildren and great grandchildren, his nieces, Betsy, Pamela, Barbara, Vaugn and Marion, and his nephews, Norman, Philip and David.
A celebration of Al’s wonderful life will be held at Fariwinds Golf and Country Club in Nanoose bay on March 1, 2008, at 2 o’clock