Douglas Osborne Palmer

Douglas Osborne Palmer

PALMER, Douglas Osborne (September 25, 1924 – June 10, 2019) – It is with great sadness I announce the passing of my husband, Douglas Palmer, June 10, 2019, at Sidney, B.C. He is predeceased by his mother, Helen (Anderson); father, Charles who authored The Salmon Rivers of Newfoundland; first wife, Winnifred (Eveleigh) of Trinity East; and brother-in-law, Glenn Tahirali. He is survived by his wife, Jane (Adams); sister, Joan (Anderson) Tahiali and her two sons, Charles (Debbie) and Douglas. Doug was born in St. John’s and educated at Bishop Feild College, and later Memorial University. During that time he joined the St. Andrews Boy Scott Troop and became their Master Scout. Some time after the war broke out he joined the RCAF. He went overseas in 1943. He joined his crew as a rear gunner on a Halifax Bomber out of York, UK. They were on their 8th mission when shot down over Germany. Only 3 survived, Doug evaded for 10 days heading for France. However, his luck was not with him. The Germans picked him up and he became a POW for the rest of the war. He then went to Gander working with the Air Line industry. He worked there for 19 years. He played a part in forming may organizations including the 537 Air Cadet Squadron. Doug was its leader. It is still in operation to this day. In 1963 he retired from RCAF with the rank of Squadron Leader ®. He then moved to St. John’s to become a part of the newly formed Power Commission. He worked there for 10 years and retired to become a country gentleman and a snow bird. After spending 20 years in Florida, we decided the Newfoundland winters were not for us and moved to British Columbia in 2007. However, the land of our birth was very much a part of our lives and in keeping with Doug’s wishes he is coming home to be buried in the Field of Honour. Visitation to take place at Barrett’s Funeral Home, 328 Hamilton Avenue, on Tuesday, September 24, from 2-5pm. Committal Service will take place at 12 noon on Wednesday, September 25, 2019 (his birthday) at the Field of Honour, Mount Pleasant Cemetery. Flowers gratefully declined. Contributions in his memory, may be made to the St. John’s Cancer Society, which Doug served as his president some time ago. To view the online memorial guest book or leave a message of condolence, please visit
September 25, 1924 - September 11, 201909/25/192409/11/2019
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Ron Grenier
December 17, 2019
Our deepest condolences, Jane, for the loss of a very special guy. We've had an empty spot in our hearts since you all moved away from Ladysmith. Worse was losing all contact. Our daughter was checking for me just yesterday, for any sign of your name in connection with K... Continue Reading
September 25, 2019
Jane, my thoughts are with you today. I regret I was unable to attend the wake for Douglas because I fell and am laid up. I hope your memories will help you during this sad time. I have great ones of all the laughter he gave us. He will be remembered fondly. Patsy an... Continue Reading
Mary Cook
September 24, 2019
Palm, you were always my favorite of mom and dad's friends! I always looked forward to vist from you both. As a little girl, I was always excited to visit you in Three Island pond, you had the coolest home, on an island, eventhough the masks scared me a little! Palm you ... Continue Reading
Peggy Reid
September 24, 2019
Dear Jane. We are currently away and unable to attend today. Our thoughts are with you and of Doug. Doug was one of a kind. His presence was always very easy to determine. As a veteran and warrior he had stories and was proud of his association with the Air Cadets in Gan... Continue Reading
Philip & Rhona Winter
September 19, 2019
Mr. Palmer was a very good friend of my parents and spent many good times at our house. He was always very considerate to me and my brothers. I remember well that he lent me his Mustang one weekend. This was a big deal because I was only 17 years old at the time and... Continue Reading
Keith Renouf
September 15, 2019
I met Doug while working at the Clearview Drive-In many years ago. I was also fortunate enough to give Doug a hand on a couple of weekends at Three Island Pond. To the family, may your memories resonate with you each and every day. Condolences to you all on your loss, ... Continue Reading
Anne Goff Andrews
September 15, 2019
During my years growing up in Gander, Mr. Palmer and his first Wife, Winn, were very good friends of my parents, Ed and Dorothy Goff. There were many times we visited them at their home. I remember when he started the Air Cadets in Gander and my brother Brian was a Warre... Continue Reading
Wayne Suley
September 15, 2019
I remember him well from my days in the 537 Air Cadets. I vividly remember him telling stories of his days in captivity during the war. R.I.P Doug
Fred Wilcox
September 14, 2019
Remembering 537 Air Cadets well and what positive attributes it did for many of us in YQX. Palmer played a big role in that. Nice to see that Doug lived a long live for the service that he gave, as a NLer, and POW survivor in WWII. Rest In Peace, Sir. Fred Wilcox (Bli... Continue Reading
Claude Pink
September 14, 2019
Jane so sorry to read of Doug's passing.Its been almost 60 years since i last saw you but i have great memories of the four years i boarded with you and your parents who treated me like family.I am sure you remember me but i had no idea where you were.I never met your Hu... Continue Reading