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Sir Charles Edward Palmer

January 28, 1921 - February 8, 2021

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With profound sadness we announce the passing of Charles Edward Palmer (lovingly known as Dutchie) on Monday, February 8, 2021, at the Cape Breton Regional Hospital, Sydney.

Born January 28, 1921, in Sydney to the late H.K. and Maude Palmer.

Charles is survived by his wife, Linda Ruth (Ball) MacLean Palmer; daughter, Linda Mae MacKinnon; son-in-law, Thomas A. MacKinnon; loving granddaughter, Maggie MacKinnon; as well as his sister, Gerry Steeves. He is also survived by his step-son, Seward MacLean (Sandra); step-granddaughter, Leslie MacLean; step-daughter, Margie Glawson; step-granddaughters, Karen (Bobby Jo) and Melissa; step-great-granddaughter, Jessica; step-great-grandson, Dale; and many nieces and nephews, along with many brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law.

Charles was predeceased by his wife, Margaret Irene (MacAulay) Palmer; twin sister, Shirley; brother, Harris “Chipper”; and sisters, Ida, Irene, Hazel, Dena, Pauline and Larkey. He was also predeceased by his step-granddaughter, step-great-granddaughter and step-great-grandson.

Charlie served in the Second World War and was honoured with many medals, including the highest medal for service awarded by the Republic of France, which gave him the title of Knighthood, of which he was very proud. His photo is proudly displayed on the Wall of Honour at the Royal Canadian Legion, Branch 138, Ashby.

For over 40 years, Charlie worked at CN and VIA Rail. In the early days, he was instrumental in forming the CBRT & GW Union, greatly improving the working conditions. He continued his advocacy for the railroad and was dubbed “Choo Choo Charlie”.

Charlie was also a hardworking alderman for 27 years, serving two terms as Deputy Mayor and he also served a term as president of the Union of Nova Scotia Municipalities. In recent years, he was a staunch proponent of the Nova Scotians for Equalization Group.

Charlie was a member of the Church of Christ the King and sang in the choir. He was also an active member of the Men’s Club, which he greatly enjoyed.

Above all, he loved his many years spent in Mira, beginning at Victoria Bridge and finally at Juniper Mountain, building several bungalows and many, many boats, but most importantly, many wonderful friendships. His gregarious nature was responsible for many great parties and get-togethers enjoyed by both, young and old.

Charlie was a most loving, kind, caring and generous man, who saw the best in everyone he met. His wisdom, fairness and optimistic outlook touched the lives of many people. As his family, we are so fortunate to have had such a loving, kind “gentle” man in our lives. We will all miss him tremendously.

A heartfelt thanks to the staff of 3A and the palliative care unit of the Cape Breton Regional Hospital for their professional and loving care during his short stay.

Due to Covid restrictions, a private service will be held. At a later date, a “Great Celebration” of his life will be held.

Memorials to the Church of Christ the King, 19 Trinity Avenue, Sydney, NS, B1P 4Z4 or to a charity of your choice would be greatly appreciated.

Words of comfort can be sent to the family at www.sydneymemorialchapel.ca or e-mail sydneymemorialchapel@ns.sympatico.ca

“Out on the Mira the people are kind”

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