I am copying this lovely obituary from the Burlington Free Press (11/18/05) so that it doesn’t get lost forever. With love to Luke, Onnie & Andy.
|LUKE HUNTINGTON PALMER — Luke Huntington Palmer, of Huntington, died tragically and unexpectedly in a car accident on Nov. 16, 2005. Born to Onnie and Andy Palmer and brother Tony on April 23, 1987, Luke was a dynamic presence in the lives of his family and friends and will be terribly missed. Luke lived life with great enthusiasm – big plans, a big heart, a great sense of humor. Whether baking bread, snapping photographs, or emailing his many friends, Luke’s approach to all he did took us places we never knew existed. A recent show of his photographs is only one expression of his keen eye. He cooked and baked wonderful food on his own from an age when most kids would not be allowed near the stove. He was most recently working on a hearthstone oven in Martha’s Vineyard with plans for a bakery and “really long baguettes.“ Each of us who knew Luke knows something exciting and unexpected about what we foolishly thought was mundane or boring. No one will ever forget Mrs. Harris, darling. Luke is survived by his parents, Onnie and Andy Palmer, of Huntington, his brother Tony Palmer of Chilmark, Mass., his grandparents, Bill and Betty (Eddy) Lidgerwood of Chilmark, and Melissa Palmer of Slingerlands, N.Y.; his aunts and uncles, David Palmer of Albany, N.Y., Laurie Palmer and Debbie Gould of Chicago, Ill., Frank and Sarah Slingerland of Glenmont, N.Y., Erick McCandles of Altamont, N.Y., Trina McCandles of Groton, Conn., Lisa and Peter White of Tunbridge, Susie Eddy of Chilmark, Bill Eddy and Eileen Walsh of Waquoit, Mass., Carolyn Eddy and Vineyard Haven, Mass., Bruce Adrews of Burlington; his cousins, Dinah and Marcella Andrews, Liza Eddy and her husband, Tim Schaub, Beach White, Erika and Emily Slingerland, Patrick and Lizzie Walsh; Godparents Steve Fischer, Paul Southerland, and Corliss McClean Weston; and many, many special friends and animals from Brewster Pierce Memorial School, Camels Hump Middle School, Mount Mansfield Union High School, Burlington Technical Center, and Vermont and Martha’s Vineyard, Mass. A memorial service for family will be held this week in Chilmark, Mass. A memorial service for Luke’s friends and community will be held in Huntington at a later date. In lieu of flowers, contributions to the Huntington Library Building Fund (c/o Colleen Dychton, Library Trustee, 1275 East St., Huntington, Vt. 05462) may be made in Luke’s memory. Local arrangements are in the care of Gifford Funeral Service, 22 Depot St., Richmond.
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