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PALMER, Cecil James (Cec)

February 14, 1928 – November 3, 2011

Cec Palmer, beloved husband of Ella Palmer and father of Scott Palmer of Virginia and Mike MacGregor of Edmonton passed away on Thursday, November 3, 2011 at the age of 83 years.

Cec was born in Calgary and spent his early years in Blackie, Alberta with his mother Agnes, his father Harold and his brother Ray of Calgary.

Following time as a radio broadcaster, Cec spent his career in the Calgary oil patch serving in senior and executive land management roles with Chevron, ICG and other firms.

Cec volunteered his time and provided leadership to several local, provincial and national organizations including the Air Cadet League of Canada, the RAUSI, Commissionaires, Calgary Stampede, Rotary, Masons, Shriners, and Jesters.

Cec enjoyed a lifelong love of aviation, receiving his commission in 1960 and serving with 403 Squadron in Calgary.

He will be deeply missed by his family.

A Celebration of Cec’s life will be held at The Calgary Aero Space Museum (4629 McCall Way N.E.) on Friday, November 18, 2011 from 4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. Condolences may be forwarded through www.mcinnisandholloway.com. In lieu of flowers, memorial tributes may be made directly to the Parkinson Alberta Society, #102, 5636 Burbank Crescent S.E., Calgary, AB T2H 1Z6 Telephone: (403) 243-9901, www.parkinsons-society.org.

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  1. Ella and Scott,
    I am saddened to read about Cec’s passing. What wonderful times Don and Cec had flying together and working together at the Stampede. I am writing from AZ and read the announcement this morning online. Know you are a cherished part of the Calgary memories with the good laughs and happy times. Keep well.

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  2. Al & Mary Anne Clark :

    To Ella & family,
    Our deepest sympathies to you on learning of Cec’s death. We have many fond memories of Cec from the many years of working & partying together at Chevron & ICG. Unfortunately we are in Mexico and cannot attend his Celebration of Life.

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  3. Ella,
    We are thinking of you and would like to extend our condolences.
    Jim and Marg

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  4. To the Palmer Family:

    You are in our thoughts and prayers in these days. Rest eternal and grant him, O Lord, and let light perpetual shine upon him.

    Every blessing,
    Dr. Marc Jerry, (ABD)
    (Former Chief Flight Instructor and Chair, Department of Aviation – Mount Royal College.)

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  5. Grace Davies Kadatz :

    Ella,
    Was very sorry to hear about your loss. Sincere condolences to you and your family
    Grace and family in Edmonton

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  6. Edward McMullan :

    Dear Ella and family: We have just lost a dear friend, an outstanding gentleman and Master of Ceremonies. One couldn’t help but love him and always so enjoyed his company. Our deepest sympathy to you and your family. He will be sorely missed. As we are in Mexico until Dec.7 we will be unable to attend his Celebration of Life on November 18. Our sincere condolences
    Ed McMullan, P.I.P. and Cilla

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  7. Mal and Donna McElroy :

    We recently heard of the passing of Cec. He was a great friend and so sorry for your loss Ella and for your son. We have you in our prayers at this time. We have lots of fond memories of good ttimes with the Air corps.
    Mal and Donna McElroy, Manzanillo, Mexico

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  8. Maureen and Steve Siegfried :

    Ella, Steve and I are away working north of Ft McMurray and Annmarie (Dick’s daughter) forwarded the obit. Our thoughts are with you Ella and I so enjoyed my time with you and Cec when Dick was up to visit. Dick always asked about Cec when he called and I know you will be in his thoughts as you are ours at this difficult time. The earth has lost a good man.

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  9. Sorry I could not be with you. My thoughts and prayers for you and your family. Anita

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  10. Ella and Family:
    Our condolences and deepest sympathy. I came to know Cec, first in the oil buisness and then Rotary. Cec and I had many laughs in these latter years about our negotiating jousts over the West Pembina “prospects”, our partnership in engaging in the discovery of Terrna Nova Oil field and good times at Rotary.

    Bill and Gloria Kaufmann

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  11. Carelynne Gabbs :

    On behalf of the entire Visiting Bands Committee of the Calgary Stampede, we offer our sincere condolences to the family. Our thoughts are with you.

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  12. Aunt Ell and Scott,

    So sorry to hear about Uncle Cec.Thinking of you.
    Love Denise

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  13. Nancy & John Dicey :

    Please accept our condolences on your loss.

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  14. Ella

    Cec was my first VP Land ICG) and I had the pleasure of working for him twice, as well as attending all the great parties you hosted on his behalf.

    Cec was so involved in the community and lent a helping hand to anyone. He will be missed. My thoughts are with you and your family

    Karen Dowling

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  15. Bill and Sheila Clapham :

    We are so sorry to hear about Cec.
    He was one of the very best Rotarians….and a former radio broacaster too!
    We are thinking about you today.

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  16. Lois and Norm Kimball :

    Ella:
    Memories of Cec go back so many years. He was a very special man and really knew how to be a friend. Our thoughts are very much with you at this difficult time.
    Lois and Norm Kimball

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  17. Rose Advisory Team :

    Ella,

    Cec was a wonderful friend and mentor to us all. We’ll miss our visits with him. He and his family can be proud of his legacy within the community.

    John A. Rose
    Richard Nagan
    Matthew Mantle

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  18. Bill and Betty Prentice :

    Dear Elli and family,
    We were deeply saddend to hear of Cec’s passing. We have wonderful memories of squadron days and the great social life it allowed us. Please accept our heart-felt sympathy for your great loss.
    Bill and Betty

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