NORWAY — Earle A. Palmer Jr., 88, of Norway, passed away on Friday, July 1, at his home.

Earle was born Sept. 7, 1922, in Portland, to Earle A. Palmer Sr. and Helen Bradbury Palmer. He attended schools in Portland and Bethel; graduating from Gould Academy, Class of 1940. He married Edwina Mann on Sept. 13, 1941, at the Universalist Church in West Paris, where they made their home and raised their three children.

Following their marriage, Earle went to work in the Mann family woodturning business there in West Paris. Upon the death of Edwin J. Mann (Edwina’s father) a corporation was formed with Earle elected as the president and manager, with Edwina serving as the vice president. Earle also served as a director of the Woodturners Association office in Boston, Mass.

For many years, he served on the budget committees for the towns of Paris and West Paris. He was a cooperator and trustee of the South Paris Savings Bank. He served as a director of the Norway National Bank (now Key Bank), and was a trustee of Stephens Memorial Hospital during the 1950s.

He was a member of Mason Granite Lodge of West Paris and a member of and past Noble Grand of 100F West Paris. He was a past president of the Norway Paris Kiwanis Club. Earle was a member of the Universalist Church in West Paris, the Congregational Church in Norway, and an associate member of the of the Rangeley Congregational Church, and the Stuart Congregational Church in Stuart, Fla.

Earle liked to fish and hunt as well as time spent traveling with his wife, Edwina, to many countries.

He is survived by their children, a son, Earle E. Palmer and his wife, Carolyn, of West Paris; two daughters, Sharlene MacFawn and her husband, Warren, of Peru and Carolee Bryant of Richmond, Va.; seven grandchildren, Cheryl Smith, Cathy Gregoire and husband, Robert, Robert Palmer and his wife, Lisa, Christopher Palmer and his wife, Bobbi-Jean, Brian MacFawn and his wife, Sheena, Kerry Gardner and her husband, Ryan, Aaron MacFawn and his wife, Alison; 15 great-grandchildren; and a sister, Janet Owen.

Earle was predeceased by his wife, Edwina, June 20, 2006.

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