March 28, 2003
From: The Daily Progress, Charlottesville, VA March 29, 2003
William Randolph Moore Palmer II, "Duff", died unexpectedly of natural causes Friday, March 28, 2003. He was born October 8, 1954, in Charlottesville, Va.
Duff was a respected outdoorsman, with a lifelong passion for hunting and fishing. He made his vocation his avocation. His prowess in the sporting world resulted in the opening of The Albemarle Angler, an Orvis Shop, in the Barracks Road Shopping Center in 1996. A sought-after guide and sportsman, teacher and mentor, he was an active participant in numerous conservation and environmental organizations. Among them were Ducks Unlimited and the Coastal Conservation Association. He sponsored and participated in an annual fishing tournament for the benefit of the C.C.A. He received a notable award for his excellence from the Orvis Company.
Duff was a devoted father, husband, son, and friend, and a generous donor to various organizations. He was an active member of St. Paul’s Episcopal Church in Ivy.
He is the son of Martin Amorous Palmer, of Charlottesville, and the late Maria Jones Palmer. He is survived by his wife, Hunter Wright Palmer and her parents, Mr. and Mrs. William Nick Wright of Virginia Beach; two children, Caroline Maria Palmer and Martin Randolph Palmer; his aunt, Susanne Gier Palmer, wife of the late George C. Palmer II; cousins, Elizabeth Palmer Mossman of Bedford Hills, N.Y.; and her son, Alexander Palmer Mossman; George C. Palmer III, of Charlottesville, and his wife, Constance Daniel Palmer; their three children, William Matthew Palmer, Elizabeth Moore Palmer, and George Nelson Palmer; and a host of loving friends and extended family.
A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. Monday, March 30, 2003, at St. Paul’s Ivy, with interment in the church cemetery. There will be a reception immediately following the service in the Parish Hall.Memorial donations may be made to the Coastal Conservation Association of Virginia 2100. Marina Shores Dr., Suite 108, Virginia Beach, Va. 23451.