Brenton Palmer Colp, 88, born in West Berlin, passed away at 1am on January 2, 2014 peacefully at the Hants Community Hospital Palliative Care Unit.
At the age of 15 he contracted Polio but you would never know that he had it as he never complained about it. He ran the general store in West Berlin and later was the Foreman at K&W Book Binding and Helen ran the store. His biggest enjoyment other than family time was playing cards and marbles which he always made time for. He was an avid musician who was well known to all the hall dance goers on the South Shore. He and his Sister Phyllis played at most of the weddings in the area and when they weren’t entertaining somewhere, you could find them surrounded by friends at their home. As soon as 2 or 3 people gathered, his fiddle came out and the dancing would start. Most of the time, it was a family affair when the music started as several of the girls also were musically talented.
He is survived by his wife Helen (Selig), daughters: Elaine Wall, Wendy Farmer (Kenneth), Verna Conrad (Ronald), and Pam Evans (Dale). Grandchildren: Kendall (Jessica), Crystal (Darren), Patrick (Caitlyn), Jason (Lindsay), Caitlyn (Nick) Jessica (Brandon). Great Grand Children: Sierra, Ally, Hailey. Brother James (Barbara), sisters Geraldine Whynot (Byron) and Phyllis Leslie (Wilfred, deceased).
Palmer was predeceased by parents Maynard and Alice Colp, and sister Marjorie Conrad (Jordan deceased).
The visitation will be held at Chandlers Funeral Home in Liverpool, NS. today (Monday, January 6, 2014) from 7 until 9 p.m. and funeral service will be held Tuesday, January 7, 2014 at 11:00 a.m. from St. Johns Anglican Church in Eagle Head with private burial at St. Johns Anglican Cemetery, West Berlin. Reception will follow at the Port Medway Fire Hall. Donations may be made to the Port Medway Volunteer Fire Department or the Easter Seals Foundation. Online condolences may be made to www.chandlersfuneral.com
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Viv Croft (Whynot)
Verna so sorry to hear the passing of your dad. Lean on your family in the days ahead for support. Take care
I was sorry to hear about this and when they moved I sure missed having a chat with Palmer when he would go by my place on his scooter. Memories are everything. My sincere condolences to Helen and the family.
Verna,Ronnie,Patrick and Jason , So sorry to hear about this…my thoughts are with you all.
brian and kim mansfield
We are sorry for your loss. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all.
Irene Calkin and Dan Lutz
So sorry to hear of Palmer’s passing. It has been awhile since we have seen you and him but we often speak of your anniversary party and the weekend we spent fishing etc. And the wild card games with Myra! Dan just had emergency surgery to have a pacemaker put in last week so we aren’t travelling much right now but hope to see you later on. Love to you all! Irene and Dan
Dear Helen and family,
So sorry to hear of Palmers passing ,I have wonderful memories of my times with you. May God bless you at this time.
Helen and Family, I am so sorry to hear of your loss. I spent many a good hour playing marbles and talking with you and Palmer. My condolences to you all.
Melinda and Leo Dorey
Although Leo and I have only know Palmar for the past 5 years it was obvious that Palmar loved his Family very much. His kindness, memories and traits will live on in everyone of you. Love, Melinda and Leo
Curtis & Linda Leslie Maillett
We wish to send our sincere condolences to Helen, Jim & Barb, Geraldine & Byron, and the whole extended family. I know my Uncle Brenton Hemeon of West Berlin made many a trip to Palmers store, and shared all the news going on. He was a very talented man, who will be remembered by all that had the pleasure of knowing him. May you all find Peace in all the memories you have. Sincerely, Linda & Curtis
Aunt Helen i was very sorry to hear of uncle Palmers passing , prayers and love being sent to you all .When our loved ones leave us we have to treasure all the beautiful memories they leave behind for us until we meet again .xoxox
Verna and family,so sorry to hear of your dad’s passing. Hold onto to the memories you will have forever. Barb
Sharon and Richard Roy
Palmer was an amazing person, I worked with him for years at k AND W ., HE WAS ALWAYS CHEERFUL, A VERY NICE MAN, SORRY FOR YOUR LOSS.
Doris Lohnes Schnare
My sincere condolences to Helen and all members of the family. Palmer was a well known and respected person in our community all his life being merchant, postmaster and musician. His store was mostly the centre of the community and has left many good memories.
Regards, Doris Schnare
Palmer touched the hearts of many, many people over the years and so has all of his family. He is now with his family that went before him. Hold on to all the wonderful memories. Prayers are with each and every one of you..
Beverley & Betty-Jean Colp
We are sorry for your loss of a wonderful man who was a friend to many. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all at this time. We have enjoyed some recent chats with Kendall about Palmer. Our deepest sympathy to you all.
Barb Kempton Fralic
Helen and family,
So enjoyed the chats we use to have at Pharmachoice. All ways had a story to tell. Hugs to you Helen. My thoughts are with you all at this sad time. Barb
he is playing his fiddle with the angles; r i p;Palmer.
It saddened me to hear of Palmer’s passing. I have many fond memories especially during high school when I would spend nights at their home with Wendy. He always had an infectious smile. He will be sadly missed but fondly remembered by all that knew him. Hold onto each other and all the many precious memories of this remarkable man to help you get through these difficult days ahead.
Love you all xoxoxo.
My Sincere Condolences
Don Graham & Sheri Farmer
Our sincere thoughts and prayers are with Palmer’s friends and family during this difficult time. We greatly enjoyed Palmer’s stories while we visited with him, Helen, Kenny and Wendy during our vacation in Port Medway in 2011.
so sorry to hear of your loss .peace to all.
with deepest sympathy Jordan&june zwicker
Darlene & John Chandler
Wendy, Kenny, Helen and Family, so sorry to hear of Palmer’s passing. He was such a nice man; so wonderfully musical and I will always remember him introducing me to sing when I was 12 and so nervous, and him telling me not to be scared. Our whole family just loved him and his music. Keep your memories close, they are the precious reminders of our loved ones.
Dear Helen and family:
Please accept our sincere condolences on your loss. I have wonderful memories of the visits I had with you and Palmer.
nettie and jack wilson
My sincere condolences to Helen and all members of the family .I must say we had lots of fun times together at their house .Palmer left us all with lovely memories
Our deepest sympathy to all .
Kathy & Rod Rhoddy
Growing up I always used to so look forward to coming to your home and enjoying the love that you all shared. Keep that love close at this time and remember what a wonderful father and husband he was. He never allowed his illness to stop him from loving, and he loved as every child wishes their daddy would. Unfortunately, Rod and I are unable to attend the funeral, however we will keep you all in our prayers. Hugs!
Jane (Colp) Hansen
Helen and Family
I am sending my heartfelt sympathy to all of you during this time of sadness in the death of Palmer. I recall some great times we had together many years ago and I always remember thinking that Palmer had a permanent smile etched in his face. He had a cross to bear with his polio but he sure carried himself well through this world …a life well lived. You are a close family and I know you will take care of each other. God Bless.
Walter and Sherri Miller
Helen and Family:
We are so saddened to read of Palmer’s passing.He was a great man without a doubt,Always full of fun and laughter.He will certainly be missed by all who knew him.I certainly used to enjoy all my visits with you both.Our condolences to all of you at this time.
lewis and victoria conrad
Helen and Family
so sorry to hear of the passing of Palmer he was such a kind and wonderful man he will truly be missed our prayers and hugs go out to you all at this time .
Karalee (Colp) Kromko
Sorry to hear of Palmer’s passing. Please know that you are all in my thoughts & prayers. Take care of each other at this difficult time.
Jo & Don Sutherland
Condolences on your loss
Patty & John Campbell
We wish to express our deepest sympathies to you as you go forward in the days ahead and know that we are thinking of your. Take all your memories with you as you journey forward. You are in our thoughts and prayers.
Shirley & Paul Shot
Dear Elaine and family: Please accept our sincere condolences on the passing of your dad. I know he held a special place in your heart. God Bless.
Pam and Wayne Westhaver
So sorry for your loss,please accept our deepest sympathy, our thoughts are with you at this sad time.
David Whynott of mersey point
I am sorry to hear of your loss, Palmer was a great guy with a terriffic personality.My condolences to the family.
Richelle & Reg Parlee
Helen, Verna and Family,
My Dad and I wish to offer our deepest sympathy on Palmer’s passing. Our thoughts and prayers are with you at this difficult time. Cherish the wonderful memories as they will keep him close to your heart.
We have wonderful memories of Palmer! I don’t ever remember a time where he didn’t have a smile on his face! Despite any challenges life threw his way, he always faced life with a smile and positivity! We should all follow his tremendous example on how to live life!
I remember my Mom telling me about going to the store to pick up things and also the dances that she went to where Palmer played and Mom would dance with Helen. I have a beautiful and funny letter Palmer wrote my Mom on September 21, 1959, confirming that he and the band would play at my parent’s October 17, 1959 wedding. He said he had to hand write the letter because his “steno was on vacation on Coffin Island and the spare steno had a bad case of dandruff ” and that it was “a good thing they chose the 17th as they are in Charleston, South Carolina on 16th and on Broadway in New York on the 18th.” Haha! I know all that knew or just met Palmer remembered his smile, humour, kindness and zeal for life!
Peace & Love
Richelle & Reg
To my dear friend Elaine; My heart goes out to all the Colp girls for the loss of their father. Accept my deepest sympathy, my thoughts are with you at your time of need. He will be greatly missed by all who knew him.
Richard & Lynda McLeod
We were so sorry to hear of Palmer’s passing i remember as a little girl walking to the store and my husband Richard worked with him . God bless. Lynda & Richard.
Mike & Sandy Roy
So sorry to hear of your dad’s passing Wendy,Pam and to the rest of the family.I worked with Palmer at the bookbinding plant years ago and he was one of the nicest men you would ever want to meet.Please accept our sincere condolences.May he rest in peace. Mike and Sandy.
Miss my handsome grandfather , one of the most inspirational men I’ve ever met. Your going to make the best angel grampy
Marilyn & Ivan Huskins
Dear Verna and Family
I just want you to know, how sorry I am to see the passing
of your Dad. As I had mentioned to you that my mother and
your Dad had worked together at the Book Binding place.
He was such a nice man. Nothing ever seemed to bother him.
He always had a smile on his face whenever you met him.
So I just like to send you and your family our condolences
from Bob & Bernice Dorey and Marilyn & Ivan Huskins.
May God Bless you all at this time.
Mike & Marian Conrad
Sad to hear about Uncle Palmer’s passing. He was a remarkable man!! Despite all the curves life threw him he never allowed it to stand in his way as he lived life to the fullest.
I think it goes without saying that he was at his happiest when he was making others happy, entertaining them with his musical talents or telling a story. I have many fond memories of those times when we came together.
Sorry I can’t be there at this time. It would be fun to come together again and tell stories that are far too many to mention here. I hope we can do that sometime in the near future. In the meantime know that my prayers and thoughts are with you. I will miss him.
Blessings to all,
Carole and Leo (Sam) Sampson
Helen. Please know that our thoughts and prayers, are with you,and
your family at this sad time.Take Care
Carole and Sam
Mavis Delorey&Freda Muise
We offer our Condolences and prayers to the family at this difficult time.
Lillian and Borden Colp
Dear Helen and Family, we were sorry to hear of Palmer’s passing. He will be remembered by many for his musical talent, sense of humor, his huge smile and what I remember most is how proud the two of you were of your girls and how much you loved your family. Borden and I are thinking of you and all your family with love.
Bernie,Gail And David Selig
Aunt Helen and Family
We are sure going to miss Uncle Palmer. We had many great times and lots of marble games and also Queens.Aunt Helen you and Palmer were always so kind and giving.We are truly sadden by Uncle Palmers`s passing and we will miss him greatly,but I want you to know that we are better people for knowing him and we are blessed in the fact that we are related.We wish we could be there for you but travel at this time of year is not good.Please Aunt Helen and Family know that we love you and are thinking of you all at this time.Uncle Palmer rest in peace. We Love Ya Bunches Bernie ,Gail and David xoxoxoxo
Raymond & Jeane Harvey
Pam, Dale and family
We were so glad that we met your dad even though we only knew him for a short time. He showed his love of life and for his family. Please know that our thoughts are with all of you and are sorry we can’t be there with you.. Katie Court has lost a man who loved to have a good time.
Dear Wendy and Family
Sending my sincere condolences. God Bless ,you all during
this difficult time .
Patricia and Glenn Boone
We would like to express our sincerest sympathy to the entire family. We are so very sorry for your loss. Our thoughts and prayers are with all of you in this time of sadness.
Helen and family, Im so sorry for your loss. Palmer was such a pleasant man with a smile always! Ive know him my whole life and remember him playing music in our family home as a child. Great man and great family..xo thinking about you all!
Harry and Gail Gardner
Dear Helen and Family,
I first met Palmer as a child when I would visit my aunt Cynthia Hemeon in West Berlin. Years later both Gail and I worked one summer ( early 70’s) while we were in University at K&W Bookbinders.
We send you our sincere sympathy in the loss of a gentleman who loved people and music.
You will be in our prayers,
Harry and Gail Gardner
I was so sorry to hear about Uncle Palmer and I know he is in good hands and I know Mom and Dad are so happy to see him again up there. They will all be watching over us and all the memories we have of him will help us all get through this sad time. My thoughts and prayers are with you Aunt Helen and all your family. I am glad Bernie sent this to me so that I could see that wonderful video of Uncle Palmer. He was a very special person.and he was very much loved by all. Love to all.
My deepest heartfelt sympathy to you Helen and to all the family. Palmer’s true passion in life was his family n friends, his smile and his love for all who knew him shall live forever in our hearts – May you find comfort that the love you share will keep you connected always…Living forever….
Jean Shaw & Family
Aunt Helen and family,
We are all so sorry to hear of the loss of Uncle Palmer. He truly was a man in a million. We have so many fond memories of
him and that smile was always on his face. He was such a
special man and we will all miss him. Our hearts go out to
you all. Sending lots of love your way.
Jean and family.
Rosanne and Rick Cooper
Aunt Helen and family–Uncle Palmer was truly a gift from God and it was such a pleasure to have known him. How fortunate we all were for having him in our lives. His eyes sparkled so and his smile could light a room! We will miss him for sure, but I can promise you, he will never be forgotten.
God Bless you all–Rosanne and Rick Cooper
Our deepest sympathy to Helen and the family..Palmer will be greatly missed by his family and friends. With the help of good friends and family and the Lord above you’ll all get through this sad time. Bless you all Alethia, Tim, and Tony
Nellie Levy Crouse
Dear Helen and Family,
My deepest sympathy to you and your family at this sad time. There are so many whom have gone before him, he is sure to have a familiar crowd waiting for him. My thoughts are with you…
Richard & Pat Conrad
We are so very sorry that Palmer has left this beautiful world and all the people who loved,cherished and respected him. He was the dearest man who always had that wonderful smile on his face.We remember him as young people and into our senior years ourselves,thoughts of him always brought feelings of sweetness and joy to our hearts.To his family we extend our most sincere sympathy,imagining their loss.It is a beautiful legacy that he has left them,As the feelings of grief subside,those memories will prevail and the joy of Palmer will be there as well as his beautiful music will play in your hearts.May God give you all peace and know that many grieve with you,giving you strength and love. We will forever see his smile and that twinkle in his eyes.
Nancy and Richy Howard
Aunt Helen and family, So sorry to hear about Uncle Palmer. He indeed was such a special man, never complaining, but always living life to the fullest. A shining star, and we will miss him dearly.
Our hearts are with you at time. Sending lots of love and hugs your way.
Nancy and Richy Howard
Dear Helen and family,I was so sorry to hear of Palmer’s passing,He was a wonderful man with such a unique and positive outlook on life and he is still making me smile,even in my sorrow I remember so many good times had with my second family growing up in West Berlin ,My thoughts and prayers are with you all. Stella
Delbert & Mary Weare
Dear friends, when l was very young l used to attend dances at Clarance Delong’s dance hall in Kempt. Palmer and some friends used to come out and play for some of those dances. I used to enjoy his music and his smile very much. You may gather some comfort from the scripture at John 5:28,29. It speaks about the resurrection that Palmer will receive some day, then he can play his fiddle. Our sympathy Del & Mary
Bridget & Brian Dorey
Dear Helen, Elaine, Wendy, Verna, Pam and families
Uncle Palmer was a wonderful man with a wonderful heart. He will be missed by many. Treasure the memories and think that he is at peace and having a grand ole time with Grammie and Grampie and many friends. Our thoughts and prayers are with all of you.
So sorry for your loss. May you be comforted by the outpouring of love surrounding you.
Helen, I was so sorry to hear about Palmer, we sure had some good tims in days gone by. Condolences to all of his family.
Geraldine Stevens Williams
To the Colp family: My sincere sympathy to you all in the loss of your dear husband ,father, grandfather great grandfather and brother. May God’s presence be very near and real to comfort your hearts at this sad time.
Dorothea( Coade) and Emmett Ellsworth
Hi to Helen,Elaine,Wendy,Verna and Pam.
So sorry to hear that my cousin Palmer has passed,Emmett and myself were down to visit sometime ago .My dad Joseph Coade was Aunt Alice’s brother which makes Palmer and myself first cousins.My husband and myself enjoyed the video and I called my brothers Harold and George Coade to visit the site.My twin Donalda and hubby Jerry are currently visiting their daughter and husband and their 3 kids in Santigo Chili for Xmas.She lives in Pictou NS and saw Palmers death on the Chronicle website and e-mailed us.
We send all our love and comfort to you all ,at this time of great loss.
Dorothea and Emmett Ellsworth
16 Massey drive ,Charlottetown ,Pei .
To the Evans family,
So sorry for your loss, you have been in our thoughts and prayers.
Kristy Manuel and family
Kathleen & Ron Webster, Doris Wentzell
Dear Helen and Family,
So sorry to hear of Palmer’s passing. I fondly remember going into his store when we visited West Berlin where you were met by a big smile. Then there were all the dances where he played and brought joy to so many people. When Ron and I married in 1965, Palmer kindly agreed to play for the dance. Mom ( Doris) recalls so many good times she and Dad enjoyed with Palmer and you, Helen. May you find strength as you recall your years together. Our prayers are with you at this time.
Elaine, Ron also sends his condolences to you on the passing of your dad.
Helen, Elaine, Wendy, Verna, Pam and families. I’m so sorry to hear of Palmer’s passing. He was a wonderful person and I fondly remember going with Dad to his store which was a highlight of my day. I am sure that he always had a treat for the little ones. You are in my thoughts and prayers at this very difficult time.
Wendy I am so sorry to hear about your dad
I just found out
I know he will be so missed as when I think of him it makes me smile and brings back so many memories
Love to you all