Selah S. Palmer, 92, a longtime resident of Colchester, passed away peacefully on March 23, 2018 at Apple Rehab Colchester.
He was born on January 8, 1926, the youngest of five children of the late Selah and Eva (Greene) Palmer of Mansfield, CT. Selah served in the US Army in Korea during the Korean War. He was proud to be a 58 year member of the Grange, and a 60 year member of the Colchester Fish and Game Club.
He had a great love of the outdoors. In his younger years, he maintained extensive gardens, delighting in sharing vegetables and flowers with anyone who came to his door. Until infirmity made it impossible, he enjoyed hiking in the woods and paddling his canoe in the lakes and rivers of Connecticut and beyond.
Selah was predeceased by his parents and four siblings. He was able to live independently in the family homestead up to one month ago, thanks to the devoted support of friends, neighbors and the Meals on Wheels drivers, many of whom became friends. The family wishes to thank those individuals for making this possible.
Selah had a wonderful and wry sense of humor which was sometimes misunderstood. One had only to look at the sparkle in his blue eyes and the tiny grin to know that he was teasing. He was an avid and eclectic reader who read at least three books a week. He had a great memory for everything that he read and was able to reach back for details years after reading a book. The dedicated staff and volunteers at Cragin Memorial Library in Colchester faithfully kept him in reading material, delivering baskets of books to his home when he became homebound. They have our gratitude for providing this service.
He is survived by six nieces and nephews. In keeping with his wishes, there will be no services. Interment will take place at the family plot in Linwood Cemetery at a later date.
To share a memory or leave a condolence, please visit www.belmontfh.com. The family encourages those wishing to make a memorial donation in Selah’s name to consider the Cragin Memorial Library, 8 Linwood Avenue, Colchester, CT. 06415
Arrangements are in the care of Belmont Funeral Home.