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Leonard Palmer, 92, Norwalk Sports Fanatic

NORWALK, Conn. – Leonard T. Palmer, 92, of Norwalk, died April 19 at Bridgeport Manor.

Palmer was born Nov. 5, 1919 in South Norwalk, a son of the late Wallace E. and Estella M. (Eason) Palmer. A Norwalk High School graduate, he was a dedicated and loyal supporter of the sports programs, including girls' softball and men's basketball.

A sports fanatic, he loved the New York Yankees and New York Giants. He also enjoyed watching the University of Connecticut men's and women's basketball teams. He was a die-hard fan of the Sacred Heart University women's softball and men's basketball teams, as well as Raybestos Brakettes men's and women's softball teams.

Although sports seemed to consume his life, his greatest love was his family, especially for his grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Palmer was married to the former Dorothy Thompson, who predeceased him in 2011.

Palmer's love for helping others started at a young age, when he enlisted in the U.S. Army. There, he served during World War II to protect the freedom of others and returned home safely with numerous decorations and citations. Locally, he contributed to many organizations throughout his lifetime.

Professionally, Palmer worked in the retail food industry his entire life. He was employed by A&P Supermarket for many decades and retired as produce manager.

Leonard is survived by three daughters, Linda Gaita, of Newtown, Janet (Steve) Dudek, of Stamford, and Kathy (John) Buer, of Harrison, N.Y.; two sons, Harry (Thuhuong) Palmer, of Norwalk, and Alan Palmer, of Norwalk; two brothers, Everett Palmer and Richard Palmer, both of Norwalk; a sister, Dorothy Prybilski of New Milford, Conn.; and 13 grandchildren and 19 great-grandchildren. He was predeceased a brother, Wallace Palmer; and a sister, Evelyn Kydes.

The funeral will be at 11 a.m. Monday in the chapel of Bosak Funeral Home , in Stamford. The Rev. Tisha Jermin of Norwalk United Methodist Church will officiate. Interment with military honors will follow in Willowbrook Cemetery in Westport.

Memorial contributions may be made to Bridgeport Manor, 540 Bond St., Bridgeport, CT 06610 or VITAS Hospice, 99 Hawley Lane., Suite 1204, Stratford, CT 06614.

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