Thomas R. Palmer, a longtime resident of Prince George’s County who worked for C&P Telephone Co. for 40 years, died of natural causes Nov. 19 at Anne Arundel Medical Center in Annapolis. He was 82.
He was born in Ironsides, Md., in Charles County, the youngest of nine children. The family moved to Anacostia when Mr. Palmer was 10. There he loved to play baseball and learned to work on old radios. It was during a baseball game with the Accokeek team in 1940 that he met Katherine Alice Marshall. They married two years later.
In 1941, Mr. Palmer began working for the C&P Telephone Co., and he worked there until he was drafted into the Army in 1942. He served with the 8th Armored Division in Europe during World War II. He was a veteran of the Battle of the Bulge, among other campaigns, and received a Purple Heart.
After the war, he returned to work for C&P, and worked there until 1981, when he retired. In 1982, he and his wife retired to Bradenton, Fla., where they resided until their return to Maryland in June.
Mr. Palmer is survived by his wife of 63 years, Katherine, of Bowie; a daughter, Donna P. Dotson, of Palmer, Alaska; a son, Richard M. Palmer, of Annapolis; two sisters, Ruth P. Burton of Greenbelt and Florence Brand of Arlington; five grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren.