Wilbur Herbert "Webb"'s Story
Wilbur Herbert (“Webb”) Palmer, 80, of Derry, N.H., died Tuesday, September 27, 2016, at the Elliot Hospital, Manchester, N.H., after a period of declining health. Webb was born in Derry on December 10, 1935, a son of the late John M. Palmer, Sr. and Florence (Dougan) Palmer and was a lifelong resident. He was a 1953 graduate of Pinkerton Academy in Derry and was a graduate of the Thompson School of Agriculture in 1955, earned his Bachelor’s degree in agriculture at UNH in 1959, and UNH awarded him his Master’s degree in Agricultural Education in 1969. Webb served three years with the US Marine Corp, and 35 years in the U.S. Army Reserves, retiring as LTC. Through the years, he was employed as a Vocational Agriculture teacher at Colebrook Academy, Colebrook, N.H., and Alvirne High School, Hudson, N.H. For a time, he was a general science teacher in the Hudson School District. In later years, he was the Vocational Director at Alvirne High School.
For over 20 years, Webb worked out the plans, details, and funding to bring to fruition his dream of providing expanded vocational education opportunities for Alvirne’s students through hands-on experiences. He wrote a grant to the State Department of Education; legislation was written and the bill to provide 6.3 million dollars for construction of the vocational center passed in Concord. Construction began in April 1991; the center opened in September 1992, and a formal dedication was held in January 1993. The Town of Hudson, by unanimous vote, named the facility the Wilbur H. Palmer Vocational Technical Center in honor of his dedication to Hudson’s students.
He is survived by his wife, Marjorie “Marge” Palmer of Derry; his son, David Palmer and his wife, Paula, of Concord, N.H.; his daughter, Melissa Polk of Derry; four grandchildren, Danielle and Jessica Palmer, Ashlynn and Rebecca Polk; three step-grandchildren, Keeley, Raenor and Levi; two step-great-grandchildren; two nieces and two nephews. He was predeceased by his brother, John M. Palmer, Jr.
Private burial was in Forest Hill Cemetery, East Derry. The public is invited to a celebration of Webb’s life, followed by a reception to take place on Saturday, October 15, 2016, at 1 p.m. at Alvirne High School’s gymnasium, Route 102, Hudson, N.H. To send a condolence or for more information, please visit www.peabodyfuneralhome.com.
Memorial donations may be made for scholarships to the Wilbur Palmer Scholarship Fund, c/o Alvirne High School, 200 Derry Rd, Hudson, NH 03051 or NH FFA Foundation, 295 Sheepdavis Road, Concord, NH 03301, or Educational Foundation of AGR, c/o David Bronson, 5 Vanessa Lane, Stratham, NH 03883.
Published on  October 6, 2016