Obituary of Jay Taylor Palmer


Jay Taylor Palmer of Greenfield, MA and Shaftsbury, VT

Born: January 19, 1944, Southbridge, MA

Died: October 8, 2017, Shaftsbury, VT

Jay T. Palmer grew up in in Greenfield, MA and graduated in 1962 from Greenfield High School. He graduated from Norwich University in 1966 with a BA in History and a commission as 2nd Lieutenant in the U.S. Army. He received his MA in American History from Sam Houston State University and was a teacher in the History Department.

Jay entered the U.S. Army in 1969 as a 2LT of Armor. After the Army Officers School at FT. Knox, he was assigned as a troop commander in the 3rd Cavalry Regiment at Ft. Lewis. Shortly after he was posted to South Korea as an Infantry company commander. After a short tour at Ft. Dix, CPT Palmer left active duty in 1971. He continued his active duty in 1990 for Operation Desert Shield and spent a year at Forces Command at Ft. McPherson. His military career ended as Lieutenant Colonel with 28 years of service.

Mr. Palmer was a foreman with Sprague Electric Company and Steiner Film Inc. from 1973 to 1988. He was team chief for TRW in Saudi Arabia, developing curriculum for the Royal Saudi Land Forces Infantry School from 1993 to 1995. He and his wife opened several restaurants in the area, built a “Bow House” in Pownal on North West Hill Rd. and refurbished colonial homes throughout their marriage. His civic duty continued into his retirement as a volunteer docent for the Bennington Museum and with service on the local community board. The crowning achievement of his craftsmanship is his renovated Colonial Farmhouse in Shaftsbury, VT.

He is survived by his 3 Children, Daniel, Jennifer and Matthew, his beloved granddaughter, Taylor, and his sister Gale and brother Clark.

A gathering will be held on Wednesday, October 11. Condolences may be made through

13 Responses to Obituary of Jay Taylor Palmer

  1. My thoughts are with you and your family. I graduated with Jay from GHS in 1962.

    • Jay will long be remembered by class of ’62 GHS…saw him at our 50th reunion…such a pleasure…thoughts and prayers to you all…Kathy Lynch McCord

    • Hi Jane,

      I believe my father Jay was on his way to his high school reunion in August when he suddenly fell ill and had to turn around. It was an event he always looked forward to.

      Thank you,

  2. Went to high school with Jay, I just found out about his passing from Jim Gariepy. Sorry to hear the news, Looks like he had an interesting life and great family.
    We were friends and I’ll always remember going over to his house and getting a ride in his mothers new VW bug.
    Our friendship kind of got lost after high school and I lost track of Jay as I moved out west and never returned to Greenfield, except for occasional visits.
    To Jays family, your dad and husband was a great kid and one of the truly good guys, Never forget his hair cut, flat top with wings on the side.
    RIP, Jay
    Your old friend (Hans). Frank Michael Taylor
    Cell. 602-315-4869

  3. Thoughts and prayers with you and your family

  4. Our thoughts and prayers are with the family.

  5. Taylor,
    I’m so sorry for your loss. I remember your grandfathers warm smile and his kind and loving aura very well. Thinking of you.

  6. Taylor,
    I’m so sorry for your loss. I remember your grandfathers warm smile and kind and loving aura very well. Thinking of you.

  7. Like Fank Taylor, I was a close High School friend of Jay Jay and adventure were part of his being. I remember trips to Lyden in his VW bug and going off road like an ATV I remember learning to ski which he mastered better than me. I remember hikes into the woods to check out the wild life. To Jay’s family I express sorrow for your loss. Gone but not forgotten Howie

    with love Howie

    • That sounds just like him Howie. Till the very end he had a never ending spirit.

      Thank you,
      Dan Palmer

  8. So shocked to hear of Jay’s passing….I wondered where he was at our 55th high school reunion in August….Like Howie, we went on Sunday drives in the VW taking back roads where we never knew we would end up…lots of exploring, football games, school dances…wonderful memories…My heartfelt sympathy to Gale, Clark, Daniel, Jennifer, Matthew and Taylor

  9. Hi Nancy,

    Jay intrigued us with his comments of you over the years. Sounds like you had something special. I’ve viewed your high school photos many times. I’m glad you were a part of his life.

    Daniel Palmer

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