Geraldine Carpenter Palmer (1919-2015): a Great Lady!

Dunany has lost a great lady!

Geraldine Carpenter Palmer – Gerry for those who knew her – passed away peacefully in Ottawa last week at age 96.

At 18, Gerry emigrated from England to Montreal where she taught herself photography, opened a Studio (bottom left) and became a full time news photographer. She was the only female photographer to be officially accredited to photograph both the first and second Quebec conferences in 1943 and 1944 (see picture with MacKenzie King, Roosevelt and Churchill below)) where the allies planned the freeing of Europe.

She also photographed Katherine Hepburn (top right) who was pitching War Bonds. She took the picture of Clear Lake covered with black ice in 1997.Geraldine Palmer Montage

She married Edward Henry (Peter) Palmer, a Mechanical Engineer (McGill), in 1953  and the following year bought a cottage on Clear Lake in Dunany. She said as soon as they drove up the road she knew it was the one – it had a huge “English Country Garden” – she didn’t need to go into the house! They sold their home in Montreal West and moved to the country permanently in 1966, a place and community that they both loved and would enjoy together for the next 50 years.

Peter and Geraldine Palmer

Peter and Geraldine Palmer

Gerry was an active gardener. As the children grew up, she took up golf and curling, sports Peter enjoyed. She was Ladies’ President of the local Dunany Country Club for 4 years, and a significant force in the Laurentian Interclub. She got a hole in one at the age of 79 and was embarrassed because she used her driver! In curling, she went to the Provincial Championships.

The Palmers have made an enormous contribution to the development of our great community through the Dunany Community Association of which Peter was the president from 1971 to 1973 and the Dunany Country Club which is now presided by their daughter Lynn.

I am sure the whole community joins me in offering it’s most sincere condolences to Lynn, Tom, Robin, Peter and the whole family. A celebration of her life will be held next summer in Dunany.

In her remembrance, donations to the Dunany Country Club – Centennial Fund would be appreciated. You can make them electronically by clicking here or  by check to Dunany Country Club, c/o Diana Minty, 2053 DunanyRoad, Wentworth, QC J8H 0B5


10 thoughts on “Geraldine Carpenter Palmer (1919-2015): a Great Lady!

  1. Robert Percy

    Condoleances to the Palmer children on the passing of their mum! Gerry and Peter were outstanding contributors to the fabric of the Dunany Community!

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  3. Peter Parsons

    Lots of great memories. A lovely lady. Still enjoying the photographs of her flowers. Sincere sympathies.

  4. Nancy Humber

    Condolences to Lynn, and the family. What wonderful memories. Quite a lady!

  5. Careen Latt

    My memories of Gerry are mostly from the curling club. That generation defined friendship and laughter. Lovely lady. Every year I was on Peter’s fiddlehead delivery list. I always thought it endearing that he would tell me he was heading home to his ‘bride’. Lovely Couple. We forever miss our parents. Sincerest sympathy to all the family..

  6. Cathy Riviere

    Our sympathies to the family. She sounds like she was an amazing and awesome women. A real dynamo. One to aspire to. Our thoughts are with you.

    John and Cathy Riviere

  7. Robyn Salvatore

    Our condolences to you. She sounds like an amazing lady! God bless.

  8. Barbara and Neil Hindle

    Lynn, Robin, Peter and your wonderful families,
    Our memories of Gerry are of a most accomplished, and talented
    woman who welcomed us warmly to her home. She and Peter shared
    their talents generously with their community with a lovely
    joie de vivre
    Their greatest legacy is their wonderful family
    Love, Barbara and Neil

  9. Christine Minty

    I am very sorry for your loss. Please accept my condolences.

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