Dale Palmer

Dale Elizabeth Palmer (Haskett)

Wednesday, May 30th, 1945 - Thursday, June 25th, 2020
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Our vibrant, beautiful, funny, resourceful and complicated Dale passed away peacefully at Southlake Regional Health Centre in Newmarket, on Thursday June 25th, 2020, in her 75th year. She will be remembered with great love, affection and amusement by her daughters Emmy and Erin, son-in-law Trajan, nephew Derek Stevens along with her great niece and nephew, Courtney and Jacob. Dale was the dearest sister of the late Sherry Haskett and a most cherished daughter of the late George and Ruby Haskett.
As an outgoing and energetic child growing up in Newmarket, Dale enthusiastically participated in all sorts of activities, with dancing and figure skating being favourites. Summers were spent up at the cottage on Lake Simcoe where family and friends swam the days away.
As a teenager at Newmarket High, Dale discovered the joys of pop music becoming a lifelong Beatles fan. Collecting records and dancing at TeenTown became obsessions. This love also led her to the famous Yorkville folk music scene. It was there where she met her husband Bruce Palmer, bassist for local band the Mynah Birds. Relocating to California with Bruce, Dale enjoyed a front row seat to the musical happenings in the iconic Laurel Canyon. Along with Neil Young and Stephen Stills, Bruce became part of one the sixties most influential bands, the Buffalo Springfield. And Dale was there for it all.
Returning to Newmarket after her divorce with two children, Dale attended Seneca College, studying library sciences. Upon graduation, she began work at the Newmarket Public Library where she was a dynamic fixture for many years. Eager for a bit of change, Dale then decided to study the culinary arts at George Brown College. She graduated top of her class.
Dale also spent many years working in the offices of several local doctors.
Upon retiring at age sixty-five, Dale eagerly embraced her freedom, spending the majority of her time in her delightful garden. Dale's backyard fire pit was a neighbourhood hub for many summers. Her easy, chatty nature attracted many friends to sit in her red Adirondack chairs ready for laughs and lively conversation.
She was a member of the Newmarket Horticultural Society, a fervent supporter of the shops on Main Street and loved attending the farmers market every Saturday morning.
She adored books and film and possessed a never-ending desire to learn.
Throughout her life, Dale truly embraced the unconventional. She was perfectly happy to approach living in her own unique way; with zest, humour and ingenuity.
She will be dearly missed by all who knew her.
Special thanks to the staff at Southlake, particularly the Palliative Care Team, Dr. Mary-Beth Bourne and the PSWs who cared for Dale in her home.
If desired, memorial donations may be made to the Canadian Cancer Society.
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Kathy O'Reilly

Posted at 10:52pm
Dear Emmy and Erin. I am so very sorry for the loss of your wonderful mother. At Christmas dinners with our mutual employers, she regaled us with stories about her adventures and about her love for you both. She was a wonderful caregiver herself, to her parents who lived across the road from her--truly a kind and loyal person whose love for life was a source of pride for her, and of awe to me. We had many conversations late at night while she was working. She said "you have to read the book "A Little Prince" which I have to this day. Again, she gave me reason to admire her courage to living life her own way--riding her bike or walking home late at night no matter the weather, with no thoughts for her safety. You're right Dale, someone was looking after you. Every time I pass her house on Eagle Street a tear will drop for the wonderful lady who resided within. May God be with you in the days ahead. He has an angel by His side.

lynne westlake

Posted at 09:53am
I am so very sorry to read of your mother's passing. She was "one of a kind" doubt about that.
Lynne Mertens Westlake

Marisa Gatto Posted at 12:37pm

My sincerest condolences Emmy. Sounds like a very full life lived in a way that made her happy. May some good memories bring you peace. Love, Marisa Gatto

Emmy Palmer Posted at 03:01pm

Thank you Lynne. It's Emmy, Dale's oldest here. Both my sister and I was very fortunate to have a mum who was an attentive mother but also a lot fun.

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