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Frank R. ‘Bob’ Palmer, retired railroad conductor served in the Navy

March 14, 1936 – April 1, 2016

Frank Robert “Bob” Palmer of Buffalo, a retired railroad conductor, died April 1 in Elderwood at Lancaster after a short illness. He was 80.

Born in Buffalo, he served in the Navy from 1956 to 1960, primarily aboard the submarine USS Medregal, based in Norfolk, Va., and Pearl Harbor, Hawaii.

Returning from service, he became a conductor on freight trains for Erie Lackawanna Railroad and later for Conrail and CSX Transportation. He retired in 2001.

A master Mason, Mr. Palmer was a longtime member of Hiram Lodge 105, Free & Accepted Masons.

He enjoyed singing and had been a member of the choir at Eastern Hills Wesleyan Church, where he also took part in some mission trips.

In retirement, he enjoyed traveling and visiting family on the West Coast.

Survivors include two daughters, Cheryl Conder and Suzan Dussault; and a granddaughter.

A celebration of his life will be held at 9 a.m. June 17 in Buffalo and Erie County Naval and Military Park, 1 Naval Park Cove.

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