Philip A. “Phil” Palmer - Spicer-Mullikin Funeral Homes & Crematory

Philip A. “Phil” Palmer

Born April 10, 1940

Philip A. Phil Palmer, age 75, of Newark, DE, passed away unexpectedly on Friday, April 17, 2015.

Born in Linden, NJ on April 10, 1940, Phil was the son of the late Philip E. and Josephine (Weiss) Palmer. He made his career as a chemical engineer with the DuPont Company, retiring in 2000 after 35 years. Phil earned his Bachelors and Masters degrees in Chemical Engineering from Cornell University. In addition, he earned a Masters of Science degree in Environmental Engineering from Drexel University. Phil served on the National Research Council in Washington, D.C.

In his retirement, Phil thoroughly enjoyed making stained glass creations, gardening, reading a wide variety of books on his Kindle, listening to classical music, and keeping up on the latest in politics. Tai Chi was one of Phil’s passions and eventually he became an instructor.

Phil is survived by his loving wife of 48 years, Suzanne (Yost) Palmer; children, Philip A. Palmer, Jr. of Seattle, WA and, Kathy J. Palmer of Wilmington, DE. His love and wisdom will be greatly missed.

Funeral Services will be held privately.


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9 Condolences for Philip A. “Phil” Palmer

  • To The Palmer Family,
    Please accept my deepest condolences for the loss of your husband and father. I can’t even begin to express how saddened I was by his passing. You are all in my prayers.
    Blessed to have met him and I am sorry for your loss.

  • Dear Palmer Family,

    I am truly sorry for your loss. Phil was a great man, friend and colleague of mine. Working with Phil at DuPont Engineering, he provided me with outstanding professional guidance, mentorship and friendship. I also received my degree in Chemical Engineering from Cornell University, so we had that special bond. He gave me great inspiration and direction in my career. I will always have the utmost respect and admiration for Phil’s knowledge and accomplishments. I also really love and agree with all the “Letters to the Editor” that Phil submitted to the News Journal over the years. I hope you will find solace in the remembrance of Phil’s tremendous life as a husband, father and friend. I will never forget him. My deepest condolences.
    Rest in peace, Phil.

    Bill Murphy

  • A real gentleman, a fine engineer who exemplified the best of DuPont from the “Golden years.”

  • Dear Palmer Family,
    We miss talking with Phil and seeing him putter in the yard. We have many memories of Phil that we will treasure He was a wise and kind man. We were blessed to know him and call him ‘friend.’ It is our hope that your memories plus the love and support of family and friends comfort you. We send our sincere condolences, thoughts, and prayers.
    With deep regard,
    Bill and Marilyn Litchfield

  • To the Palmer Family:

    I am very sorry for your loss. I worked with Phil on a few environmental projects at DuPont. He was a deep thinker, a wonderful mentor, a kind person and one of the best listeners I know. I send you my sincerest condolences.

    With sympathy, Nancy Grosso

  • Dear Suzanne and family,
    I have many fond memories of working with Phil in what was then the Engineering Services Division of DuPont. He was an inspiration and a mentor to so many young engineers including myself. In particular, his humility and professionalism made a strong impression. Everyone that worked with Phil had a tremendous respect for his advice and wise counsel. He was a friend as well as a colleague that we could always count on for help, whether technical or personal. I pray that your memories will bring some measure of peace and comfort to you during this difficult time.
    With sympathy, Ken Wood

  • Dear Palmer family,
    Suzanne and family, I am so sorry to hear of your loss. Phil was such a gentleman and friend to me. Without a doubt, Phil was one of the highest quality people I ever had the pleasure to meet. I can truly say as I reflect back that I have all fond memories working with Phil. One thing was for sure, I always felt Phil was there for me if needed. Words cannot express the sorrow I feel in Phil’s passing, but rest assured Phil is in a better place and is at peace.
    I pray for strength and comfort for the family.
    God bless.
    Rich Landis

  • Dear Suzie and family,
    Phil was a great friend from the time we met in the 4th grade in Linden, NJ. We always had wonderful time discussing many things from cars through politics. I will miss him and especially his comments on my blog.

    Thank you Suzie for keeping us informed and we will always keep you in our thoughts and prayers.
    God bless you,
    Peggy and Ed Peterson

  • Knew Phil for years in Linden. He was a bad tennis player but a good friend. Thoughts and prayers to his family.