Ian C. Palmer

Ian was given the gift of life, and has now had to give it back at the early age of 54. This is heartbreaking for everyone who remains.

We will miss his daily love, his deep vibrating and room-carrying voice; his kind actions and thought provoking words; his humor, sarcasm and “crossing the line” (as his kids would yell, laughing); his incredible grit, fairness, and tenacity in business and in life; and his unwavering ability to make everyone around him feel heard, seen, and relevant.

Ian has always reached out and lent a hand to anyone in need, providing guidance and support to family and friends at any time of day or night. He has been from all reports “the most amazing friend I will ever have”. Ian has served on the board of the Beveridge Family Foundation from 1998 – 2016 as well as the Chesapeake Region Accessible Boating (CRAB) board.

Ian has been surrounded by the most loving family his entire life and is survived by his wife Nancy Palmer, parents Desire Palmer (George Cardono) and Geoffrey Palmer (Giannina De Bernardis), children Fred G. Palmer, Aidan H. Palmer, Louisa M.H. Palmer and stepson Wyatt W.Martineau, brothers Gorham Palmer (Elizabeth and Caleb G. Palmer) and Jabez W. Palmer (Anne Phyfe, Lily and Coco Palmer).

Ian has lived his adventurous life crossing oceans and visiting 4 continents in a 42’ sailboat with his father and two brothers, Bermuda Race sailing, raising and loving 3 amazing children, driving dusty roads in Kabul to meet telecommunication customers, and cycling downhill mountain roads in Morocco. He founded and acted as CEO of New Energy Equity (started in 2010, and ranked by Solar Power World in 2019 as the 36th largest solar company in the US), realized his dream of living aboard a 46’ sailboat in Annapolis, MD and then found unending love, peace and happiness with his wife Nancy on the shores of Rhode Island once again.

Some stories should continue for many years as they add to the overall color and kindness of the world, but unfortunately Ian’s life story has ended on March 5, 2020. We are all at a loss to understand how to continue without him, but know it’s what he expects and desires.

In his honor and memory we will continue to have our yearly family thanksgiving gatherings in fun locales, get together with family and friends to tell stories, laugh, cry and remember to be kind to each other as Ian has always inspired us to do.

His story continues in all of us.

His funeral will be held on Monday, March 9, 2020 at 10:30 AM in the PERRY-MCSTAY FUNERAL HOME, 2555 Pawtucket Avenue, East Providence. Burial will be held in Juniper Hill Cemetery, Bristol, RI. Calling hours will be held on Sunday from 3-6.


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