Robert "Bob" E. Palmer, Jr. October 30, 2015 Robert "Bob" E. Palmer, Jr., 65, a resident of the village of Liverpool, was surrounded by his family as he passed away peacefully on October 30, 2015, at the Boston Medical Center. Bob died as a result of complications from light chain amyloidosis, an aggressive, rare blood disorder. Bob was predeceased by his father, Robert Palmer, Sr.; stepfather, Richard S. Shineman; brother-in-law, Stephen Barker, and Duke, his cat of 16 years. His memory will be forever cherished by Floris, his beloved wife of 43 years, daughter, Megan, and son-in-law, Brian Luton, grandchildren, Reed and Willa Luton, son, Kevin Palmer, and daughter-in-law, Jenny Palmer; mother, Barbara Shineman; sister, Kathy Barker, and countless dear friends and neighbors. After Bob retired, his favorite day of the week was the one he got to spend babysitting his grandchildren; he absolutely loved being their "Pa-Beard"! Bob was born in Ithaca, NY and spent most of his childhood in Oswego, NY. Bob graduated with a B.S. in Psychology from State University of New York at Oswego in 1972, an M.S. in Special Education from Syracuse University in 1973, and a C.A.S. in School Psychology from State University of New York at Oswego in 1976. He had a long career as a dedicated school psychologist, working with the Southwestern School District, the North Syracuse Central School District and the Liverpool Central School District. Bob was a kind, caring and insightful educator for 30 years, proudly helping children from preschool to high school. Most recently he worked at Longbranch Elementary, Liverpool Early Intervention Program, Nate Perry Elementary, and Wetzel Road Elementary; he thought very highly of his colleagues and teammates and was honored to consider many of them among his friends. Bob had many interests and spent his spare time making his body and mind stronger. Bob loved running and competed in many local running races as well as completing 15 marathons, including the Boston Marathon in 1988. His family fondly remembers his years-long running streaks and his ice-covered beard after winter runs in sub-zero temperatures. Bob also loved bicycling, especially in Onondaga Lake Park where he could often be seen bicycling 14 miles a day. He felt honored to be one of the "Park People" and looked forward to visiting with his many friends and acquaintances that also spent time in the park daily. Bob was an avid reader of history and nonfiction and was always happy to engage in a spirited discussion or provide a thoughtful review of a book. His favorite book was To Kill a Mockingbird and Bob worked to emulate the integrity, wisdom and sense of honor that was portrayed in the book in his personal and professional life. Bob was a great sports fan and dedicated supporter of the Syracuse Orangemen, Buffalo Bills, Minnesota Vikings, Red Sox and Celtics. Bob loved going to movies with his wife, friend and constant companion, Floris. They also shared a love of theater and were regular patrons of Syracuse Stage and Famous Artists Broadway Touring shows. Bob's favorite places to travel were Cape May, New Jersey and Wakefield, Massachusetts, where his son and daughter-in-law live. A 3K walk/run in celebration of Bob's life will take place in the late spring of 2016, and all contributions will go to funding research and education at the Amyloidosis Clinic at Boston Medical Center, where Bob received great care and kindness.