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Date of Passing: Jan 19, 2014

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EDWARD JAMES PALAMAR Ed died peacefully at the Concordia Hospital in Winnipeg on January 19, 2014. He was devoted to his wife of 55 years, Lorraine and was extremely proud of his three sons, David, Mark (Michelle) and Garth (Lissa) and six grandsons, Adam, Eric, Colin, Matt, Kyle and Nick. He will be sorely missed by all of them as well as numerous other family members and friends. He was born in 1932 to immigrant parents in Winnipeg's North End. A natural athlete, he learned to play hockey on the outdoor rink in the school yard near his home. At age 16, at the urging of friends, he played his first year of organized hockey in Winnipeg's adult commercial hockey league. His ability to inflict punishing body checks on opposition forwards soon caught the eye of the local scout for the Detroit Red Wings and the next year he joined the Wings' junior affiliate, the Windsor Spitfires of the OHL. He finished his junior year as the Captain of the Spitfires and then turned professional playing for a number of different teams in eastern Canada and the United States. The impending birth of his first son necessitated looking for a steady job closer to home so Ed decided to join the Winnipeg Fire Department. He spent 36 years as a firefighter retiring in 1996 as a District Chief. For the first few years of his firefighting career he continued to play hockey part time in the Manitoba Senior League as playing coach for the Warroad Lakers. Ed spent a number of years of his firefighting career on the Rescue Unit of Fire Hall Number One. On the Rescue Unit, he was exposed to more than his fair share of tragedy but there were also many gratifying moments including helping in the delivery of a baby girl at her home. A private service will be held at a later date. Flowers gratefully declined. Donations may be made to a charity of your choice. Thanks to Dr. Czaykowski at CancerCare, Dr. St. Godard, Palliative Care and the staff of Concordia Hospital for their care and kindness.

As published in Winnipeg Free Press on Jan 25, 2014

Condolences & Memories (7 entries)

  • Ed was one of the most honest, friendly, helpful men I've known. Always quick with a smile and hard to anger. I'll miss you Eddie. God Speed.... - Posted by: Ken McMullen (Firefighter with Ed) on: Apr 17, 2014

  • Never saw Ed upset the few times I met and worked with him. I always remembered him by his smile exactly the one shared in the picture above. Steve said it ,he was a mentor and someone you wanted to emulate as you progressed in our chosen career. - Posted by: mike robson (firefighter) on: Mar 22, 2014

  • Chief Palmar is a true hero, teacher and mentor. He saw the good in everyone whatever their skill set. Always methodical in his approach to life he shared everything with everyone. His wisdom towards life was always a trait you wanted to emulate. You wanted to be like the Chief. Thank you to your family for all your sacrifice throughout your career as a firefighter always a gentleman and scholar. - Posted by: Stephen Sumka (Firefighter friend ) on: Jan 27, 2014

  • Yes, Ed loved Loraine dearly, and was very proud of all his family. A number of years ago, Ed was a fellow firefighter of my husband, Michael. They played hockey together for the firefighters, and in the summer they went on many fishing trips together. Hole #19 was always the secret hole where many fish were caught. Loraine, may all your besutiful memories sustain you at this difficult time. - Posted by: Min Prymak (Friend) on: Jan 25, 2014

  • Great Captain, Mentor and true Friend. My thoughts are with you. - Posted by: Marv Oehlerking (Fellow Firefighter ) on: Jan 25, 2014

  • Lorraine and family, so sorry to hear of your loss, Ed was such a good person. - Posted by: wayne and karen evans (friend and fellow fire-fighter) on: Jan 25, 2014

  • Eddie you gave so much to your Bros. & sister . Whether the way you played on the ice or the dedication you showed to your job you showed great leadership with your quiet dedicated way. RIP Brother. - Posted by: Bruce Hallmuth (Brother Firefighter) on: Jan 25, 2014

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