Horace A. Palmer, 62, electrical contractor Restaurant named sandwich for him


Horace A. Palmer, a retired electrical contractor, died Wednesday of cancer at Good Samaritan Hospital. The Monkton resident was 62.

He retired this year from Palmer Electric, which he founded in 1967, for health reasons.

For years, Mr. Palmer ate breakfast and lunch almost daily at the Wagon Wheel on York Road, the only restaurant in Hereford, which named a sandwich after him.

Betty Winner, owner of the restaurant, said, "If he was within 10 miles of this place, he'd come for breakfast and lunch, and always sat at what we call the 'B.S. table' back by the kitchen door. He always sat there and would get peeved if he came in and saw someone else sitting there. Because he came in here all the time, we decided to name a sandwich after him.

"The No. 59, which is the Horace A. Palmer, is a ham club with bacon, lettuce, tomato and onion, and has to be held together with blue toothpicks -- he didn't like any other color than blue. And he always wanted it served without pickles and chips," she said.

The Winner and Palmer families became close and spent vacations together.

"They asked me to say something at the funeral, but I don't know if I'll be able to," Mrs. Winner said. "Oh, what a super guy. This community is really going to miss him."

Mr. Palmer built his Monkton home and restored his 1878 boyhood home in Hereford. The facade of the house was celebrated in Victoria Magazine in 1989 as a "perfect representation of Gothic scroll-lace."

He was a member of the Hereford Planning Committee, which developed a nationally recognized community development plan, and was named president of the Hereford Community Association recently.

The Hereford native was a 1950 graduate of Sparks High School.

He is survived by his wife of 42 years, the former Rebecca J. Williar; two sons, David A. Palmer of Freeland and Robert E. Palmer of Columbia; two daughters, Debra Scharnagle of Owings Mills and Jo-Ann Palmer Hofmann of Kingsville; a brother, Russell Palmer of Ocala, Fla.; his mother, Pearl E. Palmer; and a sister, Betty Green, both of Westminster; and three grandchildren.

Services were to be held at 2 p.m. today at Hereford United Methodist Church, 16931 York Road, Parkton, with interment in Hereford Baptist Church Cemetery.

Memorial donations may be made to the First Baptist Church of Hereford Mission Fund, 24 Mount Carmel Road, Parkton 21120.

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