BROOKFIELD — William F. “Billy” Palmer, III, 59, of Brookfield died unexpectedly at his home on Monday, December 24, 2018.

He leaves two daughters, Melissa A. Palmer of Brookfield and Christine L. Palmer also of Brookfield; his mother Beverly MacLeod and step-father William MacLeod of Brookfield; four sisters, Nancy Plimpton and her husband Fred of Sturbridge, Sharon Charvat of Brimfield, Patricia Palmer of Sturbridge and Linda MacLeod of Brookfield. He also leaves his long-time special love, April J. Downey, several nieces, and many  friends.  He was predeceased by his sister Beverly Wellman in 1993.  He was born in Worcester, son of the late William F. Palmer Jr., and has lived in Brookfield for nearly 50 years.

Billy was a skilled auto mechanic, and worked at Woodard’s Garage in Brookfield for 38 years.  With a competitive nature, he played in the Adult Softball League in North Brookfield, and a bowling league in Southbridge.  He also enjoyed playing competitive cornhole at Rapscallion Brewery in Fiskdale, and most recently picked up the game of golf.  When the weather was nice, he could be regularly seen riding around town on his Harley Davidson motorcycle, or working in his yard.

Calling hours for Billy will be held on Sunday, December 30, 2018 from 2 to 5 p.m. in the Varnum Funeral Home, Inc., 43 East Main St., in West Brookfield.  A Graveside Service will be held on Friday, January 4, 2019 at 1 p.m. in the Brookfield Cemetery.    In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the Brookfield Fire Department Battalion, 4 Central St., Brookfield, MA 01506 or to the Brookfield Police Association, P.O. Box 306, Brookfield, MA 01506.

An online guest book is available at varnumfuneralhome.com

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