February 14, 1961 - March 6, 2014
February 14, 1961 – March 6, 2014
Over the past couple of years, Peter’s favorite scripture became something that he had practiced and held onto during his up and down battle with cancer. The verse reads, “He will keep in perfect peace him whose mind is steadfast, because he trusts in You (Lord).” (Isaiah 26:3) His courage and bravery was a demonstration of this verse. No matter how difficult the journey, he remained hopeful, trusting in the Lord for all things.
Peter Patrick Palmer was born in Manchester, Jamaica on February 14, 1961, a sweet Valentine weighing over 10 pounds! He was the youngest of 13 other siblings, raised in a Christian home.
Peter was determined to make a better life for himself and was diligent in his studies. He was always interested in seeing how things work. He would pull apart electronics and try to put them back together again. His first job was in Jamaica at the telephone company.
He received a scholarship to travel to one of three countries to get his Masters Degree. He chose St. Petersburg, Russia! He spent a year learning the language, and the final five years achieving his masters in Telecommunications Engineering. While there, his son Anton was born.
In 1993 he was offered an engineering position with Nokia World Headquarters in Finland. He traveled to almost every country in the world. About three years later, he was transferred to Nokia’s offices in Sydney, Australia.
Little did he know that when he was relocated to the Irving, Texas office in 1997 – on a temporary assignment – that Texas would become Anton’s and his permanent home. He met his wife, Alainna in December of that year. From the moment they met, they were inseparable! Alainna fell for his amazing physique and his “to die for” Jamaican accent! Peter called her his “Cinderella”.
Their daughter, Emily was born in 1999, and the family bought a house in Frisco. In 2001, they found a church home in Plano where he rededicated his life to Christ. He was actively involved in church, teaching Sunday school for the four to five year old children. The kids adored him! He had a silliness about him that made the kids want to be around him. When word got out that he had an amazing singing voice, he was quickly recruited on the praise and worship team. Just watching him worship the Lord with such fervor had blessed many people.
One of his favorite quotes learned from his dad was, “Labor for learning before you grow old; for learning is better than silver or gold. Silver and gold will vanish away, but a good education will never decay.” Never tiring of learning, Peter pursued a second Masters Degree in Business in 2005. This year he celebrated his 21st year with Nokia. He would frequently instill in his kids the importance of putting God first in everything, and taking education seriously.
Nothing was more important to him than God and his family. Especially during these last couple of years, his area of focus became even more centered on the importance of family. Anton, the prodigal son, reunited with Peter, Alainna and Emily in January after almost seven years.
Peter was an extraordinary man. When people would come to visit him at home or in the hospital while he was sick, guests would leave feeling encouraged by him sharing how God was at work in his life – about hope, trust and patiently waiting on the Lord. He never gave up hope, and fought to the very end. Last Thursday, March 6th, he went to his permanent home in eternity – face to face with Jesus! What a glorious celebration that must have been in heaven that day.
Reading some of the notes he jotted down during his illness, he wrote and quoted Larry from Veggie Tales, “God is bigger than the boogey man…or Philippians 4:7…‘And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.” He entitled it, “The Truths”.
Peter Patrick Palmer, age 53, of Frisco, Texas passed away on March 6, 2014. A Celebration of Life Service will be held at 2:00 P.M., Saturday, March 15, 2014 at Bent Tree Bible Fellowship 4141 International Parkway, Carrollton, Texas 75007. There will be a reception in his honor following the service.
Arrangements are under the direction of
ARIA Cremation Service and Funeral Home
19310 Preston Road
Dallas, Texas 75252
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