Phillip D. Palmere Sr., owned Del. dime store

June 15, 1994|By Fred Rasmussen | Fred Rasmussen,Sun Staff Writer

Phillip D. Palmere Sr., owner of a popular Rehoboth Beach dime store, died Saturday of a brain tumor at his residence at the Delaware resort. The Northeast Baltimore native was 72.

He opened the Boardwalk 5 & 10 Cent Store, between Rehoboth and Wilmington avenues, in 1971 in partnership with his brother-in-law.

Charles J. Henry Jr., a grandson who has worked in the store for 11 years, recalled him as "a proud man who loved the dime store business and loved being with people and meeting his customers."

Eddie Kelly, who manages a jewelry store in Laurel and worked for Mr. Palmere in the early 1970s, said, "He ran the store like a captain of a ship, and he was the kind of person you wanted to work hard for." Mr. Palmere had been a salesman for many years for Harry P. Cann & Bros. Co., which was on Redwood Street and later 25th Street in Baltimore. He traveled the Eastern Shore, selling toys, before leaving to open his own business.

Earlier, he was a salesman for the General Novelty Co. of Philadelphia.

The son of Italian immigrants was born and reared in Hamilton and still had a home on Glen Oak Avenue at his death. He attended city schools and was a graduate of City College, where he played defensive end and tackle on the championship football teams of 1939, 1940 and 1941, and was named to the All-Maryland team.

During World War II, he joined the merchant marine in 1942 and was discharged with the rating of chief boatswain's mate in 1945.

He had a large collection of Matchbox and Dinky toy model cars and trucks, and also collected HO-gauge locomotives and cars.

He was a life member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars, the American Legion, the Moose and the Travelers Protective Association.

A Mass of Christian burial will be offered at 9:30 a.m. tomorrow at St. Dominic Roman Catholic Church, Harford Road and Gibbons Avenue, Baltimore.

He is survived by his wife of 52 years, the former Ruth Vilmar; a son, Phillip D. Palmere Jr.; three daughters, Rosemarie Sabol, Ruth Henry and Patricia Palmere-Nason; three brothers, John Palmere, Orlando Palmere and Nichols Palmere; two sisters, Lucy Pompa and Fanny Siminiski; and six grandchildren. All are of Baltimore.

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