Stephen N. Palmer, 67, Black River

BLACK RIVER, NY – Stephen N. Palmer, 67, Black River, passed away Tuesday, Jan. 24, 2023, at Samaritan Medical Center, Watertown.

Born April 18, 1955, in Gouverneur, a son to Norman and Elizabeth (Fortune) Palmer, he was educated in the Gouverneur School District.

Following graduation, Stephen worked for Pyramid Management Group/Salmon Run Mall until his retirement.

Stephen married Mildred Akins on Nov. 25, 1990, at their residence.

He enjoyed gardening and spending time with his dog, “Spike”.

Surviving besides his wife, Mildred, are his children, Christina and Christopher Davis of Watertown, Stephen II and Gerie Palmer of Gouverneur, John Palmer of Watertown; his sister, Peggy Farren; and his brother, Michael (Darlene) Palmer; six grandchildren, two great-grandchildren, and several nieces, nephews, and cousins.

Besides his parents, Stephen was predeceased by two stepsons, Randy White and Ricky White.

There are no public services planned at this time.

A celebration of life will be held privately at the convenience of his family.

Donations may be made in his memory to the Jefferson County SPCA, 25056 Water Street, Watertown, NY 13601.

Arrangements are with Reed & Benoit Funeral Home, Inc.

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