June 19, 1926 - July 20, 2011 Resided in Palmer, MA
Palmer, Robert B. Bishop, 85, died peacefully on Wednesday, July 20 at the Soldiers Home in Holyoke. Born in Medford, MA on June 19, 1926, he was the son of Herbert and Joyce (Booth) Bishop. A lifelong Palmer resident, he was a member of the Second Congregational Church. He was an Army Veteran of WWII, serving with the Fighting 69th Infantry Division, and was a Purple Heart recipient. He was a member of the American Legion Post 130 and the Disabled American Veterans. He was a graduate of Monson Academy and UMASS Stockbridge School of Agriculture. He formerly owned and operated Forest Lake Dairy in Palmer and retired from Utility Manufacturing in Wilbraham in 1991. He served on the Palmer Housing Authority, Registrar of Voters and was a past member of the Palmer Rotary Club. He was a member of Club 55, the Palmer Senior Center, and the Site Seekers Camping Group. He had been a Cub Scout Master, enjoyed golf and cribbage. Bob will be deeply missed by his wife of 61 years, Irene (Ditto) Bishop, along with their 5 children; Kathleen Bishop and Carl Bernier of Ware, Robert Bishop and wife Laura of Belchertown, Nancy Snow and husband Jeffrey of Wilbraham, Ann Bishop of Palmer, and James Bishop and wife Annette of Monson; 8 grandchildren, Meggan Reim, Kaitlyn Reim-Wentworth, Jeffrey, Michael and Steven Snow, Lisa Rainaud, Shelley & Christopher Bishop; and 1 great granddaughter, Julia Rainaud. He also leaves 2 sisters, Beatrice Sullivan of KY and Barbara Hooton and husband Leonard of Monson. Besides his parents, his sister Mariam Pasco preceded him in death. Calling hours will be Monday, July 25 at the Beers and Story Palmer Funeral Home, 1475 N. Main Street (Rte. 20) from 4:00 – 7:00 p.m. The funeral service will be held at the funeral home on Tuesday at 10:00 a.m. followed by burial in St. Thomas Cemetery with military honors. Memorial contributions may be made to Second Congregational Church in Palmer, Soldiers Home in Holyoke - Activity Fund, or Hospice Life Care of Holyoke. The Bishop Family would like to express their thanks to the staff & residents of the Soldiers Home and also to Hospice Life Care of Holyoke for the compassionate care they provided for Bob with honor and dignity.