Matthew Palmer

Matthew Collins Palmer

Tuesday, March 13th, 1962 - Friday, May 21st, 2021
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Matthew Collins Palmer, age 59, passed from this life in the peaceful surroundings of home on the morning of May 21, 2021. After a valiant fight of several years, he lost the battle against multiple health complications.

He is survived by his devoted life partner of 20 years, Mitch Warden, and their faithful canine companion, Max. He is also survived by his son Harrison of Tampa, Florida; his brother Mark and sister-in-law Suzy of Tennessee; his sister Maria (Shankin) of New Jersey; his dear aunt Jackie (Harkness) of Virginia; three nieces; two nephews; several cousins and numerous treasured friends. He was preceded in death by his mother, Suzanne (Ewer); his father, Bruce; his dear brother-in-law, Bruce Shankin and his respected uncle Vinton Harkness, amongst others.

Matthew was born on March 13, 1962, in Raritan Township, New Jersey. The family moved to Massachusetts soon after and then returned to settle in Stockton, New Jersey, where Matthew attended school and graduated from high school. He remained in that area until relocating to Tampa, Florida, where he worked for Marriott Corp. and Burdine’s prior to enlisting in the U.S. Navy. He served our country proudly and valiantly for 11 years, including as a Quartermaster aboard the USS Wainwright, CG-28, during The Persian Gulf War. He was medically retired from the U.S. Navy in 1996 and settled in Pensacola, Florida.

Matthew’s love of the water never left him. Days spent on the beach or by a swimming pool were days of pure happiness for him. He and Mitch, along with Max, moved into their home in 2015 and he focused his energies on home and yard improvements. It is well known that Matthew was never at a loss of projects underway or planned to commence. He worked tirelessly to make their home comfortable and welcoming, a goal that he achieved many times over.

Matthew was also a proud member of the Order of Zeus, Pensacola’s most diverse Mardi Gras organization, and had the pleasure of serving as their King during the 2012-2013 Mardi Gras season. He was passionate about the krewe and deeply enjoyed helping to prepare for the Balls every year and riding the float in the parades, showering onlookers with beads and other trinkets.

Matthew was fortunate to have been blessed with a large family of friends, all of whom he loved dearly. Their love and support helped him make it through the darkest of days when his health issues were at their most challenging. Two of these dear friends preceded him in death: Johnny Johns and Peter Rose.

Mitch and the family would like to thank Dr. Mitchell Whitehead and his staff for the excellent care that they provided for Matthew over the past few years. Heartfelt thanks also go to his family of friends, too numerous to list individually but each so lovingly treasured, for their love, support and understanding over the years and now.

Family and friends are invited to gather on June 3, 2021, at 12:30pm at Waters & Hibbert for socialization and remembrance. Motorcade will depart there at 2:00pm for Barrancas National Cemetery with graveside service at 2:30pm.

Waters & Hibbert Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

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  • Visitation

    Thursday, June 3rd, 2021 | 12:30pm - 1:30pm
    Thursday, June 3rd, 2021 12:30pm - 1:30pm
    Waters & Hibbert Funeral Home
    124 W. GREGORY ST.
    PENSACOLA, Florida 32502
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  • Interment

    Barrancas National Cemetery
    1 Cemetery Road
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Angie Keys

Posted at 09:57pm
Rest lovingly in eternal peace, Matthew. Sending comforting thoughts and prayers to Mitch and all who love you.

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Posted at 11:45pm
A lifetime together is never enough. Thinking of both of you today and always with so much love.
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Matthew, May the angels guide you on your journey home. I will forever cherish your friendship. Rest In Peace my friend. Until we meet again, David
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