This week, the Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra was saddened to hear that former CPO board chair, Jim Palmer, has passed away. Mr. Palmer was a longtime supporter and committed patron of the Orchestra. The CPO expresses its deepest sympathies and offers condolences to Barbara, Mr. Palmer’s wife of over 60 years, as well as his family and friends.
Michael Hope, the Orchestra’s Assistant Principal Bassoonist, has fond memories of Mr. Palmer.
“Mr. Palmer was such a fan of the Orchestra,” Hope says. “He genuinely loved the music and whenever I’d see him in the lobby, he’d have such a warm smile on his face. I always appreciated how this made me feel.”
In addition to his steadfast support of the CPO, Mr. Palmer also served on the Board of Governors and as Chancellor at the University of Calgary (1986-1990). In 1998 he became a Member of the Order of Canada and in 2003 was awarded the Alberta Order of Excellence. Other honours include: Honorary Doctor of Laws from the University of Calgary, Dalhousie and the University of PEI; the Weldon Award from Dalhousie Law School for unselfish public service; the Distinguished Service Award from Law Society of Albert and the Canadian Bar Association; and a Commemorative Medal for the Golden Jubilee of her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II.
Mr. Palmer’s philanthropy, giving spirit and dedication and support of the Orchestra will certainly be missed.