Obituary – Margaret Palmer, David Palmer Coaches

Margaret Palmer, formerly of David Palmer Coaches, has sadly passed away following an 11-year battle with cancer.

With her husband David, Margaret started David Palmer Coaches in the late 1970s. The first vehicle was a minibus, but the fleet soon grew to include coaches. The couple ran the coach business from their home in Crofton, before moving in 1988 to purpose built premises in Normanton.

They soon joined the BCC, the forerunner of the CPT and were active members of the West Yorkshire group. They were also founder members of the CTC (now Coach Tourism Association) where Margaret was a long serving board member, and Vice Chairman for many years. Over the years she received many accolades for her contributions to the travel industry, including the CTC Award in 1998 and the COACHMonthly and CDC Special Award in 2007. She was also named Lady Margaret Palmer at a ceremony at the Confrerie les sossons d’orvaulx in Belgium. It was a very proud moment when Margaret, along with David, attended a garden party at Buckingham Palace in recognition for her work within the coaching industry.

Her son Andrew and his wife Lisa joined the company in 1994 as the business grew. Margaret retired in 2009 due to ill health, but involved herself with local charities and was on the social committee for Yorkshire Cancer Research.

A statement from David Palmer Coaches said: “Margaret loved life to the full and made many close friends within the coaching industry and was often heard before she was seen and could usually be found in the bar networking at social events! Lisa, her daughter-in-law is still flying the Palmer family flag at Palmer Holidays in Normanton, now part of the UK Holiday Group. Heaven has gained one very special lady in Margaret, goodnight and god bless her.”

  • A small funeral was held for her due to the COVID-19 restrictions on gatherings.

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