Rose, Bob, Joe, Mike & Chris welcomed Bryan Thomas to their family on February 18, 1992. The Palmer family was now complete. The four Palmer boys grew up playing all kinds of “ball” together in the backyard. Bryan played in-house and travel baseball and soccer for White Marsh Recreation Council and proudly wore the #8. Although Bryan seemed quiet, he made lots of friends through sports and in school.
Bryan attended Joppa View Elementary School and the sixth grade at Perry Hall Middle School. He played the tuba in both school bands and was looking forward to attending Perry Hall High School where he could take guitar classes.
Bryan had a huge smile and an infectious giggle. He had a gift for making people feel comfortable. He was a quiet leader with a great sense of humor and everyone loved to be around him. He really enjoyed life and was never afraid to try something new. He loved to make people, especially his cousins & friends, laugh even at his own expense. Bryan’s favorite movies were the movies with Chris Farley. He loved to watch them with his family.
Another favorite of Bryan’s was his band. “A bass player who likes sports and loves music” is how Bryan once described himself. Bryan, along with his brothers Mike and Chris, and his cousins Zack, Josh, Steven and Matthew began to play drums and guitar together when Bryan was in the fifth grade. They started with some classic rock songs. They were all instrumentals because no one wanted to sing.
Eventually they all decided to learn to sing one song each. Bryan was learning to sing REO Speedwagon’s Time for Me to Fly. He never got to sing it because on August 2, 2004, Bryan passed away in his sleep from unknown causes. He was 12 ½ years old. His death has left a terrible void within his family, friends, teammates and community. He is sorely missed.