And when he coached a Little League team, the Mount Airy Bantams, he could bring a player up short with his familiar saying, "You eyeballing me, son?"
Jasper "Sonny" Palmer Jr., an Einstein Medical Center employee credited with improving patient care, and a proud Mason, died last Monday at age 59. He lived in Germantown.
"Sonny was a man of very few words, a gentle giant, so to speak, who was light on his feet," his family said. "You wouldn't know he was coming, but when he spoke you heard him loud and clear.
"He was a smart, caring, humble and loving man devoted to his family as well as all persons with whom he came in contact."
Sonny was born in Philadelphia the first of the six children of Nola Lorraine and Jasper Palmer Sr. He graduated from Simon Gratz High School.
He began his spiritual journey at Wayland Temple Baptist Church.
He married Denise Madison on Jan. 21, 1989. She died in 2008.
Sonny went to work in the transportation department of Einstein Medical Center, where he was employed for 33 years.
"During his tenure at Albert Einstein Medical Center, he was continuously acknowledged for improving patient care through hard work, dedication and perseverance," his family said.
In 1997, Sonny became a member of Paradise Masonic Lodge #1 and rose through ranks over the next 27 years to attain leadership roles in numerous Masonic lodges and organizations.
"Sonny was a longstanding member of the oldest and largest fraternal organization in the world, where honor and integrity are keys to a meaningful life, a life to which he was wholeheartedly dedicated."
He was most proud of the titles of Worshipful Master, received in 1994, and Master Mason, in 1995.
He is survived by a daughter, Monique Palmer; two sisters, Betty and Karen Palmer; a brother, Jeffrey Palmer; and three grandchildren.
Services: Were Saturday.