|Birth: ||Oct. 24, 1925|
|Death: ||Dec. 11, 2006|
Elmer passed away at his home in Palmetto, Fla.
He was the beloved husband of Sheila ( Jackson ) Bicknell.
He was born in West Kingston, RI. He had lived in Jamestown, RI before moving to FL.
Elmer had served in the US Navy during WWII and retired as an Electrician after working many years in Rhode Island.
He joined the Boy Scouts when he was 12 and fought the 1938 Hurricane. He enjoyed sports joining the South County Little League when it was first formed and later became a coach for 9 years leading the team to championships. He was an active advisor to the Rainbow for Girls in South County, serving as Dad and coached the girls softball team to championships. For his dedication he received the Grand Cross of Color from the International Order of Rainbow for Girls. Elmer was a member of Hope Lodge #25 F. & A.M. of Wakefield and served as Worshipful Master, receiving his 50 years of service medal in 2004. He was a member of the Ancient Accepted Scottish Rite, Valley of Providence, Unity Royal Arch Chapter and the Rhode Island Shriner's. As a member of the Shriner's Elmer was a founding member of the Clown Unit and was known throughout R. I. and the Shrine as " Bunky " The Clown. He won many awards for his activity with the Shrine Clown Associations of North America and the North East Clown Association. He received honorary memberships in the Artisan Unit and the Motor Corp Unit of the Rhode Island Shrine and honorary memberships in Karnak Shriners of Dollard des Ormeaux, Quebec, Canada where he was an Aide to their membership from RI, Mt. Sinai Shriners of Montpelier, VT and Luxor Shriners of Saint John, New Brunswick, Canada. He was honored by the Rhode Island Shriners in 1992 as the "Shriner of the Year".
Besides his wife he is survived by three sons Ted, William and Scott Bicknell two daughters Linda Schave, Beth Gillam, 4 step-children Michel, Stephen, Peter and Danny Beliveau a sister Marilyn Murphy and 24 grandchildren. He was the brother of the late George Tourjee, Jr.
He is remembered by his friends and family as being a great and fun person. He seemed to always be laughing. He was always bringing a smile to someone's face. He was always good with children and sharing anything he could with them....he had a bottomless pit of love for them and filled their hearts with joy and happiness. He always knew a way to make you feel special and leaves behind only fond and loving mesmories. He will never be forgotten.
Rhode Island Veterans Memorial Cemetery
Rhode Island, USA
Created by: Mysticalminded
Record added: Sep 13, 2007
Find A Grave Memorial# 21542787
Much love and many blessings to such an incredible man. Thank you for all you were and all you did. You brought such love and light into this world. Thank you for sharing that light with so many. Rest in peace.|
Added: Sep. 13, 2007