William "Hotdog" Palmer

August 10, 1933 to August 5, 2016

Those that had the pleasure to know and work with William knew him not only as a brother and friend, but; also as a mentor and inspiration. He was a superb entertainer and kind to everyone he met. Our thoughts and prayers go out to William's family.

Your passing, Hotdog, diminishes us all. May the Grand Architect of the Universe receive you and welcome you into everlasting joy.

Rest in Peace

There will be a memorial service for William on Sunday, August 21, from 11:00am to noon, at Medinah Shrine Center, 550 Shriner Drive, Addison, IL. with luncheon to follow for those that wish.

Palmer, William T. "Hot Dog" 82, of Bloomingdale, passed away Thursday, August 4, 2016. A 65 year cement mason, Bill was a member of Leyden Laurel Masonic Lodge 1057, Valley of Chicago AASR, and the Medinah Shriners since 1986 when he joined the Clown Unit. Beloved husband of Jacqueline (nee Nelson); loving father of Glenn (Mary) Palmer, William, Jr. (Becky) Palmer, Susan (Richard) Greeley, Joanne Frederick, and 9 stepchildren; proud grandfather of 8 grandchildren and 6 great-grandchildren. Services Sunday, August 21 11:00 a.m. at Medinah Shrine Center, 550 Shriners Dr., Addison. Cremation private at Countryside Crematory. In lieu of flowers, memorials to Shriners Hospitals for Children at www.shrinershospitalsforchildren.org appreciated. Info (630)529-5751 or www.countrysidefuneralhomes.com.

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As Hotdog and his pet wiener, Frank, enter the pearly gates he is greeted by the Angel Gabriel. Hotdog says to Gabriel, "This is Frank. He relishes meeting you. He is very smart. He is on the honor roll. I know he's not much to look at, but; he has nice buns. Just watch where you step; he left you a little mustard over there."

Rest In Peace Hotdog, until we meet again dear brother.


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John "Irish" McDonough

May 7, 1950 to July 15, 2016

It is with great sadness and heavy hearts that we mourn the loss of our dear friend, noble brother and fellow clown, John "Irish" McDonough.

John was a good friend to all, loved life and spread happiness wherever he appeared. His gentle manner and humor made him beloved by children of all ages. Our thoughts and prayers are with John's family during this difficult time.

You will be missed, Irish. May the Grand Architect of the Universe keep you and grant you eternal peace.

Rest In Peace

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The Clown's Prayer

As I stumble through this life, help me to create more laughter than tears, dispense more happiness than gloom, spread more cheer than despair.

Never let me become so indifferent that I will fail to see the wonder in the eyes of a child or the twinkle in the eyes of the aged.

Never let me forget that my total effort is to cheer people, make them happy and forget - at least momentarily - all the unpleasantness in their lives.

And, in my final moment, may I hear You whisper: "When you made My people smile, you made Me smile."

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