VOLUNTARY CARETAKER OF ROBERT RUARK BURIAL PLOT
July 11, 2016
Colonel Wiliam L. (Nick) Palmer of Valdese, NC, has, since 2007, made four trips to Palamos, Spain on behalf of the Robert Ruark Society of Chapel Hill. Each time he has taken pictures and talked to the local native in charge of the cemetery area where Ruark’s burial plot is located. If improvements need to be made, Colonel Palmer makes sure they are carried out. He, every couple of years, tours places in Europe on his motorcycle and always makes sure to stop by Palamos, which is on the Mediterranean coast about one hundred miles north of Barcelona, Spain.
Ruark’s former villa was on a hill overlooking the Mediterranean, which was torn down years ago when it was sold by his estate.
Alan Ritchie was Ruark’s secretary for thirteen years in Palamos while he wrote several of his books and went on African safaris. Ritchie was a retired English Army Sergeant and after Ruark's death on July 1, 1965, he wrote a biography entitled "RUARK REMEMBERED—By The Man Who Knew Him Best."
In "RUARK REMEMBERED", Alan Ritchie compiled a remarkable record of a remarkable man—a book that is destined to become a classic in its own right.
Jim Cassada, editor of this biography, succeeded in the task of reducing Ritchie’s 800 page manuscript to a manageable size and includes many of Ruark’s best columns and features from Esquire, the Saturday Evening Post, and Field and Stream. It also includes letters from his wife, 'Ginny'.
Retired Army Colonel Nick Palmer has been an active member of the Robert Ruark Society of Chapel Hill for over ten years and serves on its board of advisors.