1923 – 2009

NORWAY – Robert O. “Bob” Parker, 86, formerly of 12 Tasker Ave., Rumford, died Thursday, Aug. 27, at the Norway Rehab and Living Center.

He was born on Jan. 13, 1923, the son of Herbert O. Parker and Minnie A. Wing, in Leeds.

He was a communicant of St. Barnabas Episcopal Church in Rumford, serving as Jr. Warden and Acolyte for nine years.

Prior to his retirement, Bob worked at the Oxford Paper Company for 39 years as a super calender operator. After his retirement, he devoted his time to taking care of his wife Hazel, due to her health issues. Much like our mail carriers, Bob drove Hazel to her dialysis treatments three days a week in rain, snow and sleet. He rose early in the morning to shovel or blow snow, in order to get his car ready in time for their treks to dialysis.

He was an active member of the Rumford Maine Lodge # 862, B. P. O. E.

Over the years, he enjoyed gardening, hunting, fishing, wood-working, boat racing and helping his neighbors and friends. He was an active horseshoe pitcher — and in 1975 he won a certificate for “Most Improved Player” in New England. He was a loyal Boston Red Sox fan, who very much enjoyed watching their games. Most will remember Bob for his compassion to help others, his sense of humor and his story telling.

He is survived by his brother, John, of Augusta; his sister, Gwen Moore, of Wayne; two sons, Rick Parker and his wife, Gayle, of 29 Palms, Calif., and Kurt Parker of Bay Shore, N.Y.; two daughters, Sherry and her husband, James LaGrone, of Sandy Spring, Md., and Kristey and her husband, James Husband, of Williamsburg, Va..; eight grandchildren; nine great-grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews.

He was predeceased by his wife Hazel of 60 years; his mother and father; his older sister, Arlene Ryan, of Massachusetts; his older brother, Arlo, of West Point; his son, Keith; and his daughter, Jane Lovejoy.

His family would like to extend their sincerest thanks to the staff at Norway Rehab & Living Center, to Dr. Kazimierczak and his staff at Stephens Memorial Hospital, and to the Beacon Hospice staff, especially Wendy, who brightened dad’s days in many ways. Their dedicated compassion and care for Bob allowed him to live his remaining years with the respect and care he so deserved. A special recognition goes to Connie Cassidy, and Brad and Mary Gallant for their help, support and visits with dad. Also thanks to other family and friends who visited, in addition to his former neighbors, who watched over his home.

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