1942 – 2016

WILTON — It is with heavy hearts that we wish to share the passing of James C. Parker, 73, of Wilton, on Thursday evening, July 21. He was surrounded by the family to whom he devoted his life.

He was born Aug. 19, 1942, in Rumford, a son of Aaron and Blanche (Holman) Parker. They moved to his beloved home in Wilton where he spent the remainder of his life.

He was educated in local schools and graduated from Wilton Academy in 1960. He graduated from the Maine Criminal Justice Academy in 1974.

On Dec. 28, 1963, he married Joyce Pease and for 22 years they raised three children together, Jim, John and Julie. On Sept. 5, 1986, he married Patricia (Patti) Bellegarde, expanding their family with her two daughters, Carol and Lynn. They have enjoyed every moment of the last 30 years.

In Jim’s early years, he was employed at G.H. Bass as a hand sewer, supplementing his income picking apples for Harnden’s Orchard. He was hired by Town Manager John Donald Sr. and began working in the highway department on Nov. 21, 1971, transferring within the year to the Police Department where he worked for 32 years, retiring in September 2004.

Throughout his life, Jim enjoyed hunting, ice-fishing, smelting with his dad, four-wheeling, gardening and preserving the veggies that he grew. Jim loved his Boston Red Sox and New England Patriots. He also enjoyed spending time with his son, Jim, traveling to Louden, N.H., for NASCAR races and watching Kaden and Gavin whenever he could.

In his later years of life, he and Patti were blessed to travel to see the beauty of our country visiting all states but Hawaii together. He taught his father-in-law, Roger Bellegarde, how to appreciate and enjoy auctions of all sorts.

He is survived by his wife of 30 years, Patti, of Wilton; sons, James and his wife, Cathleen, of Wilton and John and his fiancée, Laurie, of Lewiston; daughters, Julie Parker and companion, Richie Currier, of Chesterville, Carol Perkins of Farmington and Lynn Perkins and her fiancée, Chuck Lake, of Wilton; his beloved grandchildren, Ryan, Natasha, Nicole, Kyle, Kevin, Kaden, Gavin and Olivia; great-grandchildren, Shelby and Preston; sister, Linda Abbott of Anson; brother, Merton Parker of New Sharon; and several nieces, nephews and cousins. There are no words to express how grateful he was to have a lifelong friend, John Donald Jr.

He was predeceased by his parents; and a sister, June Gould.

His family wishes to offer heartfelt thanks to AHCH for amazing care and support, with special thanks to his nurse and friend, Donna Clark. Condolences and tributes may be shared on his memorial wall at www.wilesrc.com where his memorial video will be shared later this week. 

WILTON — It is with heavy hearts that we wish to share the passing of James C. Parker, 73, of Wilton, on Thursday evening, July 21. He was surrounded by the family to whom he devoted his life.

He was born Aug. 19, 1942, in Rumford, a son of Aaron and Blanche (Holman) Parker. They moved to his beloved home in Wilton where he spent the remainder of his life.

He was educated in local schools and graduated from Wilton Academy in 1960. He graduated from the Maine Criminal Justice Academy in 1974.

On Dec. 28, 1963, he married Joyce Pease and for 22 years they raised three children together, Jim, John and Julie. On Sept. 5, 1986, he married Patricia (Patti) Bellegarde, expanding their family with her two daughters, Carol and Lynn. They have enjoyed every moment of the last 30 years.

In Jim’s early years, he was employed at G. H. Bass Shoe as a hand sewer, supplementing his income picking apples for Harnden’s Orchard. He was hired by Town Manager John Donald Sr. and began working in the highway department on Nov. 21, 1971, transferring within the year to the Police Department where he worked for 32 years, retiring in Sept. of 2004.

Throughout his life, Jim enjoyed hunting, ice fishing, smelting with his dad, four-wheeling, gardening and preserving the veggies that he grew. Jim loved his Boston Red Sox and New England Patriots. He also enjoyed spending time with his son, Jim, travelling to Louden, N.H. for NASCAR races and watching Kaden and Gavin whenever he could.

In his later years of life, he and Patti were blessed to travel to see the beauty of our country visiting all states, but Hawaii, together. He taught his father-in-law, Roger Bellegarde, how to appreciate and enjoy auctions of all sorts.

He is survived by his wife of 30 years, Patti, of Wilton; sons, James and his wife, Cathleen, of Wilton and John and his fiancée, Laurie, of Lewiston; daughters, Julie Parker and companion, Richie Currier, of Chesterville, Carol Perkins of Farmington and Lynn Perkins and her fiancée, Chuck Lake, of Wilton; his beloved grandchildren, Ryan, Natasha, Nicole, Kyle, Kevin, Kaden, Gavin and Olivia; great-grandchildren, Shelby and Preston; sister, Linda Abbott of Anson; brother, Merton Parker of New Sharon; and several nieces, nephews and cousins. There are no words to express how grateful he was to have a life-long friend, John Donald Jr.

He was predeceased by his parents; and a sister, June Gould.

His family wishes to offer heartfelt thanks to AHCH for amazing care and support, with special thanks to his nurse and friend, Donna Clark. Condolences and tributes may be shared on his memorial wall at www.wilesrc.com where his memorial video will be shared later this week. 

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