Parker, Thomas

Tommy Parker, a lifetime resident of Chesterville, passed away at Winchester District Memorial Hospital with his family by his side on Sat., Oct.15, 2016, following a courageous battle with cancer. He was 74.
He was born in Williamsburg Township on Nov. 30, 1941 to his parents, Hank and Stella Parker (nee Dillabough). On Aug. 31, 1968, he married Gail Cunningham, and together they had one daughter, Karen.
Tommy worked in various capacities at Nestle’s for 47 years, until he was forced to retire in 2004 because he had to have triple bypass surgery.
He was a very active member of the Chesterville community. He was proud of the fact that he received two 25 year certificates – one for 25 years of service with the fire department and 25 years as treasurer of the Chesterville Agricultural Society. Even after receiving these awards, he continued to be an active member of both organizations until health problems prevented him from being actively involved.
Tommy is survived by his wife of 48 years, Gail Cunningham; his daughter, Karen Parker of Chesterville; and his grandson Kacey Neville.He was the dear son-in-law of Glen Cunningham (Iris) of Mariatown, and brother-in-law of Gail’s twin brother Gary Cunningham (Mary) of Camrose, Alta., Bert Cunningham (Simla) of Iroquois, Brenda Blazewicz (Stan) of Knoxville, Tenn,. Beverley Groulx (Stephen) of Knoxville, Tenn., and Glenna Schaillee (Gerben) of Morrisburg. He was predeceased by his parents, Hank and Stella Parker; his mother-in-law, Noreen Carkner; and his brother-in-law, Lyle Cunningham. He will be fondly remembered by several nieces, nephews, great-nieces, and great-nephews.
Friends called at Christ Church United in Chesterville on Thurs., Oct.20 from 10 to 11 am. A celebration of Tommy’s life was held at 11 am with Pastor Deborah Poirier and Rev. Melanie Cassidy-Wise officiating and members of the local fire department participating, followed by interment at Maple Ridge Cemetery in Chesterville. The honourary pallbearers were Harold Merkley, Mike McMahon, John Dearing, and Jack Lannin. The pallbearers were Dave Lannin, Mark McMillan, Lisa Boucher, Kent Merkley, Jason Walkden, Ben Baynham, Jeremy Plummer, and Marty McLeod. Active firefighters who also took part in the procession were Tony Fraser, Chris Helmer, and Dan Kelly.
Donations to Christ Church United or Dundas County Hospice would be gratefully acknowledged by the family.
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