A lifetime resident of Chesterville, Tommy Parker passed away at the Winchester District Memorial Hospital with his family by his side on Saturday, October 15, 2016, following a courageous battle with cancer. He was 74.
Tommy was born in Williamsburg Township on November 30, 1941 to his parents Hank and Stella Parker (nee Dillabough).
On August 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.
Tommy 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 year service in 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, Tennessee, Beverley Groulx (Stephen) of Knoxville, Tennessee 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. Tommy will be fondly remembered by several nieces, nephews, great-nieces and great-nephews.
Friends called at Christ Church United in Chesterville on Thursday, October 20th from 10-11 a.m.
A celebration of Tommy’s life was held at 11 a.m. with Pastor Deborah Poirier and Rev. Melanie Cassidy-Wise officiating and members of the local fire department participating.
Interment followed at Maple Ridge Cemetery in Chesterville,
Honorary pallbearers were Harold Merkley, Mike McMahon, John Dearing and Jack Lannin. 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. Online condolences may be made at marsdenmclaughlin.com.