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CARMICHAEL, Calif. -- Robert (Bob) A. Parmenter died peacefully in Carmichael, Calif., on Dec. 22, 2012, due to complications from a stroke. Bob, the oldest of three children, was born in 1921 in Worcester, Mass., to George and Eva Parmenter. His parents, as well as his sisters, Muriel Jacobson and Betty Beaudry, preceded him in death. Bob dropped out of high school in the early 1940s to join the Navy and ultimately made it a career, serving in both World War II and the Korean War. By his own admission, the best thing that ever happened to him in World War II was meeting his future wife, fellow Navy hospital corpsman Anne Sircy, at Aiea Naval Hospital on the island of Oahu. They married in 1947 and remained together until Anne's death in 2003.
Upon retiring from the Navy, he and Anne moved to North Gorham where they raised their children and Bob worked for and retired from S.D. Warren Paper Co. as a chemist.
Bob's survivors include his children, Barbara and Jim who, with Bob's best friend Dennis Irwin, maintained a constant vigil over him during the last two weeks of his life. He is also survived by daughter-in-law Donna Hadsell; grandson Jim Morris; granddaughter-in-law Holly Parmenter; great-grandsons, Austin and Brady; brother-in-law Warren Jacobson and nephews, Paul and Bob, and sister-in-law Marguerite Sircy and nieces, Rita and Lori. Bob also leaves behind his caring and supportive friends, D'Anne Clayton, Carol and Del Heon, and Mary Whitehurst.
The Parmenter family owes a debt of gratitude to Dr. Ram and the nursing staff of American River Care Center for their emotional support. These individuals counseled the family, gave them hugs, brought them pillows and blankets for overnighters and urged them to eat.
Bob will be interred with his wife Anne in the veterans' section of Sylvan Cemetery in Citrus Heights, Calif. At his request, there will be no services. Funeral arrangements entrusted to chapelofthevalley.com.
Remembrances or donations in Bob's name may be made to your local Salvation Army or favorite charity.
Published in Portland Press Herald/Maine Sunday Telegram on December 30, 2012