William Arthur Parker, 92
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CAPE CORAL, Fla. -- On April 20, 2013, William Arthur Parker, a member of the 'Greatest Generation' passed away at the age of 92 at the HOPE Hospice in Cape Coral, Fla., after a brief illness. His friends knew him as Bill or Buddy.
Bill was the son of Earl W. and Sarah G. (Boyle) Parker of Brewer. As a young man he worked with his brother Frank (deceased) and sister Sally (Ring) at their grandfather's lobster pound located in Searsport. 'Parker's Lobster Pound' was Maine's first retail lobster pound long before lobster was a delicacy.
Bill was a WWII veteran serving in the U.S. Army from 1943 to 1946 in England. While serving, he met and soon married an English beauty from Manchester, Marian Ravenscroft. Bill and his bride settled in Bangor in 1945 and raised four sons, David, Jeffrey, Gregory (deceased) and Jonathan. In 1964 Bill moved his family to Southern Maine to start a food brokerage business, Parker-Tilton Inc. with a longtime business associate, Henry Tilton. He settled his family in Falmouth and opened an office in Portland. He helped grow the firm until his retirement in 1986. After retiring, he pursued a lifelong dream of opening a bed and breakfast in Bar Mills. After Marian's passing Bill moved to Florida and settled in North Ft. Myers, Fla., where he has lived with his dear companion, Madeleine Tuffy.
Bill enjoyed golf, traveling and celebrating life with his family and friends. Always kind and soft spoken, he was much loved and will be greatly missed.
He was predeceased by his wife Marian; and son Gregory. He is survived by his sister Sally; and three married sons and their spouses, David and Linda, Jeff and Carolyn and Jonathan and Cathy Parker. He is the proud grandfather of seven grandsons and three granddaughters who loved him dearly.
A memorial service is planned in Florida and for a future date in Maine.
In lieu of flowers please
send any donation to:
The Hope Hospice
2430 Diplomat Parkway East
Cape Coral, Florida 33909
or online at www.hopehospice.org/donate
William Arthur Parker
Published in Portland Press Herald/Maine Sunday Telegram on May 2, 2013