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SOUTH PORTLAND -- Ralph Sydney Parker, 72, of South Portland, passed away on the morning of March 30, 2013, after battling a short illness while surrounded by his loving family.
Ralph was born on Jan. 20, 1941, in Berlin, N.H., and grew up on Long and Peaks Island. He attended Portland High School and was a member of the U.S. Air Force.
He worked for 22 years at Health Tex Manufacturing on Canco Road in Portland. He then worked for JJ Nissens Bakery for 17 years until he obtained his golden eighty and retired in 2004. He was an avid sportsman who had a passion for fishing, hunting, boating and gardening.
He was predeceased by mother and father, Charles M. and Margaret G. Parker of Westbrook; brother, Frederick of Texas, and sister, Genevieve M. Philippo of Portland. Surviving siblings are his brother, Francis of Connecticut, his sister and her husband, Shelly and Walter Barrett of Massachusetts, sister and her husband, Lynda and Fred Muccino of Florida, brother and his wife, Donald and Beverley of Scarborough, brother Lawrence of Arizona, and sister Sue Ellen Brady of Portland. He leaves behind five children, Darren Parker of Portland, Darlene Parker of Westbrook, Sherri Parker-Stromsky and her husband Stevan of Scarborough, Jennifer Davis and her husband David of South Portland, and Amanda Parker of Westbrook; and eight grandchildren, Taylor, Aleah, Gabby, Alexa, Zach, Seth, Dominick and Olivia.
We will miss his beautiful smile, the twinkle in his eye and his sweet sense of humor.
Visiting hours will be held on Thursday, April 4, 2013, from 4-6 p.m., followed by a memorial service at 6 p.m., at A.T. Hutchins Funeral and Cremation Services, 660 Brighton Ave., Portland. Interment with military honors will be at the Maine Veterans' Cemetery, 83 Stanley Rd., Springvale at 12 p.m. on April 5, 2013. To offer condolences and share memories with the family, please go to www.athutchins.com.
Ralph Sydney Parker
Published in Portland Press Herald/Maine Sunday Telegram on Apr. 3, 2013