“And in the end, it’s not the years in your life that count. It’s the life in your years” – Abraham Lincoln
After an inspiring battle with cancer, Cece peacefully passed away at the Peter Lougheed Hospital, on Sunday, February 8, 2009. at the age of 62 years His life journey here was completed with his family by his side.
Cece was born in Winnipeg, Manitoba. He was the second oldest of five children. Growing up in such a large and loving family attributed to his love of family, friends, and people in general.
Cece attended St. Paul’s High School where he excelled in sports. His natural talent, passion, leadership skills, and work ethic allowed him to suceed not only in sport, but in his personal and professional life. These attributes carried through in his success with his business Millen Durnin Parrish. He thrived on his relationships with people, and he could sell anything to anyone. The bottom line was that people just adored him. He was always honest, loyal, dependable, and told it like it was. Cece was always easy to find. If he wasn’t working, he was at the golf course. He was a tenacious and fierce competitor who was always willing to roll the dice, and put his game on the line. He was an outstanding player all around, but his suspect putting often “animated” his competitive spirit. He always had bets rolling on every hole, and laughed about the results with friends in the Clubhouse over an abundance of wine and food. Cece loved celebration and was an ENTERTAINER. There is nothing that he enjoyed more than having people over for a meal. Numbers didn’t matter. Everyone was always welcome, and treated like royalty. It was a guarantee that the game was always on, no matter what the sport, and Cece and his friends always had something riding on it.
Cecil willl be dearly missed by his mother Margaret Parrish; sisters Joanna Moore, Wendy Smeaton, and Jeanne Parrish; and his brother Dan Parrish. Also, his extended family meant a lot to him – nieces, nephews, and their families. He also leaves behind his two beloved children; Andrea Parrish, and Michael Parrish.
Cecil was predeceased by his father Cecil Parrish, and his life partner Audrey Peitch.
Memorial Service will be held at McINNIS & HOLLOWAY’S Park Memorial Chapel (5008 Elbow Drive S.W.) on Friday, February 13, 2009 at 2:00p.m. Reception afterwards, followed by a celebration later that evening. Forward condolences through www.mcinnisandholloway.com. If friends so desire, memorial tributes may be made directly to the Alberta Cancer Foundation, 1331-29th Street SW, Calgary AB Telephone: (403) 521 3433. All donations made in his memory will go to research for Multiple Myeloma. The family would like to thank all the incredible people that have cheered him on through this journey. We couldn’t have done it without you! Cece was a people person, and his friends and family were his world. The strength provided through everyone was what helped give him the encouragement he needed to battle cancer as he did. A special thank you goes out to Marion Foster, the team at the Peter Lougheed Hospital (Unit 52, Unit 42), the Surgeons and Surgical team, the ICU nurses, the dialysis nurses, the wonderful doctors and specialists, all the people who visited, and all those who called or were there in spirit.
In living memory of Cecil Parrish, a tree will be planted at Fish Creek Provincial Park by McINNIS & HOLLOWAY FUNERAL HOMES Park Memorial Chapel, 5008 ELBOW DRIVE S.W. Telephone: (403) 243-8200.Print This Obituary & Condolences