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PARKER, William (Bill)

December 6, 1925 – Calgary, Alberta
March 4, 2018 – Calgary, Alberta

It is with sadness that the family announce the passing of Bill Parker. Bill is fondly remembered for his kind and gentle ways. He was affable and unassuming, warmly socializing with others in activities that ranged from family gatherings to time spent on the golf course. Bill particularly enjoyed observing his grandchildren and more recently his great grandchildren, noting their individual personalities and traits that he found endearing. He enjoyed a good joke, stories and Rusty Nails.

Bill was a native Calgarian, the second of three children. He lived here his entire life here save for a year spent in Scotland as a child. Upon his graduation from high school, he served with the Canadian Navy, later sharing with his grandchildren and great grandchildren that he was awarded the rank, “Captain of the Head”. When he returned to Calgary, Bill married Dora Gies. They were an active young couple who enjoyed skiing at Sunshine in an era before there were lifts.

Bill’s first job was in a cabinetry shop. His passion and natural talent for woodworking was evident in his and Dora’s first house, which he built himself. Later, his eye for design and attention to detail were evident in the many pieces of furniture that he constructed for his family. He willingly shared his expertise and talent for cabinetry with his children and grandchildren. As well, he demonstrated his artistic talent in sketches, paintings and wood carvings.

Bill and Dora raised a family of three children and the parents’ love of the outdoors was passed on to their children. The family has many happy memories of summers spent camping at Shuswap and Wasa Lakes. Bill was a strong provider for his young family. and worked as a draftsman at Amerada Oil and Gas then later as a landman with Pan Ocean and Marathon Oil and Gas.

Golf was an important part of Bill’s life. His love of golf began at the age of ten when he acquired a set of second hand hickory shafted clubs. He and his friends played on a make shift course, often reaching down gopher holes to retrieve their balls. He caddied at the Earl Grey Golf Course where during quiet periods he looked for golf balls and was even allowed a limited time to play. His natural affinity for the game grew and over the course of his golf career, he scored three hole in ones. Bill played in the inaugural Doodlebug Tournament and played for 27 years straight, winning a fair share of flight prizes. In 1953, he joined the Inglewood Golf Club where he played as recently as last season for a total of 66 years. He won many tournaments and his tenacity was evident as he recovered from a quintuple bypass then later a shattered elbow to resume playing.

As winters in Calgary are long, Bill spent many hours of his childhood and youth playing hockey. Later in life he was also an active curler, playing at the Calgary Winter Club. In recent years, Bill spent countless hours researching and tracing the genealogy of the family. His legacy lives on in the warm memories of a life well lived. Bill lives in our hearts forever.

Bill was predeceased by Dora in 1998 and his sister Nan in 2016. He is survived by his three children Don (Caroline) Parker, Jim (Sheree) Parker and Leanne (Gerry) Erickson; seven grandchildren: Jenica and Tanner Erickson; Shaun (Naomi) and Jeremy (Kira) Parker; Jennifer (Phil) Pattison, Lindsay (John) Parker, Colleen (Nate) Deobald and four great grandchildren: Willem and Jude Parker; Audrey and Findlay Pattison.

The family has planned a small private service on March 14. Condolences may be forwarded through www.mcinnisandholloway.com.

In living memory of Bill Parker, a tree will be planted at Fish Creek Provincial Park by McINNIS & HOLLOWAY FUNERAL HOMES, Chapel of the Bells, 2720 CENTRE STREET NORTH, Telephone: 403-276-2296.

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  1. To the Parker family:

    So sorry to heR the loss of your wonderful father and grandfather.

    Growing up in Rosemont, I remember him as a kind and very patient man.

    Please accept my deepest condolences.

    Lori Wanjoe

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  2. Rick And Wendy :

    Our thoughts are with the family with this tragic, sudden loss. We hope you find comfort with family and friends.
    The Warters

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    Donald, James, Leanne and families.
    Our condolences on your loss

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