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PARSONS, Elvis Daweson

October 14, 1961 – Newtown, Newfoundland
May 21, 2018 – Calgary, Alberta

It is with great sadness that we announce that Elvis, passed away on Monday, May 21, 2018 at the age of 56 years. His sisters Joan and Mary, his niece Dinah and his brother-in-law Douglas were at his bedside during his final living days.

Born to Samuel and Levetia Parsons, Elvis made his home in Newtown, Lumsden, Labrador City, Halifax and the last ten years in Calgary. Elvis faced many obstacles but was able to master most life skills with immense help from his family, friends and mentors. He worked his entire adult life in various jobs in the greenhouse industry and for Loblaw’s Superstores in Halifax and Calgary for fourteen years prior to his illness. A backyard party, mornings at the Farmer’s Market and hikes around the park were a few of the many past times Elvis enjoyed. He loved all animals especially dogs. Elvis loved travelling, visiting friends and family in Newfoundland, taking trips to Florida and Las Vegas, or spending a weekend in the Rocky Mountains. He traveled through eight of the ten provinces of Canada. Elvis was very inquisitive about the places he visited and while touring the parliament buildings in Ottawa once asked, “What do the workers do here in this building?” Certainly a question we’ve all asked once in a while! Of course his biggest passions were supporting his beloved Montreal Canadiens, his love for country music and roast chicken dinners with the family. Elvis required extra help in many areas of life but it was not a one-way street. He helped with his nieces and nephew in their younger years and he was never a person to say no to a small favour that usually turned into a big help. We all learned life lessons from this great man. Never give up, try to be kind, love your family, and take a little time to have fun.

Elvis will be missed by his sister Joan (Winston) Goodyear and their children, and his sister Mary (Douglas) Watt. Elvis’ large circle of relatives, friends and co-workers will remember him fondly.

A day of remembrance and celebration of Elvis will take place at a later date.

Thank you for the loving care of the staff, Dr. Albuquerque and Dr. Bland at the Southwood Hospice in Calgary. Thank you Dr. Mirza, Elvis’ family physician, for your expertise and friendship.

Condolences may be forwarded through www.mcinnisandholloway.com. If friends so desire, memorial tributes may be made directly to the charity of the donor’s choice.

In living memory of Elvis Parsons, a tree will be planted at Fish Creek Provincial Park by McINNIS & HOLLOWAY FUNERAL HOMES, Fish Creek, 14441 Bannister Road S.E., Calgary, AB, T2X 3J3, Telephone: 403-256-9575.

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  1. Michele Coleman :

    Mary, Doug and all of Elvis’s related and Calgary family-Elvis did spread happiness as despite all of his trials, he always came up with a smile. He was kind and caring. He was generous. He was friendly. He never stopped learning.

    To Elvis- Almost heaven, West Virginia
    Blue ridge mountains, Shenandoah river
    Life is old there, older than the trees
    Younger than the mountains, blowing like a breeze

    Country roads, take me home
    To the place I belong
    West Virginia
    Mountain mamma, take me home
    Country roads

    All my memories, gather round her
    Modest lady, stranger to blue water
    Dark and dusty, painted on the sky
    Misty taste of moonshine, teardrop in my eye

    Country roads, take me home
    To the place I belong
    West Virginia
    Mountain mamma, take me home
    Country roads

    Almost Heaven by John Denver. Love you always, Elvis
    Dan and Michele Coleman

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  2. Sherry Repp :

    Mary, I am so sorry for your family’s loss. I never met Elvis but I feel like I got to see a glimpse of him through your loving eyes when you spoke about him and I know you will miss him dearly. I have been truly inspired by your devotion to him and hope that he is at peace.

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  3. Deirdre Jackson :

    Dear Mary and Doug
    Lyndon and I are so sad to know we won’t be seeing Elvis again. You guys are amazing people and you were such a fantastic loving family , caregivers and mentors to Elvis. Our thoughts are with you now and hopefully will see you soon. All our love. Dee andLtndon

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  4. Rita Seibert :

    Was so saddened by the news of Elvis passing away. My heart, my love, my prayers are with you all.
    Rita

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  5. Carolyn Simon :

    Mary and Family
    We are so sadden to hear of Elvis’s passing. We’ve been friends with your family for many years and always loved visiting while on vacation after you guys left Labrador City. We haven’t been able to visit since your move to Calgary but happy that we got to Meet up a couple off yrs ago when you came to NL. Never dreamed though that that would be our last visit with Elvis. Even though so far apart we’ve always kept in touch. Way too young but take comfort in knowing that he’s with your Mom and Dad. Take care. Love to all.
    Thinking of you all at this sad time. Love Carolyn, Nazaire and Vanessa

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  6. Chris Abbott :

    Mary and Doug
    Such a dear, sweet man gone too soon. I first met Elvis many years ago in Labrador City and he still holds a special place in my heart. Elvis was an inspiration to all. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and all your family at this time. Hope to see you again soon.
    Love, Wayne & Chris

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  7. Lorna & Ron Davies :

    Mary and Doug –
    Even though we only had a few visits with Elvis, he was such a pleasant and gentle soul.
    We are very sorry for your loss.
    Love,
    Ron & Lorna Davies

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  8. Mary, Doug, and Family
    We feel very blessed to have known Elvis. He had such a kind heart, always thinking of others before himself. We will always remember his easy going nature and his love of iced cappuccinos. Our thoughts are with you.
    Love, Andrew and Irene

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  9. Carol and Ian Cool :

    Mary and Doug I was so sad to learn of Elvis passing. It was such a pleasure for me to be able to get to know such a gentle man. My prayers are with you both and your family.

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  10. Alan and Mary Ellen Otto :

    Mary, Doug and Family, Elvis was such a kind and loving person. He made a very positive impact on our family and we will always remember him as a gentle soul with that amazing smile. We are thinking of you all and sending our love and prayers. Alan, Mary Ellen, Anita and Kon xoxoxo

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  11. Alison Grisak :

    I am so sorry to hear about Elvis. He always made me smile. I have so many great memories, spending time with him was always a joy. He was truly a kind and caring man.
    With my sincere condolences ,
    Alison

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  12. Marilyn Sweetapple :

    Mary, Joan, and families:

    My deepest condolences in the passing of Elvis….remember him well when mother and I would visit your mom and dad (and Elvis, of course) in Lumsden.
    Thinking of you all,
    Marilyn

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  13. Margaret Vincent :

    To Mary, Joan and families, so sorry to hear of Elvis’ passing, thinking of you at this difficult time, sincere sympathy to you all,
    Margaret(Gill)and Hughie Vincent

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  14. Bernice Goodyear :

    Joan,Mary and Families, Deepest Sympathy to All. Glad that We got to see Elvis when he was home in the Fall. He always had that smile and loved to have a chat. Cherish his Memories and comfort yourselves knowing that he is no longer in pain and is now with Mom and Dad. God Bless Bernice and Jim

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  15. Elvis was a special person who touched the lives of many. My sincere sympathy to you all.

    Sue Sopha(Gray)

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  16. Coretta Dawe :

    So sorry for your loss.
    I loved his smile.

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  17. kenny cameron :

    To Mary, Doug and Family, I think you summed up Elvis in your own words, ‘Never give up, try to be kind, love your family, and take a little time to have fun.’ If the world could live by his example there would be a lot more peace and happiness.
    With our sincere condolences,
    Kenny an Rina Cameron

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  18. Elsie Norman :

    To the Parsons Family Sorry to hear of Elvis’ passing! I have great memories of him at school in Lumsden. He was a quiet,kind, loving and compassionate student. Memories are precious and will live forever. My love and prayers go out to all the family. May God bless you all!

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  19. Cindy Norman :

    To Mary Joan and Families… I was so saddened to hear of Elvis’s passing. Elvis always had and will forever have a special place in my heart. Sincere condolences and hold on to your special memories of him as I will always remember him for the sweet person he was to me. Cindy and Garrett Norman

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  20. Darrell Goodyear :

    To all of you,
    I am so very,very sad to hear of Elvis’s passing, can’t believe it really. I enjoyed many days working with Elvis at the greenhouse, we made a friendship that went far beyond our work together. Have great memories of visits for meals and drinks with Sam, Levetia and Elvis, will never forget it. After years of not seeing each other, when we did it was as if no time had passed and I really enjoyed being in his presence and I think he felt the same way. It is a beautiful write up above about him, he lived and experienced more than most for sure.

    My sincerest condolences,
    Darrell

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  21. Brenda and Larry Parsons :

    Sorry to hear of Elvis’ passing.Sending Thoughts and prayers your way.Hang on to your precious memories.God bless.

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  22. Claude and liza :

    So very sorry for your loss!

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  23. Eileen Gibbons :

    Deepest Sympathy to all the family! Never knew Elvis very well only to see him once in a while. However, reading his obituary it appears he had a life well lived.

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  24. Marion Blackmore :

    Our sincere condolences to you Joan,Mary and families..May the wonderful memories you have help you get through this difficult time. Marion & Harland Blackmore.

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  25. DeAnna Pinsent :

    Mary, Joan and families, so sorry to hear of Elvis’s passing. Thinking of you all

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  26. Robert and Gloria Smith :

    Mary , Doug and family,
    So sad to hear of Elvis’s passing . Our thoughts and prayers are with at this difficult time… Bob and Gloria

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  27. Sharon and Owen Pye :

    Mary, Doug and family,
    Owen and I are so sad our travel buddy and wonderful friend is gone. He truly made a difference in our lives and it will be a long time , if ever before we stop missing having him on our trips and in our lives. We were the fabulous five and the memories we all have will keep us smiling long after his passing. Anyone who was a friend of Elvis were blessed as we was a wonderful caring friend who always had a smile and a hug for you. Owen and I will remember him always. Love always, Sharon and Owen.

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  28. Sue Humphries :

    So sorry to hear of Elvis’s passing,such a kind and gentle soul.Thinking of you all…Sue and Clayt Humphries

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  29. Wanda Janes :

    Mary and Doug,
    It is so sad to hear of your brother’s passing, we know what you are going through right now is very difficult. We are sure that the many fond memories you have of Elvis will bring you some comfort. We send you warm hugs and positive thoughts.

    With deepest sympathies,
    Wanda and Serge

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  30. Eleanor & Tony Smith :

    Mary & Doug….we are so sorry to hear of Elvis’s passing. We only met him a couple of times but heard so much about him from Mary. We know you were all very close & it will be a hard adjustment to be without him. Hold on to all your precious memories.

    Eleanor & Tony Smith

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  31. Suzette Stockley :

    Mary, Joan, Nancy, Dinah and Doreen, so sorry to hear of Elvis’ passing. Such a kind soul gone too soon. My deepest condolences to you and yours.

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  32. Lynda and Fred Tucker :

    Dear Mary and Doug ,

    I know you are feeling the deep and intense pain of losing such a dear loved one, but that pain will be rivalled immensely by the lifetime of love you shared. I know your hurt is so deep and must seem unbearable right now, but by some miracle of this life, the pain will lessen with time. The love and precious memories will endure forever. Elvis was such a sweet soul – he touched so many hearts and that love has certainly left this world a better place.

    Always in our thoughts and prayers,
    Love, Lynda and Fred

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  33. Trixie and Geoge Williams :

    Mary, Doug, Joan and family,
    So very sorry to hear of Elvis’ passing. I have so many great memories of the time I spent at your home in Lumsden and Lab. City. It was always a pleasure to see Elvis. I know he enjoyed my visits too. Mary, I can hear you now on one occasion when I was in Lab. City “Elvis stop suffusing them card so hard”! I just knew he was doing it to torment us!! LOL. Elvis, I still have the little gold heart that you gave me so many years ago. Rest in peace my friend, you are with your mom and dad once again. We will cherish all the great memories. God best you all.

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  34. Ellen Hall and Scott Healey :

    Mary, Doug, Joan and family,
    Sorry to hear of Elvis’ passing. I have many memories of Elvis from my Newtown and Halifax days. Always pleasant and a tireless worker. May he rest in peace. Mary, you were not only his sister, you were his best friend. You are in our thoughts at this difficult time. Ellen and Scott

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