Gerald H. Parker

MADISON - Jerry Parker, beloved husband, father and grandfather, passed away peacefully Jan. 5, 2013, at Oak Grove Rehabilitation Center, Waterville, with his loving family by his side. Jerry was born Feb. 2, 1937, in Bangor, son of the late Marshall and Margaret (Sproul) Parker.

He graduated from Hallowell High School in 1956. At age 50 he earned his master electrician's license. He married Ellen Nelson, July 27, 1986. Jerry worked at RSL, Commercial Distributors and North Anson Reel, retiring in 2002. Jerry belonged to the Boy Scouts of America, Jaycees, played Santa at the annual Goodwill Hinckley School Festival of Lights, and volunteered as assistant set designer both for Madison Junior High School Drama Club and the eighth grade graduation dance. He enjoyed playing cribbage with friends, as well as Cash Man at Hollywood Casino. With his wife he loved traveling and together they visited 48 of the 50 states. Jerry was most proud of being a 34-year chip holder in Madison AA.

In addition to his parents, Jerry was predeceased by his daughter, Bridget. Jerry is survived by his wife of 25 years, Ellen of Madison; children, Bruce and wife, Pam, of Hampden, Tammy and husband, Erwin, of Columbia Falls, Becky and husband, Tom, of Deland, Fla., Laurie of Great Mills, Md., Rick of Madison, Brian and wife, Kim, of Unity, Mike of Madison and Chris and wife, Paula, of Madison; brother, Dana and wife, Gail, of Farmingdale; and sisters, Phyllis Powers of Portland, and Sharon and husband, Bob Livingston, of Florida. Jerry has 16 grandchildren, 17 great-grandchildren, several nieces and nephews.

A celebration of life will be held 2 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 2, at First Congregational Church, River Road, Norridgewock, where a reception will be held afterwards. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Jerry's name to HealthReach Hospice, P.O. Box 828, Waterville, ME 04903.

Published in BDN Maine on Jan. 12, 2013