- Parker James Winship, 98, died following declining health December 20, 2016, at a Bangor healthcare facility. He was born November 16, 1918, in Woodland, the son of Charles L. and Amber "Mae" (Guiggey) Winship.
Parker attended Mapleton High School. During WWII he served in the Navy on the submarine chaser USS SC1037 off the states of Washington and Alaska. He moved with his family to Bradford in 1949 and established a dairy farm of all registered Holsteins for which he took great pride. His last several working years were spent as a machinist for the Bangor & Aroostook Railroad. On December 27, 1997, he married Dorothy (Chase) Jones. Parker and Dorothy wintered in Florida several years before moving back to Maine.
In addition to his parents, Parker was predeceased by his wife of 56 years, Doris (White) Winship; their son Parker J. Winship, Jr.; granddaughter Teresa Addison; stepson Kendall Jones and siblings Charlene Stockley, Pauline Bryan, Edwin Winship, Marion Hertz, Barbara Carlson, and Herbert Winship.
Surviving in addition to his wife are his daughters, Donna Taylor and husband Ronald of Surry, Miranda Newell and husband Robert of Chesterfield, VA, and Valerie Nelson and partner Brian Young of Bradley; his sister Joyce Hunter of Patten; his stepsons, Stephen Jones and wife Deanna of Glenburn and Barry Jones and wife Nadine of Corinth; his seven grandchildren, and 12 great-grandchildren.
A graveside service and interment with military honors will be held in the spring at Patten Cemetery. As Parker was an avid reader, those who wish to remember him in a special way may make gifts in his memory to the John B. Curtis Free Public Library, 435 Main Road, Bradford, ME 04410. A service of Brookings-Smith, Bangor.