Donald Patrick Parent
Van Buren - Donald Patrick Parent, 70, a lifelong resident of Van Buren passed away peacefully on November 2, 2019 at Cary Medical Center in Caribou surrounded in love by family and friends.
After graduating in 1968 from Van Buren High School, with an unwavering work ethic, Don continued to work on the family farm and to help maintain his household for several years. He worked briefly at Soucy and Dubay Grocer in Van Buren, and Logan Painting with his father-in-law, Armand Boucher, before returning to his family's tree business, H&G Harvesting. From there he worked at JJ Paradis and obtained his Burner Technician certification from Northern Maine Vocational Technical Institute. After it sold, he continued to work for Dead River until he retired in 2014.
Don served as a leader for the Van Buren Boy Scouts for several years when his brothers-in-law were young. He belonged to the ATV Four-Wheeler Club, and was an active member of the Mercy Meal Committee at St. Bruno's Church as well as Club 17 Emergency Services.
He enjoyed spending time with his family and dog, playing cards, fishing and ice fishing, cross country skiing, square dancing, ATV riding, watching television and growing Christmas trees. He and his family enjoyed many weekends camping together with two other families when their children were young. He was a quiet man and devoted husband and father, and could always be depended upon to help a neighbor in need. He was a man of many talents and built his home on the Lake Road where he and his family lived for 45 years until they moved to Long Lake upon retirement.
He is predeceased by his parents, Cecile (Levesque) Parent and Hector B. Parent; and siblings Charlene and Marcella; his stepmother Antoinette (Ouellette) Parent; and stepbrothers Alyre Ouellette and Levite Ouellette; and nephew Alex Boucher.
He is survived by his devoted partner and wife of 48 years, Kathleen (Boucher) Parent and daughter Melissa Parent; his sisters Stella and husband Allan Lagasse, and Rena and husband Nelson Craig; his brothers Gerard and wife Barbara, and Norman and wife Jennifer, all of Van Buren; as well as his brothers Ray of Ft. Lauderdale, FL. and Chanel and wife Tina of Pownal, VT.; stepsisters Marise Ouellette of Grand Falls, N.B. and Monique Ouellette of Moncton, N.B.; and stepbrother Maurice Ouellette of Drummond, N.B. and many nieces and nephews.
Don's kind and gentle nature will be deeply missed.
There is much gratitude for the extraordinary care given by Dr. Irene Djuanda and nursing and ancillary staff at Cary Medical Center. Very special thanks go to Dr. Allan Espinosa in providing and coordinating care with Dr. Roderigo Maegawa and his team at Lafayette Cancer Care and Doctors Gustavo Rivero and Premal Lulla of Baylor Hospital of Houston.
Memorial Service will be held Saturday November 16, 2019 at St. Brunos/St. Remi Catholic Church at 174 Main St. Van Buren with a meet and greet at 9 a.m., a mass at 10 a.m. a reception lunch immediately following.
In lieu of flowers, contributions can be made in Don's memory to the following: Sarah's House of Maine, Jefferson Cary Cancer Center, Angel Flight of Maine or Lymphoma Fund Research Center.
Published on November 7, 2019


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Timothy and Amanda Kane
Nov 13, 2019
May GOD continue to bless you and your family. From an Old Irish Blessing, I write,
May the roads rise to meet you
May the wind be always at your back
May the sun shine warm upon your face
and the rains fall softly upon your fields..
Until we meet again, may GOD hold you in the palm of your hand
GOD bless!
Tim, Amanda, and Family
Shirley and Doug Richardson
Nov 10, 2019
Kat, our sincere condolences to you and the family. Reading his obituary reinforces what Doug and I saw at Sarah's House; a kind and quiet man, who had a sense of humor.
Maurice and Lili Ouellette
Nov 10, 2019
Our deepest condolences to the family for the loss of this sweet and gentle man! He will surely be missed. RIP Don
Gloria Katkavich
Nov 09, 2019
My dear friend Kathy so very for your loss.Losing a soul mate is heartbreaking,I can empathize with you 🙏
Dick Violette
Nov 09, 2019
My deepest sympathies to you Kat and Melissa. Don will be greatly missed by all of us here at the lake. His kindness and gentleness to us all will be a fond memory in all of our hearts.
Jerry Ouellette
Nov 09, 2019
Sorry for your loss Gerard and family. Don was nice to everyone.
Gloria Voisine
Nov 09, 2019
Condolence to all the family, we will miss you, Rip
Gisèle &Damien; Bonenfant
Nov 09, 2019
Our sincere sympathy to all the family!
RIP Donald.
Bob Lebel
Nov 08, 2019
Thoughts and prayers to the family.
Linda LaBrecque
Nov 08, 2019
My prayers and thoughts are with the family
R.I.P. Don and God Bless
Solange Adams,Grand Falls
Nov 08, 2019
My thoughts and prayers for the family.