NORTH ATTLEBORO - James Louis "Louie" Parker, Sr. of North Attleboro died Friday, January 18, 2013 in Norwood Hospital surrounded by his loving family at age 91. He was the devoted husband of Shirley B. (Bouler) Parker for over 43 years.
Born July 2, 1921 in Moosup, CT, he was a son of the late Lewis F. and Mary (Crowley) Parker.
Louie grew up in Cumberland, RI and was a 1940 graduate of Cumberland High School. He has been a resident of North Attleboro for over sixty years.
Louie worked as an industrial engineer at several local firms including Spiedel and Owens Corning. He also worked as a polisher at Evans Case for many years and was a time study engineer at Callots Artificial Flowers in Rhode Island. Louie received an Honorary Degree from Harvard University for his work.
He was also the night manager and desk operator at North Bowl Lanes for over thirty years where he was known as "Awesome Lou Parker" and sometimes was fondly called "North Bowl's Mr. Nasty". He was an avid golfer and bowler who enjoyed watching any sport, particularly when he got to watch his grandchildren play. In his youth he was a great athlete competing in football, baseball and track.
He was a former member of Highland, Heather Hill and Pawtucket Country Clubs. He also loved spending time with his family, especially his grandchildren and spending time in his yard.
Louie was also a proud veteran of the U.S. Coast Guard, serving in World War II.
In addition to his wife, he is survived by two sons: James L. Parker, Jr. and G. Kevin Parker both of Attleboro; six daughters: Marcia Pouliot of North Attleboro, Susan McGowan of North Attleboro, Suzette Makani of Douglas, Leitha Parker, Donna Johnson and Catherine Parker Tague all of North Attleboro; a sister Margaret "Peggy" Walker of Lancaster, PA; 22 grandchildren, 17 great-grandchildren and 1 great-great grandchild.
He was father of the late Louis F. Parker and James M. Parker and brother of the late William Parker, John C. Parker, Sr., Charles Parker, Mary Thurber, Phoebe Johnson, Ruthie James and Gracie Johnson.
Visiting hours will be held on Monday, January 21 from 4-8 p.m. in the Sperry & McHoul Funeral Home, 15 Grove Street, North Attleboro. A funeral service will be held in the funeral home on Tuesday, January 22 at 10 a.m. followed by burial with U.S. Coast Guard military honors in Mt. Hope Cemetery & Arboretum.
Donations in Louie's memory may be made to the North Attleboro Animal Shelter, 43 South Washington Street, North Attleboro, MA 02760. To sign an online guestbook for Lou, please visit www.sperry-mchoul.com.