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Paul E. Parker

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MANCHESTER CENTER -- Paul E. Parker died on Saturday, June 18, 2005, at Dartmouth Hitchcock Medical Center. He was born June 23, 1926, in Springfield, Ill., the son of Myron Albert Parker and Esther Hall. His childhood years were spent in Chesterfield, Ill., where he attended a two-room schoolhouse and rode horseback to both of his grandparents farms. In 1940 Paul moved to Meadville, Pa., where he lived with his Aunt Fannie and Uncle Fred Parker and his cousins Pauline and Ryland. After graduating from high school, he entered the Navy and was stationed in Guam during the Second World War.

Upon his return, he attended Hobart College in Geneva, N.Y., where he received his B.A. and General Theological Seminary where he received a master’s degree in divinity. Paul was ordained on Epiphany in 1955 at the Cathedral of St. John the Divine. He served in the diocese of New York for 35 years.

On June 16, 1951, he was married in Meadville, Pa., to Mary Ann Sugg, who was also an Episcopalian. She taught school, was an avid traveler, gardener and lover of chamber music.

He started his ministry at St. James Chapel and St. Paul’s of South Salem and Lewisboro, N.Y., respectively. He then went on to build St. Simon’s church on Staten Island. In 1963 he moved to West Park, N.Y., on the banks of the Hudson River, where he served two churches, Ascension and Holy Trinity, for 18 years. He was on the boards of the New Paltz Student Christian Center and Planned Parenthood. He was the president of the Highland Library Board. He also participated in the dioceses of New York Anglican Lutheran Conversations.

In 1960 Paul and Mary Ann bought a vacation home with Rose and Glen Boynton in Windham, which they co-owned for 25 years.

Paul loved horses and drove a custom built cart with his horse, Beauty.

During the summer, he would often take services at St. Luke’s in Chester. In 1981, he became the rector of Christ the King in Stone Ridge, N.Y. He traveled with Mary Ann who was an indefatigable traveler, attending many great cathedrals in England and France and pursuing their interest in English and French architecture. He was very musical and started to play the organ at the Episcopal Church in Chesterfield at the age of 13. He was often asked to perform as a vocalist and enjoyed both liturgical and chamber music.

After his retirement he served in the diocese of Vermont as an interim rector at Trinity Church in Rutland, St. James’ Church in Arlington and St. Paul’s in Wells and took services at Zion Manchester and various churches throughout the diocese. For the last 11 years he has wintered in Tucson, Ariz., where he was an affiliated clergy at St. Philip’s in the Hills.

He is survived by his brother, Gerald A. Parker of Lakeland, Fla.; his cousin, Pauline Cosyns of Tucson, Ariz.; his daughter, Elizabeth Mary Parker of Manchester; his son, Malcolm Alan Parker, and his wife, Jaqueline of Palmer, of Lake Colorado; two grandsons, Jeffrey and Caleb; and granddaughters, Laura, Rebecca and Mulunesh.

The funeral will be held on Saturday, June 25, at 10 a.m. at Zion Episcopal Church, Manchester Center. The Rt. Rev. Mark Sisk, Episcopal bishop of the diocese of New York, will celebrate the service. There will be a reception following the ceremony. The interment will take place thereafter at Dellwood Cemetery. Paul has requested that donations be made to the capital fund of the Mark Skinner Library in Manchester. For directions and to send e-mail condolences, visit www.sheafuneralhomes.com. Arrangements are under the care of Brewster Funeral Services, 34 Park Place, Manchester Center.
Published in Bennington Banner on June 24, 2005
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