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Rev. Paul E. Parker

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MANCHESTER -- A service in celebration of the life of the Rev. Paul E. Parker was celebrated Saturday morning, June 25, 2005 at Zion Episcopal Church in Manchester.

The Rt. Rev. Mark S. Sisk, bishop of the diocese of New York, was the celebrant. Music was under the direction of music director and organist Michael Cassarino, who led the congregation and the choir of Trinity Episcopal Church in Rutland in the singing of the hymns, “Christ the Victorious,” “Love Divine, All Love’s Excelling,” “Jesus Son of Mary,” “How Lovely is Thy Dwelling Place” and “Come, Labor On.” The offertory anthem was Ave Verum and the Russian Kontakion of the Departed was sung by the choir. Personal remembrances were offered by the Rev. Parker’s children, Elizabeth and Malcolm Parker. The homily was read by longtime friend and associate the Rev. Ray Donahue. Assisting Bishop Fisk was the Rev. Audrey Murdock; crucifer David Lewis; lestors, the Rev. Alan Gibson and Jeannette Renouf; thurifer, the Rev. Alan Gibson; and ushers, W. Michael Nawrath and Joseph C. Hatfield II. Interment followed a reception for family and friends in the family lot in Dellwood Cemetery in Manchester where Bishop Sisk offered burial rites and committal prayers. Serving as pall bearers were Malcolm Parker, Jeffrey Parker, Daniel Atwood, John Boynton, Nathan Boynton, James McGraw, Marshall Peck II and Charles Rockwell. David Wesley played the hymn “Amazing Grace” on the bagpipes as the casket was lowered to the earth where family and friends were invited to sprinkle the casket with earth and daisies.

The Rev. Paul E. Parker, a resident of Manchester, died Saturday, June 18, 2005, at Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center in Lebanon, N.H.

Arrangements were under the care of Brewster Funeral Service, 34 Park Place, Manchester Center.
Published in Bennington Banner on June 28, 2005
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