David Parker

David Young Parker

1931-2013 David Young Parker died July 17, 2013 at his home in Brookline, Vermont.

He was born March 3, 1931, in East Aurora, New York to Gordon Nye Parker and Elizabeth Dickson Young Parker. He graduated from the Nichols School in Buffalo, New York in 1949, and received a BA in Business from Middlebury College, in Middlebury, Vermont in 1953.

For 20 years, David managed a family-owned manufacturing firm, Cling-Surface Company, expanding the firm's overseas business. During this time, he was active in the Buffalo Chapter of the World Trade Association, serving as its President for several years in the 1960s.

In 1973, he moved to his family home in Vermont full-time, and worked first for Boise Cascade and then Specialty Paperboard as Export Sales Manager until his retirement in 1994. David was proud of his almost 2 million miles of travel for his work that took him to more than 50 countries in Europe, Asia, and South America.

He was a lifelong Rotarian and was also proud of the fact that he attended Rotary in virtually all of those 50 countries. David loved to fly and for many years had a small plane of his own that he and his wife Carol would take on vacations to Florida, the outer-islands of the Bahamas, South Texas and many closer places. For much of his life, David was an avid outdoorsman - he loved to hunt, snowshoe, canoe, and garden, and remained an active steward of his land in Brookline. Attending the Annual Town Meeting in Brookline was an event that he enjoyed immensely and never missed. But more than anything, he loved his family, his land, his home and community in Brookline, Vermont.

He is survived by his wife of 62 years, Carol Wertz Parker; son, David Young Parker, Jr. and his wife Lee Anne; daughter, Valinda Parker Gorder and her husband Paul; two grand daughters, Erika Wells Parker and Katherine Joanne Nopper; sisters Rachael P. Paul and Elizabeth P. Sanders; and seven nieces and nephews.

FUNERAL NOTICE: Services will be Saturday July 27, 2013 at the Newfane Congregational Church at 11:00 AM. A reception for friends and family will be held following the ceremony at the Parker home at 78 Parker Road, Brookline, VT.

Funeral Home

White Funeral Home
57 High Street Brattleboro, VT 05301

Published in Brattleboro Reformer on July 23, 2013