On Saturday, the 20th of October 2012, Bruce Parkinson took a walk down the trail into eternity.
He was born March 21, 1944 in Mount Vernon, Washington, to Bernard and Ethel Parkinson.
Bruce grew up at the end of Amick Road with his older brother Bob. There his love for the outdoors was born and nurtured.
After graduating from Mount Vernon High School, where he met some of his closest friends for life, Bruce attended WWU.
In 1966 Bruce joined the Navy where he was honorably discharged in 1970. He then returned to Skagit County, where he met his wife Christine. They were married April 14, 1973. Several years later Bruce began both his family and his career at the Texaco/Shell refinery. Bruce loved living the next 35 years in Anacortes, where he raised his three children, Nate, Pete and Rachel. While working at the refinery, he met more close friends.
He enjoyed biking, golfing and sitting with friends on his back deck sipping a drink. Bruce could also be found walking one of his three constant companions Goose, Max, or Watson along the trails of the Anacortes Forest Lands or riding his bicycle around Fidalgo Island.
Bruce was adored by his wife and children, and especially by his grandchildren, Sydney, Cooper, Bennett, and Amelia. He was affectionately known as Pop pop or Pappa. He would say that he didn't need big fancy vacations anymore. He was content to sit in one of the adirondack chairs he built, in his immaculate back yard and talk with friends, watch his grandchildren play and throw the ball to his dog.
An informal gathering to celebrate Bruce's life will be held at the Seafarers' Memorial Building in Anacortes. It will begin at approximately 2:00 pm Saturday, October 27, 2012.
Arrangements are in the care of Evans Funeral Chapel and Crematory, Inc., Anacortes, WA and the San Juan Islands. To share memories of Bruce, please sign the online guest register at www.evanschapel.com.
Evans Funeral Chapel - Anacortes
1105 32nd Street Anacortes, WA 98221
Published in Skagit Valley Herald Publishing Company on Oct. 25, 2012