Parker, Michael P. Sr. GUILDERLAND Michael P. Parker Sr., 70, of Guilderland, passed peacefully on October 29, 2011 after a long illness surrounded by family. Born on August 25, 1941, to the late Paul F. Parker and Eileen Kendrick Parker of Loudon-ville, Mike was a graduate of Christian Brothers Academy in 1959 where he achieved the rank of captain, and lettered in basketball and track. He enrolled in Manhattan College where he played on the freshman basketball team. He graduated in 1963 with a bachelor's degree in science. Mike went to work for the State University of New York central administration in 1963. In 1967, Mike joined the ranks of the New York State Department of Health, where he was eventually appointed director of health facilities planning. He retired in 1995, and then later served as a consultant for Cicero and Associates of White Plains, N.Y. Mike was a member of Fort Hunter Volunteer Fire Company, starting in 1968. He served as chairman of the Fort Hunter Board of Fire Commissioners for more than 30 years. Through this role, Mike was instrumental in the formation of Western Turnpike Rescue Squad Station Two on Carman Road in Guilderland. He was named a life member of Fort Hunter. Mike was a communicant of St. Madeleine Sophie Church in Guilderland and a member of Pinehaven Country Club in Guilderland. He is survived by his wife, Mary Patricia Cassidy Parker of Guilderland; daughter, Kathleen M. Leto and her husband, Robert J. Leto of Guilderland; daughter, Maureen M. Gokey and her husband, Frederick E. Gokey IV, of Troy; son, Michael P. Parker Jr. and his wife, Angelica Parker of Guilderland and son, Matthew C. Parker of Guilderland; grandchildren, Cassidy, Mason and Genevieve Leto, Fiona and John A. Gokey, Isabela, Sofia and Lucia Parker; sister, Melinda Cushine and her husband, Jon Cushine; aunts, Eleanor Parker Roddy and Mary Jane Toot Parker; nephews, Brian and Timothy Reagan; brothers-in-law, Jack Cassidy and his wife, Virginia Carr Cassidy of San Diego, James Cassidy and his wife, Nancy Neville Cassidy of Pinehurst, N.C., and William Cassidy and his wife, Joyce Dunn Cassidy of Loudonville. Mike is also survived by several nieces, nephews and cousins. Mike was the godson of the late George T. Parker and Dora Kendrick Halter. Calling hours will be held Wednesday from 4 to 8 p.m. at Guilderland's DeMarco-Stone Funeral Home, 5216 Western Turnpike (Rt. 20 just west of Carman Road, Rt.146). Funeral services will begin Thursday, 9 a.m. at the funeral home followed at 10 a.m. by a Mass of Christian Burial at the Church of St. Madeleine Sophie, 3500 Carman Rd. Burial will follow in St. Agnes Cemetery in Menands. The family suggests contributions in Michael's name to Birthright of Albany, N.Y., 586 Central Ave., Albany, NY 12206.
Published in Albany Times Union from Nov. 1 to Nov. 2, 2011