I am a former Massage Therapist who worked with many of the 49ers for 16 years. I have so many fond and funny memories of Parys! The one I’d like to share is the very first day I ever met Parys. It was in Santana Row at Straits Restaurant in the evening right when he signed with the 49ers. As I mentioned, I was a massage therapist for many of the team at the time and had strong, amazing friendships with all of my clients that I worked on.
With that being said I walked into straights with a few friends and saw a gentleman sitting at the bar eating a meal all by himself. The gentleman was wearing a Red hat , white t-shirt and jeans. He had his head down and was throughly enjoying his meal. Well, earlier that day I was hanging out with my friend Kevan Barlow, a current player from the team, and Kevan was wearing the exact same outfit earlier that same day. So when I saw him I immediately thought it was Kevan again!
I skipped right on over to the bar and gave him a big hug from behind and a kiss on the cheek and said, why are you sitting here all by yourself!?
Well. You can only imagine to BOTH OF OUR SURPRISE’S when I saw it was NOT Kevan, it was Parys, whom I had never met or even heard of at the time! Parys kind of froze up and awkwardly looked at me with one of those “what in the heck” faces Parys does so well, and said with kind of an awkward chuckle “ uh, I think you have the wrong guy”! OMGOODNESS I WAS MORTIFIED, and quickly told him that I thought he was someone else, Kevan Barlow to be exact and with that Parys looked my straight in the eye and said. “Humph, I’m WAY better looking than that guy”!! And that is how we met..
Parys became one of my dearest friends over the next decade and was always someone I loved to talk to and be around. Parys had the biggest heart, the most beautiful smile, the hands down best sense of humor and was so kind to everyone he met! I can truly say I loved Prays very much, and so many of my friends that I introduced him to loved him too, including my husband. Parys was one of a kind and will be forever missed, the world and our community lost a truly beautiful human being. I know we all have wonderful memories of Parys, and it’s not surprising because he was and unforgettably wonderful person and friend.
My sincerest condolences, and sending love and to Parys’s loved ones. Thank you for sharing your light with us all.