Michael P. Parker Sr.
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.
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Dear Mike, December was always one of our favorite months & it still is for me...especially December 1959 and December 1963. 1959 was our first date and our first New Year's Eve...which was a party at 2 Maple Lane South...the first time I was inside Maple Lane. Many years later...our first three grandbabies were brought home to Maple Lane as infants...residing in the Parker homestead. December 1963 was our Wedding Day - one we share - 50 years later with Matt and Erin. Our grandkids are thriving and I enjoy them all immensely. Two handsome grandsons and eight "gorgeous" grandgirls keep me surrounded with wonderful companions of all ages. Keep us strong with your thoughts and prayers. Love, Patty
Patricia Parker
December 31, 2018

Spent the day playing tennis with my girls, one of the many crazy sports your Parker clan partook in (well maybe just one member of the family). Still, watching their joy brings back memories of you cheering me on the courts, in the gym or on the field. It didn't matter what sport (or Maureen and Katy's dancing/cheering/etc.) you were always there to show your support. I pray every day that I'm providing the same reassurance for my girls, that no matter what sport or activity they do I will be there to cheer and support them. But of course, they have to do something -- one lesson I definitely learned!
Michael Parker
August 6, 2017
Michael Parker
August 4, 2017
Dear Mike, Thinking of you in a special way on the anniversary of our wedding day. 53 years ago today December 28th was a perfect day to become your Christmas bride. Love, Patty
Patricia Parker
December 28, 2016
Thinking of my beloved husband today and always. Our ninth grandchild, Eleanor...has joined her cousins this year and has become a delight to all of us. You must enjoy seeing Ellie having fun with her cousins who love to spoil her immensely! I can hear you telling Ellie she is "gorgeous" as you always did with the other 6 Parker grandgirls. Our two handsome grandsons are my prince charmings. Eleanor wore the Parker christening dress worn by her Great Grampa Paul Parker and her Great Grand Aunt Eleanor Parker the first!. Ellie has those magnificant blue eyes which she has inherited from the Parkers and Cassidys. Love you forever, Patty
October 29, 2016
Happy Anniversary to my beloved Mike. Thinking of you today on the celebration of our wedding 52 years ago. This year you have two new dear ones with whom you can share memories...my brother, Jim and his beloved wife, Nancy. Loving you as always. Patty
December 28, 2015
Thinking of you today, Mike. Today was a spectacular autumn day...just the kind of day you would be heading to Pinehaven for a few rounds of golf. My brother, Jim is now with you looking down upon us all. Perhaps the both of you have managed to get Aces today. Jim will be a fine companion for you whenever you are in the mood to enjoy a day on the heavenly greens. Missing you as always. Love, Patty
October 29, 2015
"Thinking of you this Easter"
Isabela Parker
April 5, 2015
Thinking of you as I do every day, but in a special way today as we celebrate the 51st Anniversary of our Wedding. How fortunate we were throughout our lives together to create abundant faith, happiness, love and trust on our journey of life. Thank you for us becoming Mr. and Mrs. Parker on December 28th. Love, Patty
Patricia Parker
December 28, 2014
Love you, Dad.
The Four Aces
October 29, 2014
October 29, 2014
Happy Birthday, Mike! Thinking today of how fortunate we were to have been able to celebrate 51 birthdays together...starting with our nineteenth! The links in heaven must be your location today. We of course will be singing to you later. The kids can't wait to enjoy your favorite cake...chocolate with vanilla buttercream frosting. Love to my lifelong soulmate.....Patty
Patricia Parker
August 25, 2014
Dear Mike, Thinking of you today on Father's Day as I do every day. Thankful that I had you by my side as we enjoyed life together and raised our four children. Your spirit is always with me. Love, Patty
Patricia Parker
June 15, 2014
Patty Parker
December 31, 2013
Happy 50th Anniversary...December 28, 2013 to my beloved husband, Mike. As I recently reflected with our children...thanks to Mike Parker asking Pat Cassidy for a date and she responding "yes"...I became your Christmas Bride and there are a lot of beautiful people in our world. The 28th was a day filled with joy and grand blessings as your spirit filled us with love, faith and trust. As you gazed upon us, we welcomed Erin as the newest Mrs. Parker. Thanks to Matt Parker asking Erin Walsh for a date and she responding "yes"...we have an amazing new Christmas Bride and we look forward to more beautiful people joining our family. All my love....Patty
Patricia Parker
December 29, 2013
Thinking of you today and knowing you are reveling in the glimpses of your family as dreams are fulfilled through love, faith and commitment. Your abiding strength is with each of us everyday. Our grandkids love to hear all the memories half expecting to see you joining all the fun. Hope you are enjoying a round of golf. Love as always.....Patty
Patricia Parker
October 29, 2013
Enjoying the warmth of family and thinking of you today.
Michael Parker
October 29, 2013
Michael Parker
October 29, 2013
Michael Parker
June 24, 2013
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Michael Parker
June 24, 2013
Happy Birthday, Mike...my husband and soul mate with whom I have shared life's joys and challenges. It is a glorious day and all of your loved ones are thinking of you today in very special ways. You are probably enjoying a day of golfing in paradise where you have shot your age...71! We all know there are no handicaps...of any kind...in heaven. Love, Patty
Patricia Parker
August 25, 2012
The grass is turning green
The sun is shining bright
A warmth grows in the air
The day is filled with light
Surely it's St. Patty's
And yet, there's something more
Surely you are here as well
As you have been before
We feel you in the sunshine
Your laughter fills the air
Hope fills this day, and days to come
This day's St. Patrick's prayer.
We love you and miss you, Dad. Happy St. Patrick's Day--thanks for the sunshine :)
Maureen Gokey
March 17, 2012
For my brother

Your Giants won the Super Bowl! I knew they would, with al the other Giants fans in heaven rooting for them. You would be proud. I miss you so much, and do feel your presence sometimes. I do enjoy them. Please pray for all those you left behind, we miss you.
Love, Mindy
February 9, 2012
To my brother Mike
I have a hole in my heart now that you are gone. I miss you. I know that you are with mom and dad and today, dad has been gone 5 years. I hope all of you are sharing all the great memories that our family had. Hey!, your Giants are going to the Super Bowl, fitting huh? You will be in my prayers and missed every day of my life.
Love, your sister Mindy
January 26, 2012
Hi Pat
This is Pete Kelly, so sorry to hear about Mike.We grew up together and was a good friend.My heart goes out to you, I lost my wife in 2002. I just found out about Mike this morning as I live in Pompano Beach FL. for the winter and just got down here. I will keep him as well as you and family in my prayers. God Bless Pete
Pete Kelly
November 7, 2011
Katie: I am so sorry to hear about your Dad, who I know you loved very much. Please accept my sincere condolences and know you and your family are in my thoughts and in my prayers. God Bless.
Nina Paonessa
November 4, 2011
Your Dad was always my Big Boy Cousin. He laughed with all of us, but was kind of serious at the same time. Like our dear Susan, he is now at peace. As a family, you took wonderful care of him. Mike was lucky to have you and you were all lucky to have him.
November 4, 2011
On behalf or Maureen and I, may I offer our deepest sympathies on the loss of Mike. Mindy, I apologize that we couldn't make the visitation due to work schedules.
Rick & Maureen Nash - CBA Class of 1959
November 3, 2011
Pat, Mike will be dearly missed. We remember all the installation dinners when he was the MC. Our prayers are with you and your family
Leonard & Rhonda Warner Jr
November 3, 2011
Maureen, I am so sorry to hear about the loss of your father. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.
Christina Carbone
November 2, 2011
Pat, Maureen, Kate, Mike, and Matt- we are very sad to hear of Mike's passing. You are all in our thoughts and prayers. Love, The Valeks
November 2, 2011
I have so many fond memories of Mike at the Health Department, when we worked together in the Division of Health Facility Planning. What a great leader and wonderful man. He always made us laugh. My sympathies to the family.
Joann Carroll
November 2, 2011
Our prayers are with Mike and the entire Parker family. I had the great pleasure of working under Mike's direction at the Department of Health and later working with him at the Cicero Consulting firm. Mike was always a joy to be around. Of all the good things Mike did while with the Department, (forget the healthcare stuff) perhaps the best was organizing the annual summer Golf Tournament at Pinehaven. I still have the "group photos" and Mike's unique style of golf attire will long be remembered.
Charlie & Rose Murphy
November 2, 2011
Michael Jr. and Family: Our sincere and deepest condolences to you and your family, you're in our thoughts.
Karl Luntta and Family
November 2, 2011
Pat and Family: Our sincere condolences on the passing of Mike. We have fond memories of our times at the Saratoga Track and the
office X-mas parties at your home. We will keep you in our prayers.

Muriel and George Dempsey
November 2, 2011
Our deepest sympathy to the Parker Family from Carol & Ray Breehey
Carol Breehey
November 2, 2011
I remember Mike as a man of great kindness. He was always able to generate extraordinary enthusiasm in whatever he did. Meeting him at a few of the reunions I attended he always expressed genuine interest and concern in what others were doing. I truly admired him from afar. I am sorry. Dick Holm CBA '59
November 2, 2011
To the Parker Family

Our thoughts and prayers are with you all. Your dad, husband, grandfather - Mike was a great guy. Mike was a great family man and also a dedicated citizen that helped his community. The care given by his wife and family over the pst years is a testament to the love he greatly deserved.

The Kennedy Family
Kenneth Kennedy
November 2, 2011
Our thoughts and prayers go out to the Parker Family. May God ease your burden of sorrow at this difficult time. Love, the Sivers. Nick and Marcia
Nick Siver
November 2, 2011
So sorry for your loss. You're in our thoughts and prayers.
Chip and Michelle Adalian
November 2, 2011
Dear Pat and Maureen,
Our thoughts and prayers are with you during this sad and trying time.
We remember you and your family as members of St Madeleines' Parish,and The Academy of Holy Names family and I remember you Pat as a fellow classmate of the class of 1959 at Vincentian Institute.
Joanne (Phelan) Moeling, and Kelly Ann (McAuliff) Evans. God Bless you all.
November 1, 2011
Mrs. Parker, and family. I will never forget all of the wonderful times my family spent with yours at good old Fort Hunter Fire House, from clam bakes, to fun events at the fire hall, but most of all I will remember how happy my dad was when he was with Mike up on the ladder with those big red suspenders with the fire hose trying to win first prize on one of there silly games trying to spray the bucket to the opposite end. My mom and Dad have moved onto Heaven already and I know that they are happy, and healthy and hopefully are sitting with Mike catching up right now. My deepest sympathy is with you and all your family, and I am so grateful that our families shared so many wonderful memories together.

God Bless,
Lori Dickershaid Bergami
November 1, 2011

I am very sorry to hear of Mike's passing. The extraordinary efforts of you and your family the past 6 years are nothing short of heroic and a testament to your love for Mike.

With deepest sympathies,

Cindy LaFleur (daughter of JD Brown)
Cindy LaFleur
November 1, 2011
Sorry to hear of the loss of your father, May your faith bring you comfort during this time. Thoughts and prayers..
The Baumann Family
November 1, 2011
Maureen, My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family at this difficult time! May your Dad rest in peace.
Molly Pentak
November 1, 2011
Pat, we are truly saddened by Mike's passing. It was great to see him at the reunion . We have so many beautiful memories from high school and college. He will be greatly missed. We hope that you find comfort knowing that his suffering is over and that he now rests in the warmth of God's love.
Tom and Maryann King
November 1, 2011
Pat and the Parker Clan - I will forever remember Mike for what an honest, forthright person he was. To us younger firefighters back in the day, to neighbors, friends, and whoever he came in contact with. I was so happy to see him the day you pulled in to my house on Carman Road and he was in the van, waiting to see me. The same Mike that he always was, despite the health challenges. It was an old friend just when I needed him, telling me that all was ok. I will never forget that. He will forever be in my heart as what a man should be. He most proud accomplishments were his wife and family. And what a wonderful accomplishment that is. My heart goes out to you, Pat, and to your kids. He was a wonderful man, a wonderful friend, and someone I came to love over 30+ years. I will talk to you soon, but my heart breaks for you and your loss. Much love to you. Nancy (Adams) Baker.
John & Nancy Baker
November 1, 2011
My thoughts and prayers are with the entire Parker family. May Mr. Parker rest in peace.
Heather (Rekart) Coons
November 1, 2011
My thoughts and prayers go out to the Parker family. Mr Parker was larger than life. A big voice and an even bigger heart. Rest in peace.....- W.W.
Lori Bowen Randle
November 1, 2011
My thoughts and prayers are with the entire Parker family. Mr Parker, you were larger than life and will be missed. Rest in peace.... -W.W.
Lori Bowen Randle
November 1, 2011
My thoughts and prayers are with all of you at this time. I have so many fond memories of Mr. Parker, he was such a kind man and always treated me as part of your family. Love to all of you.
Colleen McHugh Raczkowski
November 1, 2011
Maureen, my thoughts and prayers are with you and your family at this time.
Anne Dearing
November 1, 2011
As a former colleague at the Health Dept., I offer heartfelt condolences to Mike's family.
Michael Weinstein
November 1, 2011
Pat, Mike, Angelica and family please receive our deepest sympathy.
Guillermo and Blanca Ramos
November 1, 2011
My Love and prayers to all of you.
Pam Fila Claus
November 1, 2011
I am so sorry about the loss of your father/husband. I have such good memories of him when I was a kid. Keep him in your thoughts always.
Love, Stephanie (Diacetis) Redmond
Stephanie Redmond
November 1, 2011
Maureen, I am so sorry for your loss. I hope knowing my thoughts and prayers are with you is some small comfort during this difficult time. With Sympathy, Megeen
Megeen Mulholland
November 1, 2011
On behalf of the entire membership of Pinehaven Country Club, I wish to express our sincere condolences to Mike's family during this very difficult time. Mike was a well-respected member of Pinehaven and will be sorely missed. Our thoughts and prayers are with you.
Sincerely, Jim Schultz, President Board of Directors
James Schultz
November 1, 2011
Pat & Family, I'm so sorry for your loss.
Mike was a stand-up guy. Said what he meant & meant what he said. Worked hard at Fort Hunter. We had some good times back in the day. Clambakes were always looked forward to. My thoughts & prayers are with you and yours. May peace be with you. Barbara Booth-Smith
Barbara Smith
November 1, 2011
Matt, Maureen and family: It was my pleasure to have had a few giggles with your Dad about his high school days with my friend Kelly's parents. A small world indeed --- and a big void in your hearts, I know.

May he and may you all --- find peace.
Martha Welshofer Roney
November 1, 2011
To Mike's Family - I was Mike's secretary at the NYS Dept. of Health from 1972 to 1982. He was a wonderful man and a wonderful boss. My sincere sympathy, Debbie Kundel-Geurtze
November 1, 2011
The Manhattan College alumni community shares the grief, and is now praying for our fellow alumni and the family at this time. The Alumni Office has been informed. As well as the Jasper Jottings community that I personally can reach. We are all a little poorer now. "No man is an island, entire of itself ... any man's death diminishes me". We are sorry for your loss.
fjohn reinke (mc1968)
November 1, 2011
You were a consummate professional and dedicated public servant, a proud volunteer firefighter, an unabashed fan of the N.Y. Giants and the Fighting Irish of Notre Dame, and a cordial golfer and sportsman. But most of all you were a father -- proud of your 'Parker Clan'; always there to cheer from the grandstands of Guilderland H.S., drop off instruments at school for forgetful children, take your kids on trips to Disney or your own second honeymoon to Hawaii, offer words of encouragement or a hug when needed, and never be afraid to say 'I love you.' People knew you in many ways, but as a dad, you were exceptional.
Michael Parker
November 1, 2011
Mike & Family:
Sorry to hear of the loss of your dad. He was always at all the sports and school functions to support you and your teammates. God Bless your family during this time and remember all the great memories you had.
- Mike Altieri
November 1, 2011
I worked with Mike at the Health Department back in the mid-80s. He was a wonderful, bright man who stood up for what he believed. My condolences to his family
Mary Ellen Mancinelli
November 1, 2011
you are all in our thoughts and prayers. God bless
jim and kathi keilman
November 1, 2011