Raymond E. Parker
ORANGE — Raymond E. Parker, 77, of Wheeler Avenue, died at home on Wednesday morning, Dec. 20, 2017 surrounded by his loving family.
Born in Athol on May 7, 1940, he was a son of the late Peter J. and Effie (Swantee) Parker and grew up in Orange, and attended Orange High School.
On May 14, 1960, Raymond married Sandra A. (Parker) and they have enjoyed 57 years of marriage.
Raymond had served in the Army National Guard.
Known throughout the area as a roofing specialist, he had owned and operated Parker Roofing for many years.
A loving husband, father and grandfather, Raymond was a devoted fan of his grandchildren’s sporting events. Over the years, he had served as a coach for Babe Ruth, Little League and Pop Warner football.
Raymond enjoyed hunting and fishing, as well as the New England sports teams. He also was a collector of things and enjoyed a good tag sale.
A member and supporter of the Mahar Boosters, he had also belonged to the Masonic Lodge.
Raymond is sadly missed by his beloved wife, Sandra Parker of Orange; sons, Peter Parker and his wife Candace of Athol, Scott Parker and his wife Lisa of Orange, Tom Parker and his wife Rachael of Athol; grandchildren, Bethany, Matthew, Allyson, Delaney, Tom Jr., Samantha, Payton, Jessee and Tabatha; Also 3 great-grandchildren, Brayden, Bradley and Vera; brothers, Gordon Parker of Arizona and Donald Parker of Barre; sisters, Shirley Jaillet of Gardner and Jean Galvis of Turners Falls; several nephews and nieces; a special sister in law and her husband, Diane and Dick Hamlett of Orange; and his pets, “Angel” and “Lucy”.
Besides his parents, Raymond was predeceased by brothers, Robert Parker and Wilfred Parker.
There are no calling hours.
A celebration of life will be held later in the spring of 2018.
Donations in Raymond’s memory are suggested to Senator’s Boosters, c/o Larry Fisher, 100 Winter Street, Orange, MA 01364.
Witty’s Funeral Home, 158 South Main Street, Orange, is directing the arrangements.
You may offer your sympathy online at www.wittyfuneralhome.com
ORANGE — Raymond Parker, 77, of Wheeler Avenue, died at home on Wednesday morning, Dec. 20, 2017, surrounded by his loving family. Funeral arrangements are pending with Witty’s Funeral Home, 158 South Main St., Orange.