Lawrence Eugene Parker
December 21, 1929 – February 21, 2015
Lawrence Eugene Parker passed away peacefully after the fight of his life, with his loving wife Linda and his seven children surrounding him, at the University of Miami Hospital on Saturday, February 21st, 2015 at the age of 85 years. He will be sadly missed by his wife Linda and his seven children and their families; Don and his children, Mark, Tim, Christina and their mother, Jackie and their grandchildren Ashling and Vincent; Jean and her daughter Molly; Diane and her husband Curtis and their children Shane, Kailee and Meaghan; Ron and his wife Cheryl and their children Kieran, Joel and Sally; Anne Marie and her husband Alex; Carol and her husband Barry and their daughter Paige, and Brian and his wife Sharon and their children Jack and Beth. Tim’s partner Citra and their children Rafa and Brenia will have lost the opportunity to meet Laurie. Laurie’s three sisters Geraldine, Janarius, and Marguerite will also miss their brother. He also leaves behind many nephews and nieces and their families with whom he is connected. Laurie was predeceased by Lenore, his loving wife of over 50 years in 2007, his parents, Mamie and Leslie, his siblings and their spouses, Rueben, Muriel, Herbert, Ronald, Caroline, Marie, Roland, Adrian, Maurice, Rita, Leon, Gordon, Lloyd, and Len. Friends from sunny Florida and across Canada will also mourn the loss of Laurie.
Laurie lived life to the fullest and cared for others first. A prairie boy at heart, he settled in many parts of Canada and the United States as he pursued his career and “retirement” in the oil and gas industry. Patriarch of the Parker family, Laurie was most proud of his children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren. His words of wisdom, integrity and strength will never be forgotten and will be sadly missed. A devoted husband to Lenore and now to Linda, he always ensured that this large family had a place to come home to. Outside of work and family, Laurie loved to golf, fish, dance and drink the odd glass of red wine! Laurie was dedicated to his church and silently gave where there was need.
Prayers and visitation are to be held at Snodgrass Funeral Home, High River on Friday, February 27th starting at 7:00 p.m. A Funeral Service will be held on Saturday, February 28th at 1:00 p.m. at the St. Francis de Sales Catholic Church in High River with Father Edward Hospet officiating. An Interment service will follow at the Highwood Cemetery, as well as a reception at the Highwood Memorial Centre 128 5th Ave W High River, Alberta. The family would like to thank the staff at the University of Miami Hospital for all their efforts and their caring professionalism. If desired, memorial tributes may be made directly or at the funeral service in Laurie’s memory to the Heart and Stroke Foundation 100 – 119 14th St. N.W., Calgary, Alberta, T2N 1Z6, the Alzheimer Society of Calgary 201 – 222 58 Ave. S.W., Calgary, Alberta, T2H 2S3 or the St. Francis de Sales Immigration Fund 206 9th Ave S.W, High River, Alberta, T1V 1A4. To email condolences please visit www.snodgrassfuneralhomes.com. Arrangements in care of SNODGRASS FUNERAL HOMES LTD., High River (403-652-2222).