Dr. G. William Parker
April 04, 1935 ‒ September 05, 2016
Dr. G. William Parker, 81, of Delaware died Monday, September 5, 2016, quietly at home following a 15 year battle with Parkinson Disease.
He was born April 4, 1935 to Dr. James Parker and Harriot (Strohm) Parker.
Bill is survived by his wife of 21 years, Mary Ann; seven children, Ted (Noemi), Kathy Parker, Tom (Tracy), Julie Matlack (Keith), Bill (Betsey), David (Sara) and Joseph (Jill); three step-daughters, Rochelle Cording, Robin Ramp and Renee Wang; nineteen grandchildren and two great grandsons. He is also survived by two brothers, David (Carol) and Phil (Tina).
Bill was a life-long member of St. Mary Catholic Church in Delaware and attended St Mary Elementary School. Following that, he went to Campion, a Jesuit boarding school in Wisconsin for high school. He attended St. Louis University for college and medical school. He took his internship and residency at the University of Michigan, during which he had an 18 month hiatus to answer Uncle Sam’s call to serve his country in the Air Force. He was a Captain at McClellan AFB Hospital in Sacramento, California during the Vietnam War.
He returned to Delaware in 1967 as a general surgeon and joined the practice of his father, Dr. James Parker and brother, Dr. J. R. Parker. He served the community at Jane M. Case/Grady Memorial Hospital for 32 years.
Bill loved growing roses and was a member of the Delaware Rose Society. He also loved playing golf with his buddies as often as he could.
One of his favorite things was giving a talk to various organizations about the Crucifixion, the physical aspect of Christ’s suffering on the cross. He made annual trips to the Abbey of Gethsemani, a Trappist Monastery in Kentucky for a retreat.
Due to an anonymous donor sponsoring a lecture series in his honor, many well-known speakers were brought to Delaware. The Medical Library at Grady Hospital was named in honor of him and other members of the Parker family who were physicians.
He will be remembered by his love of his family and friends and his care and devotion to the patients he served in the Delaware community. Thank you Heavenly Father for placing this man in our lives. He will be greatly missed.
The family will receive friends on Friday, September 9, 2016 from 4 – 7 pm at the Snyder Rodman Funeral Center, 101 Valleyside Drive (formerly 1510 W. William Street), Delaware. A Mass of Christian burial will be held on Saturday, September 10, 2016 at 10:00 am at St. Mary Catholic Church, 82 E. William St., Delaware with Rev. Fr. Michael Watson officiating. Burial will follow in St. Mary Cemetery. The St. Mary Bereavement Committee will then host a reception in the Snyder Rodman Community Room immediately following the burial.
In lieu of flowers, contributions in Bill’s memory may be made to St. Mary Catholic Church or to the American Parkinson Disease Association, 135 Parkinson Avenue, Staten Island, New York 10305.
The Snyder Rodman Funeral Center is honored to serve this veteran and his family.
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