Dr. G. William Parker

April 04, 1935 ‒ September 05, 2016

Delaware, Ohio

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.

To share a fond memory of William or to offer a condolence to his family, please visit www.snyderfuneralhomes.com


  • So sorry to read of “Dr. Bill’s” passing. He performed several surgeries on my mom and one on my son. He was an amazing Doctor as well as good friend to my parents. He was such a warm and caring person. I worked at the hospital and he was always very nice. A great loss to the Delaware community. You are all in my prayers. God bless you at this most difficult time.

  • Our condolences from the DiPietro family to the entire family. Our thoughts and prayers are with you at this time.

  • My deepest condolences to the Parker family. After reading about this wonderful man, and the mark he made on the people in his community, I can understand well why my friend Dave, his son, is the man that he is. As a friend of Dave’s over many years and as a professional colleague, I can see the influence of this man’s character in Dave’s life. So, like those of you who knew him, I too am grateful that we share in the gifts that he brought to the world.

  • We are so sorry for your loss of a great man. You and your family are in our thoughts and prayers. May God put his comforting arms around this family and give them strength during their time of need. God bless all of you.

  • Hey Dave,
    Thoughts and prayers with you buddy and Jack. Peace and Grace be with you at this time of loss. Miss those coffee moments @ Grind!
    Mark Voris

  • We enjoyed getting to know Bill the last few years. What a warm, gracious and winsome man! We send our love and condolences to Mary Ann and the entire Parker family. – Bill and Barb Haller

  • Dear Mary Ann,
    I was so sorry to read of Dr. Parker’s passing. I have such fond memories of both of you at Grady. He was such a kind hearted physician who treated everyone well; it was a pleasure working with him. I was glad to see you at the Rose Society meetings too. I pray that
    you will be strengthened in the presence of family and friends this week. I pray your memories will be a great comfort in the days ahead. May God bless you with peace.

  • My deepest condolences to the Parker family. Dr. Parker was a great man and a doctor. Prayers to the Parker family.

  • We offer our condolences to the entire Parker family. Your Dr. Bill was an extraordinary man who brought compassion and integrity to all he did. We all knew confidence in his hands and mind knowing him to be a true professional. The world is a better place for his presence and the Lord is now rejoicing his life and his homecoming. We are thankful for the honor of knowing him.

  • I am sorry to learn of my cousin Bill Parker’s death. I have many memories from my childhood of both Bill and his brother Jim. They both were outstanding physicians , dedicated to their specialties, strongly religious and had kindly bedside manner, just like their father. Strangely eerie is that my husband Bob Clements passed away in our home last Sunday. He was 75 and suffered from heart failure for over 4 years. Lung cancer finally took his life. I will be saying prayers for cousin Bill as well as my Bob.
    Maybe they will meet in heaven and enjoy a game of golf!

  • I am sad to hear of Dr. Parker ‘ s passing. He was one in a million and very kind. May God be with his family and friends.

  • I am sorry to hear of your families loss. May you know God’s comfort and love during this difficult time.

  • A really fine man died today. Heaven will surely open his arms in his kind friend.
    I’m so sorry for your loss Mary Ann and family.

    Shirley Smith (Champ D)

  • We are saddened by the news of Bill’s passing. He was a wise and spiritual man. It was truly an honor to have known him and he touched our family in ways we cannot number. He will be missed but always remembered. Our sincere condolences and prayers are with you all and we look forward to the day when we will see him again.

  • Bill, Dave, and All,
    So sorry to hear of this. I’ll pray for you, for comfort, as you grieve your father’s death. Again, I’m so sorry.

  • My prayers and thoughts go out to the family. I am just one of many who loved, and respected Dr. Bill. I had the privilege to work in his office as well as have Dr. Bill operate on family members and myself. A distinguished, gentle, caring man who was admired, and will be remembered by many.

  • I am so sorry for your loss of a wonderful person & doctor! So sorry he fought a 15 year battle with Parkinson’s! He wrote his epitaph with all the lives he saved & impacted during his years as a doctor!!!
    One such case was my sister in 1984, she lost control of her car on black ice & literaly scapled herself….lost most of her blood. Dr. Parker operated on her without anesthesia to repair/replace the scalp! God guided his hands!!! She is alive today, because of him!!!!!
    God Bless !!!!!

  • “Doctor Bill” was one of my father’s (Merle Law) best friends …
    He guided Dad & us through the journey of cancer to his death and refused to take a penny for his time. He said he had no billing category for “friend” …
    He was a wonderful man and will be sadly missed.

    Our prayers and sympathy to you.
    Eugene Law & family

  • I had the honor and privilege to work with Dr. Parker during my nursing career at Grady Hospital and also to care for him when he was ill. Interestingly he was kind and respectful during both events, he was QUALITY with a capital Q. May the Parker Family experience the comfort and peace he provided to his many patients.

  • A very old memory came to mind as I read of Bill’s passing. I was a frequent guest in the Parker house in my youth and so it was on a summer day in 1955. Phil and I were watching the All Star game when Bill entered the room to watch with us for awhile. Ted Williams came up with a runner on base and Bill mused how a home run would win the game for the American League. A long fly ball to center had us all on our feet but there was Willie Mays again climbing the fence to deny Bill’s wish. By the time Phil and I settled down to look back at Bill he had quietly left the room and was headed upstairs. Thanks for a good memory, Bill. My condolences to all the Parker Family.

  • How fitting that he passed on the anniversary date of the death of St. Teresa of Calcutta. Such a kind, unassuming man. I always felt that he reflected the face of Christ even as he dealt with Parkinson’s. Always a man of charm and grace. May God bless you all during this difficult time.

  • My thoughts & Prayers to the whole Parker family. He was a very nice & caring man. He will be greatly missed. Sincerely Barbara (Ballenger) Kast

  • Dear Mary Ann – Cam and I were so sorry to hear of Bill’s passing. We treasure the memory of the dinner we all shared together at the family home in Michigan. And I loved getting to know the two of you better over the years when I rented office space at 90 E. William St. The love you two had for each other was so evident. He was such a kind, compassionate, wise, and gentle soul who touched my life in many different ways. Please know that we will keep you and the rest of the family in our thoughts and prayers. Our faith tells us he is resting in the arms of his Savior, at last. Love – Valerie and Cameron

  • MaryAnn and Girls,
    So sorry to hear the passing of Bill. Please know I am keeping you all in my prayers and sending love to you all!! Take care!!

  • Dear Mary Ann, Dave and Phil,
    As I was thinking of ending my 50+ years of nursing, I was thinking about Bill. How do you thank someone who was your coach, mentor and teacher? Bill was always calm teaching me things I needed to know. He was giving with praise for a job well done and (usually) patient with constructive criticism 😉. He was a perfectionist and it was the signature of his work. He gave his patients all his attention and truly cared for them through their rehab period. I never heard anyone say a bad thing about him! Such dedication! Bill loved people and they loved him. Bill has left so many good memories for Delaware and those of us who knew him. What a wonderful legacy! My thoughts and loving prayers for all of you and your families. God is saying “Well done my good and faithful servant”. Bill is reunited with Mom and Dad, JR and Patty and all who have awaited his arrival. May he rest in peace.

  • He was a talented and caring colleague. I truly cherished his skills and his humanity. One of the best docs that I have ever known

  • I will miss him a lot. He was a talented surgeon and and wonderful human. The world was improved with his presence. We could use a lot more folks like Bill. One of my favorite colleagues ever.

  • Dave, Jack and family. -my prayers and friendship go out to you and your family as you adjust to the loss of your father. May he rest in peace. – Msgr John Cody

  • Dear Family,
    I am so sorry for “our” loss since, I have always considered us one family. So happy that I got to talk with Bill and Mary Anne a few weeks ago.
    I hope to talk with all af yu at the viewing although, I’d never make it through the funeral.
    Love and prayers to you all. God has him now.

  • You will be with me in my thoughts and prayers. My mom, Ruby Smith, adored your family and now they both will be rejoicing in heaven together with no more pain or tears. God Bless you Mary Ann at this time of sorrow.

  • Mary Ann, I’m sorry to hear of the loss of your dear husband.
    Leigh (Bible study at Delaware Christian Church)

  • Dear Parker Family,
    The thread of many of the messages is the kindness of this wonderful man, friend and Doctor. We were blessed to have known him personally and feel a deep loss at his death.
    I can honestly say being in Bill’s presence and feeling his compassion was very much how I imagine Jesus wanted his disciples to live and I believe Bill lived his life as a true disciple. He didn’t need to use words to show others the way, his actions were louder than words.
    One story of his compassion AND great knowledge was when they thought our daughter may have cancer. The glands in her neck and under her arms were very lumpy and we were sent to him for a consultation. He assessed her and asked a strange question. When was the last time she had her braces tightened? He suggested we have her braces removed for a period of time and see if it changes quickly. We did as suggested and sure enough within days all was well. I still tell that story and people (doctors included) are amazed. What a brilliant and compassionate Doctor.
    We wish we could be there to celebrate his life and bid him farewell in the presence of Our Lord on Saturday morning. Parker Families we mourn his death with you and celebrate his promotion to everlasting life with Our Lord.
    Annie and John Lunn

  • My condolences Mary Ann. Bill gave me encouragement when I was new to the Delaware Rose Society. He was a pleasure to talk to at the meetings. I will never forget his kindness. Prayers for you and your family.

  • So sorry to hear of Dr. Bill’s passing. He was a great person and physician and helped many people in the Delaware community with his talents. I also had the privilege of working with him at Grady as well as being a past patient. He will be greatly missed. Prayers to Ted and his family along with the entire Parker family.

    • To the Parker Family, I was saddened to hear of Bill’s passing. He was a very special man and our community is richer for his time among us. My prayers go out to all of you. Marty Stroud

  • To Mary Ann and the Parker family,
    How blessed we all were to have Dr Parker in our lives as a physician, a friend and an example of kindness and humility. He enriched us all.
    May the angels lead him into Paradise.

    Sue Packard
    (formerly of Grady Memorial Hospital and Grady Dinner Guild)

  • Our prayers are with the family. Dr. Bill was our favorite. My son called from Germany today, he wanted to make sure, that I went to St. Marys and said a prayer and light a candle. Dr. Parker saved him when he was only 8. We run into Grady he meet us and started surgery on my son. We will never forget and will always remember him. The best caring Dr. in Delaware. He is sadly missed. Sincerely Travis/Sines Families

  • My condolences to the Parker family.Iv’e not had the pleasure of knowing Dr. Parker but reading the condolences he sounds like a wonderful-and caring human being. I am a member of the Delaware Area Rose Society and many of the members say nothing but kind words about him. May the Heavenly Father reward him for his unselfish actions and soothing words to all the people he has ever came in contact with.The rose world will miss him.

  • Thank you Bill, for being the Dr., man, husband to my Mom, Father to my sister and I, and Grandfather to our children. You took us in and treated us as your very own children from day 1. You were every description that a true Father has-encourager, supporter, unconditionally loving, proud, compassionate, adviser, and all with a loving twinkle and smile. I called you my Dad and quickly dropped the “step”. I am extremely blessed to have been given 2 amazing Dad’s in my lifetime! Thank you for the happiness and love you showed my Mom. Your sense of humor was always uplifting. You will be greatly missed and I love you dearly…Dad!
    Until we meet again. Xoxo

  • Mary Ann. What a wonderful man . He was one of Ed’s favorite people. You took great care of him. My heart goes out to you and the family. Let’s hope they find a cure for this ugly disease.

  • Bill was my friend from the first day of college until the end. He was a great friend, classmate in college and medical school. I didn’t work with him professionally beyond graduation but I know from the person he was and from reading all of the tributes above that he was a talented, skilled and compassionate surgeon.
    Joanne and I send our condolences to Mary Ann, who we have been privileged to get to know the last several years, and to all of their children. We will miss Bill and keep him in our memory forever.

  • To Billy, Dave, Tom, and the rest of the Parker family, I’m really sorry for your loss. I just heard Friday and wish I could have been there for the funeral. I have really fond memories of your family from when we were all a lot younger…your dad was a gentle, wonderful person and doctor in my memory. I’ll keep you all in my thoughts and prayers as you go through the grieving process.
    Mike Cooney

  • Dear Mary Ann & Family,
    We are so sorry for the passing of your beloved husband, father and grandfather. Delaware has lost one of its finest. We believe he is in a better place and is no longer suffering from the horrible disease of Parkinsons. Dr. Bill was a wonderful, humble man. I would like to share my memory of this brilliant, caring Surgeon. I’d been suffering with extreme abdominal pain for about a year. Dr. J. R. Parker sent me to the hospital and he brought in Dr. Bill to consult. The X-rays showed that my Gallbladder was full of large stones that were blocking the bile duct. Dr. Bill did emergency surgery on me. His kind and gentle ways took away my fear and anxiety. When I went for the final examine, I discovered that our insurance didn’t cover the entire cost of the surgery. Dr. Bill forgave the balance of what we owed him. The point I want to make is; Dr. Bill was only in practice for about a year at Grady and yet, he wouldn’t take a dime of our money. I was blessed to have Dr. G. Bill William Parker at Grady Memorial hospital.
    RIP Dr. Bill
    Roseann & Paul Jones

  • My condolences to the Parker family. The last time i SAW Bill was at our 50th high school reunion from Campion High School and we had a long talk together about our days at Campion and some of the high lights we shared in school. Bill was always well admired by everyone.