William H. Parker

RAYMOND — William H. Parker, 93, of Raymond and Englewood, Fla., died peacefully on June 24, 2010, in Venice, Fla., after saying good-bye to his wife, Ginny and his dog, Tara.

He was born on June 20, 1917, in Hartford, Conn., the son of the late Frederick Leon and Mary Esther (Porter) Parker. He was predeceased by his brothers, Fred and Frank. Bill married Grace Virginia Putnam of Windham, Conn., on May 25, 1946, and they lived in Windsor, Conn., most of their lives.

He graduated from John Fitch High School in Windsor and Wentworth Institute in Boston. He served in the Army Air Force during World War II on the Acenscion Islands. He was a self-employed electrician, then served in that capacity with Combustion Engineering. He was a Deputy Building Inspector in Windsor, and then was the chief electrician for Taylor & Fenn. He also served for years as Windsor’s voting machine mechanic.

Retiring in 1979, he and Ginny moved to Raymond, later also wintering in Englewood, Fla. Bill was a longtime volunteer fire fighter with the Windsor Fire Department, rising to the rank of assistant chief. After retirement, he was a member of the Raymond Fire and Rescue Department. He enjoyed spending time with his family at his cottage at Beach Pond, R.I., and was an avid boater.

He is survived by his wife, Ginny; and his three sons, Gary (Barbara) of Englewood, Fla., Jeff (Joann) of Windsor, Conn., and Ross (Sandra) of Old Saybrook, Conn.; his five grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.

A memorial service and burial was held on July 3, 2010, in Windsor, Conn. A memorial service was held at the Raymond Village Community Church on Saturday, Sept. 11, 2010.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions should be given to the Raymond Village Community Church.

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