Donald A. Parks
February 3, 1958 - May 23, 2018
Service Date: June 24, 2018
You may visit with Donald's family on Sunday, June 24, 2018 from 2 - 4 p.m. at the Autumn Green Funeral Home, 47 Oak St., in Alfred.
Donald A. Parks, of North Waterboro, Maine died on Wednesday, May 23, 2018, at Mercy Hospital in Portland after a brief, difficult battle with cancer. Despite the severity of his illness Don impressed all who spent time with him with the grace and courage with which he faced his illness. He will be deeply missed by his family, his friends and his co-workers. He was 60 years old.
Don was born in Beverly, Massachusetts on February 3, 1958. He attended middle school and high school in Somerset, MA, where he made many life-long friends. In high school he played center for, and was an original member of, the Somerset High School hockey team. He spent his adult years in Westbrook and North Waterboro, Maine, and as a life-long New Englander was an avid fan of the Patriots, Red Sox, Celtics and Bruins. Sunday dinner and the Pats was a favorite ritual for Don and his extended family.
Don was an ardent gardener, and loved nothing more than tending to his extensive vegetable and flower gardens, and being outside working in the yard, watching and listening to the bird life. He was a Civil War enthusiast, and loved visiting historic battle fields and sites.
Don spent 25 years with the U.S. Post Office, where he was a level 6 SPBS Clerk and the Clerk Craft Director of the American Postal Workers Union Local 458. Don was immensely proud of, and deeply invested in, his work with the APWU.
Don was pre-deceased by his father and mother, Jim and Mary Parks. He is survived by his sister Brenda of North Waterboro, his brother Bill of Waterboro and his brother Kevin of North Waterboro, his niece Mary Caitlin Parks of Cambridge, MA, his nephew Will Parks of Rockport, Maine and his nephew Jimmy Parks of Springvale, Maine, as well as many friends, of both his generation and his parents’, especially his dear friend Kathy Olore of Gorham.
Don’s family wants to extend a sincere thanks to all those who supported them and Don in his final months, including his co-workers and friends, the staff of the Cancer Care Center of York County in Sanford, Maine, the oncology staff at Mercy Hospital’s Fore River campus in Portland, and the incredible staff of Mercy Hospital in downtown Portland.
A celebration of Don’s life will be held at Autumn Green Funeral Home, at 47 Oak Street in Alfred, Maine on Sunday, June 24, 2018 from 2 – 4 p.m. All are welcome.
Those who wish may remember Don through a donation to The Mercy Foundation, c/o The EMHS Foundation, P.O. Box 931, Bangor, ME 04402-0931.
The Autumn Green Funeral Home is respectfully handling arrangements.