Parker F. Truesdell
April 19, 1939 - February 5, 2016
Service Date: February 12, 2016
A Memorial Service will be held on Friday, February 12, 2016 at 4:00 p.m. at the Autumn Green Funeral Home, 47 Oak St., in Alfred. Following the service, you are invited to visit with Parker's family and enjoy light refreshments until 7:00 p.m.
Parker F. Truesdell, 76, of High Street in Sanford, died on February 5, 2016 at Southern Maine Health Care in Biddeford. Parker had battled Parkinson’s disease and struggled from complications from a serious brain injury, with great courage and strength and was lovingly cared for by his family. One of his last happy days had been going to the movies to see Star Wars the Force Awakens with his wife, Nancy, by his side.
Parker was born in Montague, Massachusetts on April 19, 1939 the son of Parker S. and Annette E. (Cowles) Truesdell. Parker grew up in Shelburne Falls on the family apple farm where they also raised horses. Following graduation from high school, Parker enlisted into the United States Navy and served with distinction as an Interior Communications Technician from 1957 – 1963. When he returned home in the Berkshires of Massachusetts, Parker graduated from North Adams State College with an Electrical Engineering Degree and began a long and successful career with Sprague Electric. He soon transferred to Sanford and worked over 40 years, designing equipment for the company.
In 1984, Parker married his soulmate and best friend Nancy LeBlanc, bringing together a blended family of children, pets and friends. Through-out the many happy years together, Nancy shared, “Parker took me out of my comfort zone!” They enjoyed family camping trips, adventures riding on trains in North Conway, NH and cross country skiing. He and Nancy explored a vast number of countries including England, Africa, Israel, and looked forward to their next cruise to Bermuda. All along the way, Parker would wear his crazy, goofy, T-shirts! It was another way of sharing his boundless sense of humor and cynicism within the world. He was a lifelong Democrat and relished in the daily banter of the constant news media. Parker enjoyed flying his remote controlled airplanes and he and Nancy would go to the beaches (Parker was in his wheelchair) and he couldn’t be happier. He belonged to the AMA group that met each week in Scarborough; flying their remote control planes and teasing one another. Parker was also an endurance racer with his motorcycle and dirt bikes; taking great pride in his winning 3rd place in the Sr. Enduro racing circuit.
Parker loved life and lived each day in the present. He loved reading Sci-Fi books and was an accomplished photographer. Each trip the family took could be shared and remembered with Parker’s meticulously filed photos and videos. One of Parker’s and Nancy’s favorite time away was in Quebec City; walking the boardwalk and enjoying the French cuisine.
Parker will be remembered for being an honorable man. He was kind and humble; generous with those he loved and cared for. Parker, you are now free… We hope you are on your dirt bike, leading the pack up through the beautiful mountains of home. You will be forever cherished and missed by your family and friends.
He is survived by his wife of 32 years, Nancy Truesdell of Sanford; his four children, Howard S. Truesdell and wife Brenda of Topsham; Donna A. Truesdell-Linkel and husband Lance of Topsham; Jennifer Tedford and husband Kevin of Springvale and Matthew Cross of Kenya, Africa; his three grandchildren who called him, “Grand Parker” Elias and Emeila Linkel and Riley Cross; his brother, Richard Truesdell of Shelburne Falls, MA; his sister-in-law, Judi Truesdell and several nieces and nephews.
Parker was predeceased by his parents and by his brother, Dale Truesdell.
A Memorial Service will be held on Friday, February 12, 2016 at 4:00 p.m. at the Autumn Green Funeral Home, 47 Oak Street, in Alfred. Following the service, you are invited to visit with Parker’s family and enjoy light refreshments until 7:00 p.m.
Committal prayers and military honors will be held later in the spring at the Southern Maine Veterans Cemetery in Springvale.
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made for Parkinson’s Research at The Michael J. Fox Foundation, P.O. Box 5014, Hagerstown, MD 21741-5014 or the Brain Injury Assoc. of Maine, 325 Main St., Waterville, ME 04091.
The Autumn Green Funeral Home is respectfully handling arrangements.