Durwood G Parker, 85, of Taunton passed away peacefully, Sunday, February 18, 2018, at Marion Manor.
Durwood was born and raised and lived his whole life in Taunton, Massachusetts, and was the son of the late Durwood and Delia Parker.
He is survived by his brother Gary Parker and sister in law Marcia Parker of Mattapoisett, MA. In addition, he is survived by his niece Molly Parker of Key West, Florida and niece Amy Parker Ventre, her husband Mark Ventre and his "grand" nieces Olivia and Grace of Andover, MA. He is also survived by his nephew Alex, his wife Summer Parker and "grand" nephews Will and Ben of Lexington, MA.
Dewey spent his whole life in the closely knit neighborhood on Linden Street (the Brickyard area of Taunton). He was blessed being with all of the neighbors that cared for him and supported him throughout the years. His entire working life was spent at Marion Manor working in the maintenance department. He retired after almost 40 years at his job.
He was a charter member of the Taunton Boat Club which was established over 50 years ago. Dewey was always seen on the Taunton River in his boat, taking untold numbers of people for excursions on the water. He also spent a great deal of time with his brother, in Mattapoisett, out on Buzzards Bay, Vineyard, and Nantucket Sounds, fishing and landing some very large striped bass. He always had a love of the water, whether out on a boat or sitting on the side of the Cape Cod Canal watching the vessel traffic go by or endlessly fishing in pursuit of that trophy striper.
Durwood was always highly visible in his cherished GMC pickup truck. He was always ready to lend a hand to any of his friends that needed assistance moving some lumber or making a dump run.
Dewey will be missed by his many friends and all of his family. He was a very special person.
A special thank you for the wonderful care provided to Durwood by Dr. James Hoye, Tammy Tilton, NP and the whole staff at Marion Manor. They too are very special people.
Visitation has been omitted. A celebration of life will be scheduled at a future date, in Mattapoisett. Services are in the care of Crapo Hathaway Funeral Home, 350 Somerset Ave, Taunton, MA, 508-822-3318.
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