SOUTHWEST HARBOR – William (Bill) Parks, 79, died peacefully on Dec. 3, 2016, after a long illness.
Bill was born in Harrisburg, Pa., to William S. Parks and Alice Parker Parks. He moved to Staten Island as an infant.
He enlisted in the U.S. Army in 1954 and served proudly in the Military Police in Europe until 1957, when he was honorably discharged.
He worked on Staten Island at the Nassau Smelting Co. (later called A.T. & T.) for 28 years. He then worked for the NYC Department of Sanitation until his retirement in 1999.
He and his wife moved to Southwest Harbor in 1999, where he then enjoyed his work part time as a sternman on lobster boats. Later he worked at the Southwest Foodmart, where he enjoyed working and chatting with the local residents. He especially enjoyed the children.
He is survived by his wife of 56 years, Margaret (Maggie). He was a devoted father to their three sons, Timothy Parks and his wife, Shari, of New York, Kevin Parks and his wife, Seong Won, of South Korea, and Matthew Parks and his wife, Deborah, of California. He also is survived by a sister, Valerie Abella, and nephew, Christopher Abella, of New Jersey. He had many friends including Billy and Shirley Soukup and their children and grandchildren, who were like a second family to him.
He requested no funeral service and that his ashes be spread on the property he owned with his sons in upstate New York. A memorial service will be held in the summer in Maine.
If anyone cares to make a donation in his memory, please send it to the Hancock County Hospice Services in Ellsworth.