Parsons: Howard – It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of our dear father, grandfather, great grandfather and friend, Howard Percey Parsons. He died suddenly at his home on October 10, 2010. He was born in Brookfield, New York on March 16, 1923, the second son of George H. and Flora A. (Coultman) Parsons.
At the age of six, Howard’s family immigrated to Canada and lived in Mount Joy and Keswick on Lake Semcoe, Ontario until 1935 when the family moved to Irma Alberta where Howard spent his teen years. He enlisted in the R.C.A.F. during World War II, stationed in Canada serving for the North-west Air Command. During this time Howard met his wife Marjorie Helen Blair (daughter of Elmer and Lucelia Blair). They were married on April 4, 1942 in Trail. Howie was predeceased by Margie on March 0, 1985, and remained totally devoted to her after her passing. They settled in Rossland, his home for the past 62 years.
Howard was an employee at Cominco for 35 years retiring in March of 1983. In the past he has been involved in the I.O.O.F./Rebecca Lodge, Boy Scouts, Legion, and West Kootenay Sno-Goers. His interests were play guitar and singing, and snowmobiling. In his later years, Howard enjoyed being out in the woods cutting firewood, gardening, and spending many hours helping his son with his hobby farm.
Howard is survived by children Carol (Larry) Yarnell of Metaline Falls, Washington, and Wesley (Janice) Parsons of Rossland, grandchildren Traci Yarnell (Jeff Ewing) of Post Falls, Idaho, Robert (Sallye) Yarnell of Red Dog Dock, Alaska, Michael (Stephanie) Parsons of Beaver Falls, and Ashley (Stephen) Mailey of Fruitvale, great-grandchildren Alexander Yarnell, of Metaline Falls, Larena Hammond-Mailey of Trail, Brady and Darren Mailey of Fruitvale, and Sara and Kaitlyn Parsons of Beaver Falls.
Dad will always be remembered for his unconditional love, kindness, and total devotion to his family.
A memorial service will be held at the Alliance Church in Trail on Saturday, October 16, 2010 at 11:00 a.m., with Ken Siemens officiating. Al Grywacheski of Personal Alternative Funeral Services “Carberry’s Chapel” is entrusted with arrangements.
As an expression of sympathy, donations may be made in Howard’s memory to the BC Heart and Stroke Foundation , 4 – 1551 Sutherland Avenue, Kelowna, BC V1Y 9M9 and would be greatly appreciated by the family. You are invited to leave a personal message of condolence at the family’s online Memorial Register at: personalalternative.com.