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Kenneth Parker, 89; WW II Veteran; International Traveler Who Visited 7 Continents

Kenneth Parker.
Kenneth Parker.

Kenneth Lewis Parker, 89, of Greenwich, CT, died on April 16, 2014, ending a lifelong love affair with his wife Mary “Judy” Jule.  

Born on Nov. 18, 1924, as a third generation Houston, Texan, Ken met his wife-to-be in 1946 at the University of Houston upon his return from 4 years of World War II Naval service on the USS Detroit.  

Beginning their life journey after meeting over a friendly game of bridge on campus, they went on to create a formidable national contract bridge partnership that spanned several decades. Ken’s boundless zest for life included his love for wine, food, international adventure travel, tennis and running. He was a regular in local runs; proud to have completed the NYC Marathon in under 4 hours; walked almost every road in Greenwich with his wife and played tennis and platform tennis with his regulars around town well into his 80s. His goal of visiting all seven continents was realized in 2008 when he celebrated New Year’s Day with his family in Antarctica.  Acting on his humanistic compassion, Ken donated his body to medical science.

Survivors include Mary Jule, his wife of 67 years; his daughters Kathlyn (son-in-law Kenneth Davis), Kristin, and Lolli Ross (son-in-law Kenneth Ross); his grandchildren, Kalan and Parker, and devoted friends.  Our brilliant flame extinguished, we rejoice that this wonderful man lived life to its fullest. 

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Abilis, 50 Glenville St., Greenwich, CT 06831, where he volunteered in the preschool for many years. 

His family will have a private ceremony to celebrate his life.

 


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