'An afterglow of smiles'

'An afterglow of smiles'

Most tri-state area residents knew the public, more serious face of Don Parker, the funeral director, coroner and all-around community-minded fellow who departed this life Feb. 16.

So here are a few snapshots from his private life, selected by his family, along with one of his favorite pieces of verse, which was printed on his memorial card.

Camping at Esther's family's camp at Charlie Lake in the Adirondacks, one of Don's favorite places. A very rare photo of Don wearing shorts, Shaun says. In the photo, from left: Don Parker, Lisa Parker, Ken McInerney, Judie McInerney, Tanya Parker, Mike Hughes, baby Jessica Parker, being held by grandma Esther Parker, and Shaun Parker.

Don, Shaun and Coleman, 2001

Proud Daddy Don on Tanya and Mike's wedding day

Dashing Don, age 22. This photo was taken about 1960, the year before he met Esther, two years before they wed and came to PJ.

Don and Esther at Tanya and Mike's wedding

Don and Esther, 1979

Hunting in Oakland Valley

Don in 2000 with grandkids Jessica, Coleman and Connor


I'd like the memory of me

to be a happy one,

I'd like to leave an afterglow of smiles

when day is gone.

I'd like to leave an echo

whispering softly down the ways,

Of happy times, and laughing times,

and bright and sunny days.

I'd like the tears of those who grieve

to dry before the sun,

Of happy memories that I leave when life is done.

John A. Baker, 1997