Donald Walter Parkes passed away peacefully on November 5, 2014 at Chilliwack General Hospital at the age of 81 years. Don was born in Kingston, ON and served in the Canadian Armed Forces as an Electronics Technician for over 25 years. He was based in several communities across Canada including Gagetown, NB, Montreal, PQ and Shilo, MB before retiring in Chilliwack, BC. A highlight of his career was being attached to the UN peacekeeping force in Cyprus from 1972-73. Locally Don was an avid keyboard musician, golfer, fisherman and gardener. Don travelled and cruised extensively around the world with Carol, his wife of 59 years, and together they shared many warm holidays on their favourite Hawaiian Island of Oahu. Don will be sadly missed by his wife Carol, son David Parkes (Rhonda Naoum) of Canmore, AB, son Doug Parkes (Masami) of Tokyo, Japan, daughter Judy Parkes (Blair Langmuir) of Waterloo, ON; grandchildren Ben, Robin & Cassandra Langmuir and Sean & Sonia Parkes; his sister Marilyn (John Whitefield) and his brother Ken Parkes (Gudrun). A Funeral Service will be held at 10:30 am on Friday, Nov. 14, 2014 at Woodlawn Mt. Cheam Funeral Home with Viewing for family and friends from 9:30 to 10:30 am. Memorial donations may be made in Donald Parkes’ name to the BC Lung Association (www.bc.lung.ca). Online condolences may be offered at www.woodlawn-mtcheam.ca.
Woodlawn Mt. Cheam Funeral Home
45865 Hocking Avenue, Chilliwack BC V2P 1B5 604-793-4555