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Willard Emerson

Willard Emerson "Bill" Parks

Saturday, April 17th, 2021
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Willard Emerson “Bill” Parks, a former longtime resident of Stow, died peacefully April 17, 2021 at his Hudson home surrounded by his family. He was 91.

Born and raised in Watertown, he was the son of the late Arthur F. and Irene A. (White) Parks. He was the loved husband of the late Jill M. (Liebes) Parks, who passed away in 2011. Mr. Parks is survived by their five children: Deborah “Deb” Black and husband Gene, Sally Parks, William “Bill” Parks and wife Martha, Glen Parks and wife Laine, Lori Parks and partner Tom, and his chosen son, Rick Dowen. He is also survived by a brother Edward Parks; a sister Gladys Hoover; and many grandchildren, great-grandchildren, great-great-grandchildren, nieces, nephews and their families. He was predeceased by his brothers, Arthur F. Parks and John “Fred” Parks, and his sister Marie Kelly.

Bill is remembered as a brilliant, mechanically minded man who was passionate about steam engines, and airplanes. He enlisted in the Navy in 1948, serving honorably for 5 years in the engine room aboard the USS Palau and the USS Midway. After his military service, Mr. Parks began his career in aviation as a mechanic. His talent was soon recognized, and he completed a series of certificate programs in California qualifying him to become a flight engineer in the airlines industry. He quickly moved up to the top of his profession enjoying a very successful career that included years of international travel.

Mr. Parks was very active going to the gym daily and walking his dog until the past year. People enjoyed his wit and humor often looking to him for advice on mechanical problems and projects. He was a great story teller, loved his friends and neighbors as well as the time spent with his dog and best friend, Chief. His goodbyes were always “Good Show."

Family and friends are invited to public visiting hours on Friday, April 23rd from 3:30-5:30pm at the Acton Funeral Home, 470 Massachusetts Ave (Rte 111) Acton. Family services are private. In accordance with current state regulations, masks are required and social distancing will be observed. Those who wish may make memorial gifts in Mr. Parks’ name to VNA Hospice and Palliative Care, 100 Trade Center, Suite 9-500, Woburn, MA 01801. Memorial page actonfuneralhome.com. Memorial page actonfuneralhome.com
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  • Visitation

    Friday, April 23rd, 2021 | 3:30pm - 5:30pm
    When
    Friday, April 23rd, 2021 3:30pm - 5:30pm
    Location
    Acton Funeral Home
    Address
    470 Massachusetts Avenue
    ACTON, MA 01720
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    Notes
    Family and friends are invited to visiting hours on Friday, April 23rd, 2021 from 3:30-5:30pm at the Acton Funeral Home, 470 Massachusetts Ave (Rte 111) Acton. According to current state regulations, masks are required and social distancing will be observed.
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    ACTON, MA
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  • US Navy

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Paul McClellan

Posted at 05:18pm
Bill and the whole family were good friends growing up. Sorry we did not make the wake, I was out of town and Gladys is unable to walk into the wake. Bill will always be part of our memories for the support he showed our family during our time of distress many years ago. Thank you Bill

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Jess Manger

Posted at 03:41pm
I had the pleasure of spending too many afternoons to count walking Delaney with Bill and his best friend, Chief. Bill was one of the first people I met when I moved to Stow in 2006 and he was a wonderful ambassador for the town that he loved. I always smiled when I pulled into the Delaney parking lot and saw Bill’s truck. I loved his stories about travel, his professional life, and his family. Oh how he loved his family. He was so proud talking about his wife, kids, grandkids, and even great grandkids. I am so sad to hear of his passing. I hope that the many years of memories will bring comfort to all who loved him. I will always think of him with a smile. Delaney will never been the same without him. Jess Manger
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