George G.R. Parsons
Passed on: October 9th, 2012
Passed peacefully away at home on October 9, 2012, surrounded by his loving family, George G. R. Parsons, in his 94th year. Loving husband, father, grandfather, great-grandfather, friend and gentleman.
He served with distinction during the Second World War on active duty aboard HMCS Llewellyn, followed by active duty in the Royal Canadian Navy Reserves, eventually becoming Commanding Officer of HMCS Cabot. He was the retired President and CEO of the George G. R. Parsons Ltd. Group of Automobile and Industrial/ Marine/ Recreational Equipment dealerships. Also former President of the Canadian Automobile Dealers Association, President of the Nfld. & Lab. Automobile Dealers Association and the St. John’s Automobile Dealers Association. He also worked with the Executive Council of the Government of Nfld. and Lab. He took great pride in his long associations with many volunteer and charitable organizations.
Left with cherished memories are his wife of 67 years, Sheila Anderson Parsons (nee Winter); son, Gregory Parsons; daughter, Vicki Rodd (Parker); daughter, Beverley MacDonald (the late Wally MacDonald); nine grandchildren: Rob Parsons (Callie), Scott Parsons (Karen), Kellee Carter (Jason), Kimberley Rodd, Christopher Rodd, Ian MacDonald, George MacDonald (Laurie Anne), Stephen MacDonald, Gillian MacDonald; twelve great-grandchildren: Nathan, Claire and Benjamin Parsons, Lily, Hillary and Owen Parsons, Jayne, Kate and Jack Carter, Ella and Euan Rodd, Christopher MacDonald.
It was his expressed wish that his remains be donated to Medical Science, MUN School of Medicine. Visitation Thursday, October 11, 2012, from 6-8 p.m. at Carnell’s Funeral Home, 329 Freshwater Road. A private family memorial will follow later. No flowers by request. People wishing to honour his memory may do so by donating to the SPCA or a charity of their choice.