Date of Birth: February 6, 1950

Date of Death: September 10, 2015

PARKER – Kent Parker of Melville, Sask., passed away Thursday, Sept. 10, 2105 at the age of 65 years.
Kent was born on Monday, Feb. 6, 1950 in Melville to Edwin and Alma (nee Jones) Parker. He was raised in Melville and was the youngest of six children. In his teen years, Kent and his brothers helped with the family taxi business. His passion for cars led him to an apprenticeship at Walter’s Garage, and through that experience, he received his auto body diploma from SIAST. He continued his journey in his auto body career for many years.
In 1973, Kent married Brenda Gerhardt, and they had three beautiful children together. Kent was quite the handy man and often had “do-it-yourself” projects on the go. He used those skills when he built the family home in Melville in 1976. In the early 1980s, he made a career change to the CN shops,
but his passion for auto body continued, and he built himself an amazing garage where he was still able to do what he loved, restore classic cars. His other passion, fishing, began at the family cabin at Crooked Lake where he spent countless summer days from early childhood right up into his latest years. It was a place of peace for him, and he enjoyed getting together with family and friends there, but fishing was always a big part of that. He always enjoyed showcasing his ability to de-bone a jackfish in no time.
Later in life, Kent had a relationship with Rose Feldman, which brought him joy for many years. Kent struggled with addiction, and that ultimately had a negative impact on the quality of his life. However, he leaves us with many warm and touching memories to celebrate. His outdoorsman, handyman and automotive lessons, quick wit, and captivating story-telling ability were especially appreciated.
Kent will be missed by his loving children: Aaron (Heather) Parker, Lori Parker and Nathan Parker; grandchildren, Hana and Brady Parker; his siblings, Neil Parker, Ray (Marilyn) Parker, Lynn (Beryl) Parker, Valerie Bittner; sister-in-law, Lillian Parker; and many nieces and nephews, and good friends, Tom and Sharon Haywood.
Kent was predeceased by partner, Rose; parents, Edwin and Alma; brother, Dale; sister-in-law, Elaine; brother-in-law, Fred; and his nephew, Gary.
Kent’s funeral service was held Monday, Sept. 21, 2015 at Matthews Funeral Home, Melville with the Rev. Doug Braun officiating. The organist, Gaylene Matthews, led in the hymns, “Amazing Grace,” “In the Garden” and “Guide Me, O Thou Great Jehovah.” All of Kent’s siblings, children, grandchildren and friends were considered honorary pallbearers, and Aaron Parker was the urn bearer.
Interment will take place in the Melville City Cemetery at a later date.
Arrangements were entrusted to Matthews Funeral Home, Melville.

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