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Lewis P. Parsons, 70, passed away on June 23rd, 2016 at home in his beloved West Gloucester.
Lewie was born in Gloucester January 12, 1946, the 6th of 11 children of Lovell and Lois (Elwell) Parsons. After graduation from Gloucester High School in 1964 he enlisted in the Navy where he spent the next four years as part of the catapult crew on the Carrier U.S.S. Coral Sea, CVA 43. Most of this time was spent in Vietnam.
Upon discharge he went to work for Jerry Noble as an apprentice electrician. After obtaining his journeyman's license he was self-employed for the next 40 years working mainly on Cape Ann.
He was interested in so many things: auto racing, art, books, music of all kinds, nature, weather, snow shoveling, and lawn mowing. Lewie loved meeting people and was genuinely interested in learning their stories.
His greatest joy was his family. He was so proud of the very different paths his children have chosen and the people they have become. He was always available to them from their first steps to their college graduations. He was at every parent conference, play, soccer practice, ice skating show, dean's list reception, honor society induction, graduation, and as father of the bride. He felt blessed to be able to raise his children in the same neighborhood in which he grew up. He took them for walks in the woods, skating at the duck pond, and on boat trips down river. By example he taught his children to work hard and do their best, be fair and honest, treat everyone with dignity and respect and to try and never waste a day.
The newest love in his life was his granddaughter, Ellie. He was her first visitor in the hospital and her first babysitter - taking long walks to the boulevard, or sitting in a chair reading Calvin & Hobbes and teaching her how to whistle.
Lewie is survived by his wife of 43 years Susan and three children, Emily Gould and her husband Cary, Lauri, and Lewie Jr., all of Gloucester as well as his beautiful granddaughter, Elizabeth Adeline Gould; four sisters, Linda of Malden, Lois Stillman, Lucy Otieno and her husband, John, and Joan Morris and her husband John, all of Gloucester, and four brothers, Leland and his wife, Cecily of California, Lovell of Vermont, Robert and his wife, Almy, and Donald and his fiancé, Deb Caron all of Gloucester; brothers and sisters-in-law, John and Patty Hayes of Delaware, Tim and Marilyn Hayes, and Mary and Marcia Hayes of Rockport. He is also survived by three generations of nieces and nephews. Besides his parents, Lewie was predeceased by his sister, Lynne Barnard, her husband, Bob, and their son, Bob Jr. of New Hampshire, his brother, Lauri of Manomet, and his infant nephew, Daniel of Gloucester.
In lieu of flowers, if you are able, please join us in honoring this good and gentle man, by making a donation to Tracy's Kids, an art therapy program helping children with cancer and their families. They can be reached at www.tracyskids.org. Family and friends are welcome to join us for a mugup on Saturday, July 2nd from 2 to 4 p.m. at the Pond View Village Community Center on LePage Lane in Gloucester.
Arrangements are by the Greely Funeral Home, 212 Washington Street, Gloucester.
For online condolences, please visit www.greelyfuneralhome.com.
Published on  June 24, 2016
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