Wayne Thomas Parker, 59, of Worcester went to be with the Lord on Wednesday, October 4, 2017 in St. Vincent's Hospital after a courageous battle with cancer. He leaves his wife of 36 years, Diane (Borek) Parker, his son Timothy and his wife Shannon (Buckley), and his grandchildren Bentley & Penelope Parker. He also leaves his brothers Robert P. Parker II and his wife Sheridan; Bruce E. Parker and his wife Cherist; his sister Doreen F. Trotta; his “adopted son” Arthur Sorenson, all of Worcester . He also leaves behind many Godchildren, nieces, nephews, family, & friends. He was predeceased by his parents, Robert & Rita (Pepin) Parker of Worcester.
Wayne worked for the Wachusett Regional School District for the last 16 years and was loved by every student and faculty member that he came to know. He loved his job and what he did each and every day while battling cancer. He attended North High School and served in the US Army. He was proud with what he did in the military including driving a Deuce and a half during the blizzard of '78. He has many accomplishments and did a lot with his life while here with us. He became a grandfather, traveled to Jamaica, enjoyed the Mecum Car Auction in Florida, coached many soccer and baseball teams throughout the years. He was an amazing individual who was the life of the party and had a smile and personality that just stood out in a crowd. He was a unique person and there will never be another like him. He was truly a one of a kind husband, brother, father, grandfather, brother in law and friend! We love you!
Wayne was a member of The Polish American Veterans of Worcester, Clinton and its State Division. He was a member of The Knights of Columbus of Our Lady of Czestochowa Church, Council 14757. He was a reserve Deputy Sheriff for Worcester County Sheriff Department and an active volunteer for them.
The funeral will be held on Thursday, October 12, 2017 from HENRY-DIRSA FUNERAL HOME, 33 Ward St., with a Mass at 10:30 am in Our Lady of Czestochowa Church, 34 Ward St. Burial will be in Notre Dame Cemetery. Calling hours in the funeral home will be on Wednesday October 11, from 4:00 pm to 7:00 pm. The Polish American Veterans will gather at 6:00 pm to perform their ritual. The Knights of Columbus members will gather at 6:30 pm to perform their ritual. In lieu of flowers, Memorial contributions may be made to Our lady of Czestochowa Church, 34 Ward St., Worcester, MA 01610.