Donald Patrick Parent
Van Buren - March 16, 1949 - November 2, 2019
Donald Patrick Parent, 70, a lifelong resident of Van Buren passed away peacefully on November 2, 2019 at Cary Medical Center in Caribou surrounded in love by family and friends.
After graduating in 1968 from Van Buren High School, with an unwavering work ethic, Don continued to work on the family farm and to help maintain his household for several years. He worked briefly at Soucy and Dubay Grocer in Van Buren, and Logan Painting with his father-in-law, Armand Boucher, before returning to his family's tree business, H&G Harvesting. From there he worked at JJ Paradis and obtained his Burner Technician certification from Northern Maine Vocational Technical Institute. After it sold, he continued to work for Dead River until he retired in 2014.
Don served as a leader for the Van Buren Boy Scouts for several years when his brothers-in-law were young. He belonged to the ATV Four-Wheeler Club, and was an active member of the Mercy Meal Committee at St. Bruno's Church as well as Club 17 Emergency Services.
He enjoyed spending time with his family and dog, playing cards, fishing and ice fishing, cross country skiing, square dancing, ATV riding, watching television and growing Christmas trees. He and his family enjoyed many weekends camping together with two other families when their children were young. He was a quiet man and devoted husband and father, and could always be depended upon to help a neighbor in need. He was a man of many talents and built his home on the Lake Road where he and his family lived for 45 years until they moved to Long Lake upon retirement.
He is predeceased by his parents, Cecile (Levesque) Parent and Hector B. Parent; and siblings Charlene and Marcella; his stepmother Antoinette (Ouellette) Parent; and stepbrothers Alyre Ouellette and Levite Ouellette; and nephew Alex Boucher.
He is survived by his devoted partner and wife of 48 years, Kathleen (Boucher) Parent and daughter Melissa Parent; his sisters Stella and husband Allan Lagasse, and Rena and husband Nelson Craig; his brothers Gerard and wife Barbara, and Norman and wife Jennifer, all of Van Buren; as well as his brothers Ray of Ft. Lauderdale, FL. and Chanel and wife Tina of Pownal, VT.; stepsisters Marise Ouellette of Grand Falls, N.B. and Monique Ouellette of Moncton, N.B.; and stepbrother Maurice Ouellette of Drummond, N.B. and many nieces and nephews.
Don's kind and gentle nature will be deeply missed.
There is much gratitude for the extraordinary care given by Dr. Irene Djuanda and nursing and ancillary staff at Cary Medical Center. Very special thanks go to Dr. Allan Espinosa in providing and coordinating care with Dr. Roderigo Maegawa and his team at Lafayette Cancer Care and Doctors Gustavo Rivero and Premal Lulla of Baylor Hospital of Houston.
Memorial Service will be held Saturday November 16, 2019 at St. Brunos/St. Remi Catholic Church at 174 Main St. Van Buren with a meet and greet at 9 a.m., a mass at 10 a.m. a reception lunch immediately following.
In lieu of flowers, contributions can be made in Don's memory to the following: Sarah's House of Maine, Jefferson Cary Cancer Center, Angel Flight of Maine or Lymphoma Fund Research Center.
Published on November 7, 2019


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