NORTH YARMOUTH — Leverette “Lev” Parker, 84, of North Yarmouth, died Feb. 15.
He was born in Braintree, Mass., in 1928, the fourth of five children of Charlotte and Arthur Parker.
Growing up in Gardiner, Parker’s first job was working for his father at Gardiner Shoes. As he quickly realized, however, making shoes was not his calling, and Parker went on to stocking armories following World War II and later becoming a sales representative for Citgo. He owned his own service business, Hilton’s Citgo on Main Street in Yarmouth, and was recognized in 1967 as Citgo salesman of the year. He later became a project manager for C.N. Brown.
Parker was a member of the National Guard Ordnance Battalion for 20 years and often spoke of his adventures on base and going to Camp Drum in New Brunswick. His family believes it was during this time that he developed the adage “Why walk when you can drive.” He was also a member of the Yarmouth Lions Club and Chamber of Commerce.
He was constantly working or spending time on various pursuits which made for a busy life dedicated to providing for his family. Wintertime, however, provided for some serious fun as he thoroughly enjoyed snowmobiling. At other times, the family camp in Kingfield was the place to be with family and friends. There are many fond memories, especially for the grandchildren, of life “upta camp.” Having travelled throughout his working life, going RVing in retirement was an easy transition and he and his wife enjoyed many long trips, even crossing the country with family and friends on two separate occasions.
Parker is survived by his wife of 61 years, Joyce Parker; his daughter, Cheryl Olen, and her husband, Don; his son, Tim Parker, and his wife, Ann; his grandchildren, Ashley Tucker, Parker Olen and Emily Parker; his great-grandchildren, Blake and Ellie Tucker; as well as a large extended family. He was predeceased by his brother and sisters, Arthur Parker Jr., Charlotte Swett, Ruth Gould and Barbra Moody.
Private services will be held in the spring at the Maine Veterans Memorial Cemetery in Augusta.
The family offers their sincere appreciation and thanks to Southbridge Rehab & Living Center and Hospice of Southern Maine. For those who wish, please consider making a donation in Parker’s memory to: Hospice of Southern Maine, 180 U.S. Route 1, Suite 1, Scarborough, ME 04074.