Floyd A. Parker, 97, of East Buckland Rd., passed away peacefully at home on Wednesday, Sept. 29, 2021.
Floyd was born at home in Hawley on June 21, 1924 the son of Charles S. and Myrtie L. (Armsby) Parker.
At the age of 17, Floyd left school and enlisted in the US Army. During WWII he served in Normandy, Northern France, Rhineland and Central Europe. He was decorated with the Good Conduct Medal, Victory Medal, the European African Middle Eastern Theater Campaign Ribbon with Bronze Service Arrowhead.
Upon returning from the service, Floyd worked at a potato farm in Hawley and then a logging and lumber business.
In 1964 he began his career as custodian at the Charlemont High School and in 1967 moved on to the newly opened Mohawk Trail Regional High School in Buckland. He remained at Mohawk until his retirement in 1986.
In his “retirement”, Floyd returned to the woods and continued his firewood business he had started years before. He also continued to line the fields at Mohawk for the sports teams and drove their buses for away games.
In his free time Floyd loved spending time at a camp on Lake Champlain in Vermont.
The family he leaves behind include a son Ronnie and his partner June Heiddeman of Ashfield, a daughter Sandy Herzig and husband James of Buckland, nine grandchildren, twenty great grandchildren, a great great granddaughter, several nieces and nephews.
Floyd was predeceased by his wife Lurena (Purinton), son Larry, granddaughters Shannon and Rhonda, grandson Joshua and his beloved dog Sport.
A Gathering of Family and Friends will take place Saturday, October 16 from 1:00 pm to 3:00 pm at the Smith-Kelleher Funeral Home, 40 Church St., Shelburne Falls.
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