Land Force Central Area - Dept of National Defence

Land Force Central Area - Dept of National Defence

May 20, 2010 12:18 ET

Media Advisory: Statement from the Family of Colonel Geoff Parker

TORONTO, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - May 20, 2010) - Parker was more than a husband he was my best friend and a great father to both Charlie and Alex. I have known Parker essentially all my life and I, as well as all those who took the time to truly know him, realized he was a kind, caring, sarcastic and supportive friend. Never one to back down from a challenge, or what he saw as right, Parker loved the Royals, the Army and Canada. All who knew him, knew of his capacity to work, to care and to be supportive of others. This we all saw in so many things he did, but particularly in the dedication, care and thoroughness with which he notified other families of their losses over the past four years in Petawawa and Gagetown.

The children and I will miss him dearly but know he is watching over us with the encouragement to "put a smile on and move forward". His passion for travelling with family and friends, as well as, his fishing expeditions will remain with us all. I would like to thank everyone for their kind words, support and understanding that our privacy is important to us at this time. I know we're not the first, but I pray we are the last.

His loving bride, Mary Jane Parker

Contact Information

  • Note to the editors:
    The Canadian Forces is publishing this statement on behalf
    of the family. For more information please contact:
    Lieutenant Indira Thackorie, Public Affairs
    (416) 633-6200 ext. 5520 or Cell (416) 737-3095
    indira.thackorie@forces.gc.ca