648 Main Street
Shrewsbury, MA 01545
Phone: 508-845-6226
Fax: 508-842-0061
George Parker

George E. Parker Jr.

Thursday, July 27th, 1950 - Wednesday, January 13th, 2021
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George E. Parker, Jr., passed away peacefully at his home of seventy years surrounded by his loving family after a brief battle with an aggressive form of brain cancer, on Wednesday, January 13, 2021. George found much comfort and peace knowing he was able to spend his final days at home, where he lived his whole life on the family farm. George was the second-generation owner and operator of Parker’s Orchard, one of the longest running orchards in town; Est. in 1947 Westborough, MA.

George was born in 1950 to the late George E. Parker, Sr. and Helen M. (Manning) Parker and was the eldest of the Parker children. He was educated in the Westborough Public School System and graduated from Westborough High School in 1969.

George enjoyed helping his father around the family orchard from a very young age and following high school, he worked briefly for the Westborough Public School System as a custodian. Not long after, he began operating a large pig farm in Upton for the Jarrett family and would also be seen around the local restaurants collecting food to feed the pigs that he cared for. In 1988, he purchased the family home and orchard and began running the business full time, as well as starting up his own landscaping business, Hillside Landscaping, which thrived for many years. In his older years, George’s passion was for his orchard and he continued to work tirelessly on it up until two weeks prior to his passing. George also loved spending time with his family and friends, he frequented many local diners and would enjoy talking with people around town.

George is survived by his niece, LeeAnn (Anderson) Desmarais, whom he thought of more like a daughter, and her husband, Louis Rob Desmarais, Jr of Shrewsbury; two great-nieces, Alyssa J. Desmarais of Westborough and Ashley T. Desmarais of Shrewsbury, whom he thought of more like granddaughters; his sister, Sharon A. (Parker) Gravlin, of Westborough; and his beloved big yellow Labrador, Rocky; as well as cousins and many, many friends and customers he met throughout the years.

In lieu of flowers, please make contributions in George’s name to the Glioblastoma Foundation at glioblastomafoundation.org or to the Worcester County Food Bank at foodbank.org

Family and friends will gather for calling hours on Wednesday January 20th, 2021 from 9:00am to 10:15am at the Britton Funeral Home, 648 Main St, Shrewsbury, followed by his funeral Mass, which will be celebrated at 11:00am at St Luke the Evangelist Church, 70 W Main St, Westborough. Burial will be held privately in St. Luke’s Cemetery, Westborough. Masks are required and social distance guidelines will be in place.
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  • Visitation

    Wednesday, January 20th, 2021 | 9:00am - 10:15am
    Wednesday, January 20th, 2021 9:00am - 10:15am
    Britton-Shrewsbury Funeral Home
    648 Main Street
    SHREWSBURY, MA 01545
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  • Service

    Wednesday, January 20th, 2021 | 11:00am
    Wednesday, January 20th, 2021 11:00am
    Saint Luke the Evangelist
    70 West Main Street
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    Masks and social distancing measures will be required at the funeral home and church.

    Burial will be held privately.
  • Interment

    Saint Luke's Cemetery
    Hopkinton Road
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Kenneth Housman

Posted at 04:09pm
So surprised to hear of Georgie's passing. Not having seen him for over 30 years, I was in the diner on Rte 9 2 years ago having breakfast with my wife when I heard someone at the counter talking about Spring Rd. with the waitress. I have fond memories of that area, so I went over to the counter, and to my surprise, It was Georgie. We had a nice conversation about how things have changed in Westborough since I moved out 30 years ago (to Oakham). Sorry we cannot attend because of the virus and our age. I'm 87 now and still kicking. Sorry to miss Sharon too. Ken Housman

Bruce Szczepankiewicz

Posted at 07:56pm
I can't tell you how many times someone in my family or I stopped at George's store to buy peaches or apples. He was usually there with a friendly word to share, and the fresh picked fruit we brought home were always George Parker's apples or peaches as we ate them. I drive by George's house several times a week, and it won't be the same now. I will miss knowing that he is there, ready to open the store when the season is right. Thank you George for all the memories.

Bruce and Julie Szczepankiewicz, Hopkinton MA

Kevin J. Sullivan

Posted at 12:35pm
R.I.P. George......will miss our morning ☕️ coffee at Chet’s and the shared conversations each morning.

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