Bruce Parker Jr.

Obituary of Bruce David Parker Jr.

Bruce D. Parker Jr., affectionately referred to as "Moose" was an extremely courageous, strong man who always had a way to make those in his presence feel valued. Bruce's way with words and positive outlook made every challenging circumstance better, just by his very presence alone. He had a sense of humor that not only made the best of times more entertaining but often eased the tougher days. His character and bravery is truly an inspiration. Bruce has left an impression on so many, always leaving the room brighter than when he went in. Bruce married Kathleen Hayes and the couple was blessed with three beautiful daughters, Lindsay, Allison, and Emily. As a family, one of their favorite things to do together would be to take drives out into the country with no destination in mind, just seeing where the road took them. As their daughters grew Bruce and Kathy had the joy of becoming grandparents together to 3 granddaughters. After Kathleen's passing in 2013, Bruce continued to be the rock of the family and enjoyed watching his family grow to include 8 grandchildren. Bruce held true to his promise to his late wife to take care of all their girls but was more than elated to add some young grandsons into his life to goof off with. Bruce dedicated his working life to a career with the Erie County Sherriff’s Department as a corrections lieutenant and was very proud of that position. Even after an accident rendered him unable to work with the Sherriff’s Department, his reputation and good deeds are spoken with fondness in the department to this day. It goes to show just how much of a difference he was able to make in his time there. Throughout his life, he had many close friends and companions that he cherished dearly. He was very close to his brother, Scott, with a relationship that could be described as “truly Bert and Ernie.” He also had a dear close friend, Jesse, whom they always lovingly referred to one another as “Moe.” The relationships and friendships he maintained over the years helped him through both the best and the worst of times. Bruce's love of the outdoors was a big part of who he was as well. He had a love for horses and all things Wild West. A true cowboy, which inspired his daughter’s love for horses, standing by her as the only father in the 4H club. He also would coach the girls’ softball teams; even though he wasn’t always the biggest fan of it. If it was important to his girls, it was important to him. Deer hunting was something Bruce enjoyed doing with his brother and close friends every year. Having his daughter continue his yearly hobby brought him joy even when he wasn't able to continue himself. Bruce also had a deep love for music that he passed on to his family. Often smiling listening to his youngest daughter when she'd tell him her record store finds and concert stories. Some of his favorites included: Stevie Ray Vaughan, Chris Stapleton, Steel Drivers, Louis Armstrong, and many more. Whether it was blues, soul, or country, he always kept music in his heart. Bruce will always be remembered by so many and for so many of his amazing qualities and attributes. His strength, perseverance, and bravery were the true definition of heroic. Bruce's strong spirit will be carried on in the hearts of his family for generations to come. Parker Jr., Bruce D. peacefully July 22, 2021 of West Seneca, NY. Beloved husband of the late Kathleen (nee Hayes) Parker; devoted father of Lindsay (Edward Smith), Allison (David Dadzie), and Emily Parker; cherished grandfather of 8 grandchildren; loving son of the late Bruce D. Parker and Carole (nee Mergenhagen) Wheeler, and step-son to Arthur Wheeler; dear brother of Scott Parker; also survived by nieces, nephews, many devoted close friends. Friends are welcome to visit on Thursday, July 29th from 2-5PM at LAKESIDE MEMORIAL FUNERAL HOME, 1340 Union Road, West Seneca, NY. A memorial service will take place following the visiting hours. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Mercy Hospital, 565 Abbott Road, Buffalo, NY 14220. Online condolences and donations may be made at www.LakesideFuneralHome.com.
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Thursday
29
July

Visiting Hours

2:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Thursday, July 29, 2021
Lakeside Memorial Funeral Home - West Seneca, NY
1340 Union Road
West Seneca, New York, United States
716-674-5776
Thursday
29
July

Memorial Service

5:00 pm
Thursday, July 29, 2021
Lakeside Memorial Funeral Home - West Seneca, NY
1340 Union Rd.
West Seneca, New York, United States
716-674-5776