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Donald Francis Parks was born in Cheektowaga, New York to Francis and Bertha Parks in 1931. His most cherished childhood memories were going to Crystal Beach on Kensington Bay with his family. He was a loving, honest and kind man who lived by the philosophy to “live and let live.” At nineteen years old, Donald joined the Navy, stationed on the west coast working on the Nordon bombsight. The U.S. Navy introduced him to an electrical career where he would enjoy a lifetime of friends. After returning from service, he would go on to become an electrical foreman for Bethlehem Steel. Donald was most grateful in life for the love he received in his life; two loving wives and five wonderful kids. His most proud moment in his life was when his children were born, and his grandchildren and great-grandchildren gave him so much joy. He liked going on vacations to Sunset Bay, and always went to church while the children were growing up. The happiest moment in his life was seeing his children graduate from high school and college. He truly cherished his good health, loving wife, family dogs and his kids, though looking back wished he was a better father and husband when he was younger. In his leisure time, Donald enjoyed reading from authors such as John Sanford and James Patterson. He enjoyed camping, bowling, and golfing, though he wished he could have enjoyed more of it. Donald liked to eat pizza, potato pancakes and fish when he was appreciating a good meal. Donald wanted to be remembered as the nice guy that he was, a good friend to all and for how much he loved everyone. His final words of wisdom he wanted to pass on to his family and friends were “Love each other, life is too short, don’t wish your life away.” Parks, Donald Francis “Handlebars” April 13, 2022 of Lake View, NY. Beloved husband of Joan (nee Mecurio) and late Phyllis (nee Blake) Parks; devoted father of David (Colleen), Linda (Peter) Somerville, Lori Filock, Scott (Mary Uliaszek), and Brett (Jen) Parks; loving step-father of Lynn (Daniel) Weaver; also survived by 10 grandchildren, 14 great-grandchildren, nieces, and nephews. Friends received on Monday from 3 – 7 PM at LAKESIDE MEMORIAL FUNERAL HOME, INC. 4199 Lake Shore Rd. (corner Camp Rd. & Rte. 5) Hamburg, NY 716-627-2919. Where a funeral service will immediately follow at 7 PM. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Hospice Buffalo. Please leave online donations and condolences at www.LakesideFuneralHome.com.
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Monday
18
April

Visitation

3:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Monday, April 18, 2022
Lakeside Memorial Funeral Home, Inc. - Hamburg Location
4199 Lake Shore Rd.
Hamburg, New York, United States
716-627-2919
Monday
18
April

Funeral Service

7:00 pm
Monday, April 18, 2022
Lakeside Memorial Funeral Home, Inc. - Hamburg, NY
4199 Lake Shore Road
Hamburg, New York, United States
716-627-2919