Alvin Parker

Obituary of Alvin M. Parker

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Alvin (Al) was born on January 30th, 1941, in Gowanda, New York, to Harold Parker and Bessie Smith. He was an enrolled member of the Tonawanda Band of Senecas, Heron Clan. Al worked hard to preserve and promote his Native culture and language as a historian, teacher, lecturer, and community activist.

 Al graduated from Burgard High School and later Buffalo State College. He was an active musician and loved playing guitar.  He played in various bands throughout the years and his love of playing guitar led him to Geraldine (Gerry).

When Gerry first met Al, she expressed interest in wanting to learn guitar. Al wrapped his arms around hers to show her how to play, and a romance blossomed from that moment on. Gerry never did learn to play guitar!

 Al and Gerry were together for 63 years, married for 60, and brought five beautiful children into the world: Kenneth, Robert, Tricia, Julie, and Melissa. They gave him nine grandchildren, providing him with a fulfilling life. Family was especially important to him and he loved laughing with his kids and playing with his grandkids.  Al was a pillar of his family and an exceptional husband, father, grandfather, and great-grandfather.

Al was employed at General Motors for most of his life as a Training Specialist. After retiring, he taught cultural studies at School 19 and had numerous speaking engagements with history enthusiasts throughout New York State. He was the first Native American inducted into Leadership Buffalo. He was an ardent supporter of the Buffalo Historical Society, and sat on the board at the Old Fort/Niagara Association. Al was highly passionate about participating in Civil War and French and Indian War reenactments at Forest Lawn cemetery, Hull House, Old Fort Niagara, and Appomattox Court House because he could preserve the stories of the past and the legacy of his ancestors Ely S. Parker and Red Jacket.

 Serving honorably in the United States Marine Corps gave Al much pride. He was granted a Good Conduct Medal for serving between 1960 and 1964. He was deployed to Guantanamo Bay during the Cuban Missile Crisis and later conducted countless interviews about his time served. His commitment to his country and community is unmatched, and he truly will be missed.


PARKER - Alvin, M. of Buffalo, NY, August 21, 2022.

Beloved husband of Geraldine A. (nee Dubel) Parker for 60 years; dearest father of Kenneth J. (Pam Turner) Parker, Robert C. (Susan) Parker, Tricia M. (late Brian) Jacobs, Julie A. Parker, and Melissa L. (Daniel) Leonard; grandfather of Taylor, Kaylin, Jacob, Bair, Elijah, Nolan, Sofie, Jack, and Maxim; great-grandfather of four; brother of Richard Parker (late Gayle), loving son of the late Harold Parker and the late Bessie Smith; and predeceased by 3 brothers and 3 sisters; also survived by nieces and nephews. Friends will be received Fri. 8/26, 3-7 PM at LAKESIDE MEMORIAL FUNERAL HOME, INC. 1340 Union Rd. West Seneca, NY 14224 716-674-5776. A Funeral Service to be held Sat. 8/27, 10 AM at the funeral home. Committal Service to follow at St. Matthew’s Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Native American Community Services (NACS) at 1005 Grant St., Buffalo, NY 14207. Online condolences may be made at

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3:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Friday, August 26, 2022
Lakeside Memorial Funeral Home Inc.
1340 Union Road
West Seneca, New York, United States

Funeral Service

10:00 am
Saturday, August 27, 2022
Lakeside Memorial Funeral Home - West Seneca, NY
1340 Union Rd.
West Seneca, New York, United States
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