Kenneth I. Parker, 79, of Barrington, RI, went to be with his
Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ on Wednesday, July 17, 2019 after
a lengthy illness. He is predeceased by his parents, George I.
Parker and Alice E. (Barnett) Parker, two sisters, Patricia Barry
and Linda Parker, a brother, William Y. Parker and brother-in-law,
J. Paul Barry He graduated East Providence H.S. in 1957 and
received a B.S. in Civil Engineering from Worcester Polytechnic
Institute in 1961 and a Master of Science in Management from
Rensselear Polytechnic Institute in 1967.
Surviving Kenneth are his wife, Phyllis Parker, son, Matthew S.
Parker of Nantucket, MA, daughter Monica S. Parker (Hopton)
and son-in-law, Frank Hopton of Little Compton, RI, (8)
grandchildren, Captain Jared B. Hopton and wife, Krista Hopton
of Fort Sill, OK, Neal Hopton of Newport, RI, Luke Hopton and
wife, Rachel of Providence, RI, Jake Hopton and Karina Hopton
of Little Compton, RI, Ben Parker of San Francisco, Adam Parker
of Washington, DC and Ethan Parker of Nantucket, MA. Nieces,
Cathy Vacchelli, Patti Robinson and Linda Kaluzynski and
nephew Christopher Kinnane, and cousins Clair Potter and
Ken was married to Phyllis (Nelson) Parker on June 22, 1980 and
shared 48 years of commitment and marriage. He worked with
US Steel Corp. in Pittsburgh, PA, was a District Manager of
Sales Engineering for Gilbane Building Co. in Providence from
1970-76 and later became Director of Marketing with Fletcher-
Thompson from 1977-1980 in Bridgeport, CT ~~ until he got the
“Real Estate Bug” to become an independent entrepreneur and
invested in several RI rental properties. His ultimate “rehab”
almost came to fruition on the Island of Anguilla, BVI where, along
with dear friends, Doug & Deb Sosebee, bought a dream property
and met all the Island building requirements. He drew up the
plans himself and hired a builder. It was not to be but he visited
Anguilla for many, many years.
Even until his death he would always joke about the next “rehab”
availability. He and Phyllis began inn keeping on Nantucket
Island in the mid-70’s and owned and operated, The Parker
Guest House, Tuckernuck Inn and American Bounty Restaurant
along with Nantucket Breeze Condominiums. After 25 years on
the island they returned to native Rhode Island and along with
son-in-law, Frank Hopton and daughter, Monica (Parker) Hopton
the four of them owned and operated the State House Inn,
Mowry-Nicholson House, and the Christopher Dodge House.
He loved the Lord, his family, his dear friends and traveling
whenever possible. He retired in 2018 and enjoyed reading,
gardening, antique printing presses and home repairs,.