Albert Parkes passed away peacefully at his home in Princess Court in the early evening of Sunday, June 23, 2013 at the age of 84. With guidance from Dr. Moir, the RN’s and the second floor nursing staff provided excellent care to ensure Albert was comfortable at his passing.
Albert was born in Gravelbourg, Saskatchewan the child of Norbert Richard and Clarisse Parkes. Albert arrived in Dryden in the mid 1980’s and soon was introduced (by Rosemary Valdock) to her grandmother Gertrude (Bartlett) Simpson. They courted and were married in Ocho Rios, Jamaica on January 12, 1989. Albert instantly became a new step dad and a grandfather to Gertie’s children, grandchildren and great grandchildren. He accepted the role with honour and is affectionately still known as grampa Albert by the family. During retirement Albert and Gertie were very active in volunteer work and served wherever they were needed. Albert was a gracious companion for Gertie and they truly enjoyed many memorable trips together. With encouragement from Gertie, Albert became a creator of many extraordinary lawn ornaments and his workmanship adorned may lawns and homes in the community. Albert became an avid gardener and could often be found on his knees in the vegetable patch. Albert was very active in the Moose Lodge and served a term as Governor.
Albert is survived by his step son Dale Bartlett (Katherine) , step grandchildren Michael Kirwan (Carol), Rosemary Valdock (Thane), Nancy Langlais (Bruno Riccia), Sandra Benvenuto (Enzo), Danny Kirwan (Angela), Libby Harrington (Dave Hermanson) Roger Bartlett (Kathy), Andrew Bartlett, Brian Bartlett and Shannon Bartlett (Steve Copper). Albert was the proud grandfather of all of Gertie’s many great grandchildren and great great grandchildren who all called him grampa Albert with love and affection.
Albert leaves to mourn his children, grandchildren and great grandchildren, son David Parkes (Angela), grandchildren Aaron & Nikki (Arianna), Mariah & Shawn (Hailey), David, and Aaron of Edmonton, AB, son Alan Parkes (Barb), grandchildren Shawn, Koreena &Richard, Keenan, Kayla all of Edmonton, AB, son Roger Parkes (Judy), grandchildren Branden, Darcy, and Tanner of Salmon Arm, BC, and daughter Aileen Williams (James), grandchildren Mike & Dawn (Emma, Lucas, And Cora), Krystal & Tyler, Shawn, and Nick of Ponoka, AB.
Albert was predeceased by his wife Gertrude Simpson-Parkes, his step daughter Dianne Kirwin-Landry his parents and other family members.
Albert is to be intered in the family plot in the Dryden Cemetery beside his wife Gertrude.
If friends desire donations may be made to Princess Court DECO through the Stevens Funeral Homes P.O. Box 412, Dryden ON P8N 2Z1. Condolences may be