Richard Parrott

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Richard “Dick” Owen Parrott, 75 of Wilmington, died on October 8, 2016 after a hard fight against multiple health issues that surprised us all.

He was born on October 4, 1941 in Caro, Michigan.

He leaves behind his wife, Nancy Lancaster Parrott of Wilmington and a sister in Michigan, Kathy Parrott Bennett. His multiple fur babies will also miss him. Dick came to Wilmington in the early 1970’s to work for the Star News. He later became co-owner of Longleaf Photo. He joined the New Hanover County Sheriff’s Department as a special sworn deputy and then became a regular deputy. In the late 1980’s, he joined Wrightsville Beach Police Department, retiring in the late 1990’s. His passion was photography. Dick’s specialty was his knowledge of lighting which showed in his bridal portraits, family portraits, pet portraits, and his indoor/outdoor images. Dick loved watching his students “get it” with their own photography. Dick was a member and past President of Azalea Dog Training Club. He helped many animal organizations with fund raisers. Dick loved his photography with Monty’s Home, Pawsitive Prison Partner Programs. He adored his monthly sessions photographing the cover model for Pawprints Magazine. Dick would always go to the back page of the magazine to see who found their furever home.

Thank you to the nurses on the second, fifth and seventh floor of NHRMC. Special thank you to two of the greatest friends Dick could ever have had, Dave Temple and Larry Bray.

In lieu of flowers donations may be made to Monty’s Home, Pender County Humane Society, Carolina Collie Rescue, any Shetland Sheepdog rescue, or New Hanover Humane Society would be appreciated.

A Celebration of Life Service will be held at 1:00PM on Saturday, October 29, 2016 at Coble Ward-Smith Funeral Service, 3915 Oleander Drive, Wilmington, NC 28403.

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  • Celebration of Life Service sábado, 29 octubre , 2016

Richard Parrott


Carol Solana

6 noviembre , 2016

My deepest condolences. Mr Parrott was such a kind and talented man. His passing is truly a great loss to our community. He did my wedding photos, and beach photos of my beloved Westie. And just last Christmas he took Christmas photos of my new puppy. He had a way of putting everyone at ease and capturing beautiful images. He will be remembered with great fondness and missed dearly.

Lorraine Corso

5 noviembre , 2016

RIP Sir. I will miss your generous spirit.

Cody Neal

1 noviembre , 2016

I was surprised and saddened to hear the news of Mr. Parrott's passing. As a student in one of his classes, he always shared his enthusiasm and energy for life and photography with the class. Mr. Parrott had an expansive knowledge and background of photography and often would add a bit of humor in with his teachings. My condolences go out to all his friends and family. He will be missed.

Scot Kennedy

1 noviembre , 2016

I am so sorry to hear of Dick's passing. He was a good man and it was a honor to know him. He will be missed.

Julia Messineo

1 noviembre , 2016

Thank you for giving so much of yourself to our four legged friends. Hearts & prayers the family. Julia

Sandra Wofford

28 octubre , 2016

Met Dick over 8 years ago through Monty's Home. Such a wonderful and caring person who was always a huge advocate for shelter animals. Will truly miss him walking around with his camera, his whistle in his mouth, searching for the best shot of each dog that would help find their forever families. Dick touched the hearts and lives of so many humans and canines. It was a privilege and a joy to know him.

Treesie Paradis

28 octubre , 2016

The staff at Trulie Dogs are so deeply saddened by the loss of our favorite pictures with Santa photographer! Over the last 3 years he became a close friend to us all!! He wouldn't stop until he got the perfect shot of each customers furbaby! He took so much pride in his work and equipment. Twice a year, he would haul all of his equipment into our store and despite all of us offering to help him carry it, he would insist on doing it himself. He personally took time to help me pull off a surprise photo for one of my groomers. Each year, I would have one of my children as his asst and they grew a love for photography just being by his side. Our deepest sympathy goes out to his wife, Nancy who he let everyone know was the love of his life. We will continue our pictures with Santa fundraiser this year in honor of Dick but it will definitely be a bitter sweet day!! We all hope you are getting tons of puppy kisses in heaven and until we see you again, my friend...

Delmas Atkinson, Jr.

27 octubre , 2016

I first met Dick Parrott at the New Hanover County Sheriff's Department when it was located at 20 North 4th Street. It was there that I got to know him, work with him, and learned to appreciate and admire him. He was a fine Deputy and I am so glad to have met him. Nancy, I am so saddened by the loss of your husband. --Buck--

Sherri Bradley

25 octubre , 2016

We are so very sorry to hear this sad news. Dick was our wedding photographer on May 28, 2016. He was so vibrant, happy, and full of life that it is hard to believe that just five months later this has happened. Our condolences are with his wife, Nancy, and his furbabies. In the short time we shared with him preparing for the wedding, he spoke of you all very often. It was very obvious, Nancy, that he put you high up on a pedestal and loved you dearly. We are very blessed that we have the beautiful pictures from our wedding and will think of him every time we view them. God bless...
Sherri and Rich Bradley

24 octubre , 2016

Sue & I met Dick at one of his photography classes back in 2010. Little did we realize the impact that this guy would have on our lives. Over the years we quickly learned that Dick was a Master Photographer, a teacher, our mentor, and most of all he became our friend. We always learned from Dick and his vast library of experience ranging from film and chemicals to the digital technologies of today. Not a lot of the old school photographers were able to make the transition from film and chemicals to digital with pixels and gigabits with computers and Photoshop. Not only was he able to embrace and succeed in that transition he became a teacher so that he could show the wonders of digital photography to others.

One of the first things that I learned from Dick, "learn to see". Too often we look but do not see. Look for the light, use God's light. Every time we set to shoot a scene, a pet, or a family I know Dick is looking over my shoulder.

I hope everyone enjoyed and developed their love of Photography like Sue and I did. I know of a number of his students that have opened their own photography business and many others that concentrated on kids & grand-kids and other fun stuff. Dick had his own unique way of mixing experience with the class objectives so that everyone gained and learned.

His departure is a loss to the photography world and to many, including Sue & I, the loss of a teacher, a mentor, and a valued friend. We consider ourselves very fortunate to have know and studied with Dick and especially fortunate to have know him as a friend. We will miss Dick, his advice that he was always willing to share, his experience, and his friendship.