Howard Parker

August 23, 1921March 20, 2013

Parker, Dr. Howard Grant-91 of Halifax passed away March 20,2013 in the Camp Hill Veterans Memorial Building, QEII. Born in Wolfville, he was the youngest son of the late Harry Garfield Parker and Eudevilla(Eunice)(Pearl). Howard was predeceased by his brothers J. Willard, Laurence and Clarence and sisters Edna(Cochrane) and Myrtle(Sawler). He was the last surviving member of his immediate family. Survived by his beloved wife Sarah and stepdaughter Helen Trollope(Peter Stutz), Linton, England, Pat Martin(Trevor), Falmouth, England, stepson Jamie Solley(Caroline), Naramata, BC, several step-grandchildren and nieces and nephews. Howard served as a medic and bacteriologist in the Second World War from 1943-1946. He discovered a treatment for gas gangrene and was able to save many from amputations. He was commended by the Director General of Medicine services overseas for his research and application in this regard. A member of Fort Massey United Church since 1957, he was presented with the Order of Fort Massey in 2011 and also received the award of exceptional merit for distinguished service. Howard was a trained lay chaplain and took part in chapel services at the Veterans’ residence and Fort Massey United Church. He had served as an Assistant Scout Master and was invested in the Order of Demolay with the Honourary Legion of Honour. He was a Rotarian of 35 years and a lifetime member in the Masonic order and had received a 50 year pin. He was a student of the Atlantic Opera Society and sang tenor in a number of choirs. He was awarded the D.R. Poole Memorial trophy for the greatest contribution of youth work in Canada and was a recent recipient of the Duke of Edinburgh and Queen’s Jubilee medals. Howard was employed as a pharmaceutical representative for Poulenc Pharmaceutical in Montreal and had received an honourary degree from Dalhousie University where he taught immunology. He held two terms as President of the Veterans Council at Camp Hill and was the official speaker at functions for visiting dignitaries. Howard served in many capacities throughout his life and will be sadly missed. Funeral service will be held April 3, 2013 at 11am in Fort Massey United Church, Halifax with a reception following. Burial will be at 3pm in Pine Grove Cemetery, Middleton. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the QEII Foundation of Fort Massey United Church. A sincere thank you to the staff at Camp Hill Veterans’ residence for their compassionate care shown to Howard. Funeral arrangements are entrusted to JA Snow Funeral Home, 339 Lacewood Dr. Hfx NS B3S 0E1 (455-0531). For on-line condolences, please visit


  • Memorial Service Wednesday, April 3, 2013

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Darlene Lagatdu

July 13, 2013

Dear Sarah,
Joe and I heard of the news only in July,so very sorry. What a good man has gone to his rest. We love you. Call for anything , 902-85-1502 Darlene Lagatdu and Joe Young

April 5, 2013

We remember Howard with great fondness and send our sympathy to all of you on this loss. Florence MacQueen and family.

April 4, 2013

Dear Sarah and family,
I am so sorry to learn of Dr. Parker's death. I always enjoyed see you both at our teas and other functions. He was a kind and gentle man and I know he will be missed.

Charles O'Neil - QEII Foundation.

Nathan Jolly

April 3, 2013

April 3,2013
Dear Sarah and Family,
I was saddened to read about Howard's death. My heart and prayers are with you all during this difficult time. Howard will always remain in my memories.

Elsie Rolls

April 3, 2013

Hi Sarah and family,
Please accept my sincere condolences. I was very fond of Howard and shall miss him dearly. He was a wonderful person and gave so much of himself while living here at Camp Hill. His support of the other Veterans, the Veterans Memorial Garden, and Veterans Council was wonderful. I could always depend on him to speak eloquently on behalf of all Camp Hill Veterans during commemorative services and other events that occurred here. It has been a great honour to have been able to get to know such special people as you, Sarah and Howard. He shall be missed. Take care of yourself.
Your friend,
Elsie Rolls, Director, Veterans' Services, Camp Hill