Rock Funeral Home


Ralph Avery Parker, Jr.

August 8, 1926April 23, 2021

Ralph A. Parker Jr., 94 of Dartmouth, passed away Friday, April 23, 2021 in Hope Health Hulitar Hospice Center with his family at his side. He was the husband of Claire (Martin) Parker and his late wife Doris (Greenough) Parker.

Born in New Bedford, a son of the late Ralph Avery Parker Sr. and Beatrice Rose (Carreau) Parker; a lifelong resident of the southcoast, he was a graduate of Fairhaven High School and the former SMTI. He served as a Signalman in the United States Navy during WWII.

Ralph loved his family, especially his grandchildren; he enjoyed bus trips, crosswords, fishing, Golfing and enjoyed vacationing on West Island when his children were young. He was a member of the Dartmouth Bible Church. A longstanding member and former Commander of the New Bedford Power Squadron, a longtime volunteer at local nursing homes through his ministry; he taught Pioneer Boys and was an elder at Long Plain Baptist Church for many years. He was a Chaplain in Largo, Florida for a 330 home complex for many years where they resided. He volunteered at Saint Anthony’s Soup Kitchen and St. Luke’s Hospital. He was a longtime member of the DAV. Ralph enjoyed going to McDonald’s once a week to meet friends to socialize for many years.

In addition to his wife Claire, he is survived by his children, Charlene Parker and her husband Ronald Mayette of Lakeville, Dennis Parker and his wife Sandra of Nashua, Glen A. Parker and his wife Janice of Berkley, Carol Wright and her husband Michael of Lakeville and Brian Martin and wife Jane of Mattapoisett; 11 grandchildren, 15 great grandchildren and 1 niece and 2 nephews. He was the brother of the late Earl Parker.

In lieu of flowers contributions in Ralph’s honor may be made to: Hope Health Hulitar Hospice Center, 1085 North Main Street, Providence RI 02904

Visitation will be held on Saturday, May 1, 2021 from 4:00 to 7:00 PM in the ROCK FUNERAL HOME, 1285 Ashley Blvd., New Bedford, MA 02745. Funeral service will be at 6:00PM. Burial will be private. To leave a note of condolence:


  • Hope Health Hulitar Hospice Center



  • Visitation

    Saturday, May 1, 2021

  • Funeral Service

    Saturday, May 1, 2021


  • Burial Private


Ralph Avery Parker, Jr.

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Colleen Barrett

April 28, 2021

Charlene and Family,
I am so sorry for your loss. May your many memories of time spent with your dad help ease your grief.
With deepest sympathy,

Sherry Lopes

April 28, 2021

Claire and family,
Please accept our deepest condolences. We truly enjoyed meeting Ralph through Claire at Fairhaven Dollars for Scholars Scholarship Awards events. He was genuinely warm, compassionate and always had a story to share. We looked forward to seeing him every May. Prayers of peace and comfort for his family at this sad time.
Sherry Lopes

Matt Medeiros

April 28, 2021

Ralph is a wonderful man of God that is now in the arms of Jesus.
While here he was a true gentle man and pillar of our faith, a servant, a friend and a mentor.
I look forward to living with you in eternity, forever in the presence of our God and our Lord Jesus.

Michelle Torres

April 27, 2021

We will miss seeing Ralph’s smiling face! He was such a kindhearted soul, with lots of wisdom, and so much love for everyone. Such a Godly example.
May he rest in sweet peace with Jesus, until we meet again. ❤️

Larry Trudeau

April 27, 2021

We always considered Ralph to be a part of our extended family. His gentle manner and Godly wisdom has left an imprint on our lives. Rest In Peace brother till we meet again to be with our Lord forever.