Tommie Ray Parr
May 18, 1949 – November 16, 2019
NORWICH – Tommie Ray Parr, 70, lost his courageous battle with cancer on Saturday, Nov. 16, 2019.
He was born in Norwich on May 18, 1949 to Calvin and Lillian (Palmer) Parr. Thereafter he entered the Navy during the Vietnam era serving his country. While in the Navy he married his soulmate, Donna (James). They were wed in 1971 at Our Lady of The Lakes in Oakdale, CT and lived the first two years together thereafter in Key West, FL until being Honorably discharged from the Navy.
Tommie and Donna returned to Connecticut to start their family. Tommie earned his Bachelor’s Degree from Thames Valley and worked for 41 years at Electric Boat retiring as a Test Technician.
This laid back, easy-going guy started that lifestyle in his youth with regular trips to Westerly beaches to surf. As an adult, a month-long vacation for the family was an annual event at a beach house in Niantic. He enjoyed skiing, snowmobiling and all things outdoors paying particular attention to his gardening as well. Tommie followed the UCONN girls and NY Giants also. His favorite time spent however was whenever he was with family.
Besides his wife Donna, Tommie is also survived by his daughter and her husband; Megan and Craig Huntington and their children, Lillian and Hazel, sister; Judy Casey, brother-in-law; John and his wife Pat James, sister-in-law; Lori and husband Norman Danis, nieces and nephews; Amy & Scott Connolly, John & Tara James, Tabatha & Joe Turgeon and Tanya Kapilotis along with many friends and co-workers he considered “family”.
Visitation will be held on Saturday, Nov 23rd from 9am-11:30am at the Church & Allen Funeral Home, 136 Sachem St., Norwich, CT with procession to follow to Maplewood Cemetery for interment with Military Honors.
The family would like to thank Eastern CT Hematology & Oncology and Hospice of SE CT for their professionalism and compassionate care.
In lieu of flowers, donations in Tommie’s memory may be made to either The Center for Hospice Care of SE CT, 227 Dunham St., Norwich, CT 06360 or St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital.
- Calling Hours / Visitation Saturday, November 23, 2019
- A Few Words From Family Saturday, November 23, 2019
- Burial With Military Honors Saturday, November 23, 2019
Tommie Ray Parr
November 24, 2019
Tommie, in all the decades at EB, I never heard you utter a disparaging word about anybody. which surely belongs in the book of world records and a great testament to your humanity. Go rest high on that mountain my friend and rest in peace. God bless your family.
November 20, 2019
My friend. I will forever miss the weekly visits from you when you would drop off my check, and then just shoot the breeze about whatever. I always enjoyed your company and am deeply saddened by your passing. I know you are pain free now, and I look forward to meeting you again in the hereafter. Until that time comes...