John "Art" Parkin
John "Art" Parkin

Obituary of John "Art" Parkin

Of Avonport, Kings Co., passed away Tuesday, November 21, 2017 in Valley Regional Hospital, Kentville. Born in Mount Hebron, NB, he was the youngest son of the late John W. “Jack” and Edith A. (Hillary) Parkin.

During his lifetime Art was a sailor, soldier, millwright, locksmith and school bus driver. He served in the R.C.N. on the Haida, Sioux and Mic Mac during the early 50's. Art enjoyed spending time in the woods, hunting and trapping, and reading westerns, especially books by Louis L'Amour. He was a mini-farmer who spent many hours working his gardens and raising pigs, goats and cattle. Art was very proud of his family and their accomplishments.

He is survived by his wife, the former Edith Stevens; his children, John (Lorraine), Ruth (Doug) Gallupe and Stephen; grandchildren, Matthew and Madison Gallupe. He was predeceased by brother, Bill (Edna) and sister, Annie.

Arrangements have been entrusted to DeMont Family Funeral Home & Cremation Service, 419 Albert St., Windsor (902-798-8317). There will be a private family interment in Riverbank Cemetery, Hantsport. A memorial service celebrating Art’s life will be held Saturday, November 25 at 2:30 p.m. in the Avonport Baptist Church, 508 Oak Island Rd., Avonport, Rev. Wayne Fevens officiating. A reception will follow in the church hall. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to ElderDog Canada, 907 Feltzen South Rd., Rose Bay, NS B0J 2X0; Heart and Stroke Foundation of Nova Scotia, 5657 Spring Garden Rd., Halifax, NS B3J 3R4 or a charity of one’s choice. Messages of condolence may be sent to the family by visiting: www.demontfamilyfuneralhome.ca