CASSELBERRY, Fla. – Roger Williams Parks, 71, formally of Topsham and Bath, died at his home on Aug. 4, 2018.

Roger was born Dec. 5, 1946 in Brunswick, the son of Charles and Roberta (Williams) Parks. He grew up in Topsham and graduated from Brunswick High School in 1965. He was a member of the Sagadahoc Agricultural and Horticultural Society/Topsham Fair Association and was a firefighter with Topsham Fire and Rescue.

Roger was extremely proud of his military service. He was an Airmen for the United States Navy, stationed at McGuire Air Force Base during Vietnam. Prior to his discharge in 1969, he was stationed to VP #11 at the Brunswick Naval Air Station.  Returning to civilian life, Roger became a founding member of the V.F.W. Post 2197 in Topsham and a member of the Corey E. Garver American Legion Post #202.

Roger married Phyllis St. Amand on March 3, 1969 and raised three children. He was a welder at Bath Iron Works from 1971 until his retirement in 2010. He enjoyed being a welding instructor and passing along his knowledge of the trade. A member of Local #6, he served on the Safety Committee and the Negotiating Committee.

He is predeceased by his parents, Charles and Roberta Parks. Roger is survived by a daughter, Amy Parks Bisson and her husband, Russell of Topsham, a son, Michael Parks of Casselberry, Fla. and his youngest daughter, Jennifer Parks Boyko of Topsham; his grandchildren, Makayla Boyko, Ethan Boyko and Abigail Boyko all of Topsham, Melinda Vaughan and husband, Scott of Scarborough, Ashley Harmon of Lisbon Falls; and two great-grandchildren.

He is also survived by a sister, Lillian “Bonnie” Graves and her husband, Philip of Wells and a brother, Clifford Parks and his wife, Deborah of Longwood, Fla.; four nieces, five nephews; and many friends.

A graveside service will be held Sunday, June 2 at 1 p.m. at Haley Cemetery, located at 81 River Road, Topsham. A celebration of Roger’s life and reception will follow at the Topsham Grange, located at 47 Pleasant Street.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to

The National Vietnam War Museum, Weatherford, Texas.