Obituary of Evan Closs Parry
Passed away peacefully with family by his side, on November 15, 2023, just one day after celebrating his remarkable 94th birthday. Predeceased by his former spouse Marie Laforest. Evan was a devoted father to William (Donna), Robert (Kathy), Deborah (Louie), Thomas (Cathy), Susan, Christopher, and Jeffrey. Proud and loving grandpa to William (Tanya), Lisa (James), Jennifer (Mario), Erin (Matt), Kassy (Jared), Andrea (Dan), Mark (Alyson), Evan, Cameron, Rebecca, Kelsa, and Brandon. Beloved great-grandfather to Kaiya, Reef, Liam, Ryder, Adeline, Madison, Zachary, Austin, Lidia, Leah, Mason, Nolan, Mackenzie, and Bentley. He will be dearly missed by his sister Jane. We take comfort in knowing he is now reunited with his siblings Katharine, Mary, Margaret, Anne and Olwen.
Born in Toronto, Evan dedicated 34 years of his life to proudly serve the Toronto Police Service, leaving an indelible mark on the community he loved. Upon retirement, he settled in Welland, where he became a familiar face through his frequent walks in the city. Evan's love for sports, especially hockey, was evident to all who knew him. A passionate fan of the Cleveland Browns and Toronto Maple Leafs, he held a special place in his heart for hockey legend Gordie Howe. Evan's greatest joy was his family. He adored his grandchildren, finding immense happiness in watching them grow up. To him, family was everything, and he lived each day for them.
The family extends heartfelt gratitude to the Extended Care Unit (ECU) at the Welland Hospital for the exceptional care provided to Evan during his six year stay.
In accordance with Evan's wishes, cremation has taken place. A celebration of his life will be held at a later date. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Covenant House, a charity that was very important to Evan.
There are no upcoming public services scheduled or the service has occurred in the past.
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