Ronald J. Parrott, 74, of Massena, passed away while in Venice, FL on Thursday March 10, 2011 of complications due to cancer. Ron was born in Massena, on August 20, 1936.
He was preceded in death by his father and mother, Lewis Parrott and Ella (Nichols) Parrott; sisters Pearl Sullivan, Rita Scully, and Dorothy Roy; and brother Louis D. Parrott.
He is survived by his loving wife, Shirley of 53 years; and children, Mark L. Parrott of Massena, Michael J. Parrott of San Francisco, CA and Kathleen A. Parrott of Charlotte, NC.
Ron and high school sweetheart Shirley A. Langlois were married on August 31, 1957. He served in the U.S. Army for two years and was honorably discharged in 1958. He then entered Clarkson University on an athletic scholarship for wrestling, graduating in 1962 with a Bachelor’s of Science degree in Industrial Distribution. Employed by Gleason Works in Rochester, from 1962-1966, Ron then went to work for V.S Jerry and Sons, Massena, from 1966-1968. He then entered into a partnership with G. Gabriel Sullivan at Sullivan’s Office Supply, Inc. Upon Gabe’s retirement in 1986, Ron assumed full ownership of the company and retired in 1994.
He spent his retirement years between Massena, and Venice, Fl. Throughout his life, Ron enjoyed golf, sports, travel, nature, reading and World War II history. He truly had a passion for living, and an unquestionable dedication and unconditional love for his family and friends. He will be remembered as a loyal, generous and compassionate husband, father and friend. All who knew and loved him will miss him.
Donations in Ron’s memory can be made to the American Cancer Society or the Trinity Catholic School of Massena, NY. A Mass of Resurrection will be held on Friday, March 18, 2011at 12:00 noon at the Church of the Sacred Heart in Massena. Friends and family may be received on Thursday, from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m.at the Phillips Memorial Home in Massena. Interment will be in Calvary Cemetery.
Online condolences may be made to www.phillipsmemorial.com.