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Obituary: Charles Armstrong Parker, 1954-2019

Founder of Starksboro’s Traditional Building Trades loved historic preservation, nature

Charley Parker
  • Charley Parker

Charles “Charley” Armstrong Parker (1954-2019) of Starksboro, VT, died peacefully at home on December 11, 2019. He will be remembered for his intimate connection to the natural world and his attention to detail.

Charley walked through life with an awareness of his surroundings and appreciation for small details. He spent time in Starksboro having High Hills adventures in the woods with his family, working in the garden and celebrating the ever-changing offerings from the forest. Charley could also be often found contently reading in his armchair by the woodstove.

He took great pride in his self-taught historic preservation skills and ran his own successful business, Traditional Building Trades, for almost 30 years. True to the tradition of a craftsman, he shared his talents and passion with patience and grace. Charley was a loving, supportive son, brother, husband, father, friend; always a steadying hand in any storm. His lasting memory will shine bright for those he leaves behind.

Charley is survived by his wife, Lynn Stewart-Parker; four children, Lucy, Elon (Patrice, grandson Walter), Ephraim (Sierra, granddaughter Ida), and Isaac (partner Cedar Slagle). He is also survived by his siblings; brother Jerimiah (Marcia) Parker, sister Sally (Tom Flacke) Demeter, and sister Mary (Rick) Jackson.

A private family gathering will be held. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to The Preservation Trust of Vermont, 104 Church St, Burlington, VT 05401.

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