NORTH ANDOVER — Mr. Steven H. Parker, a North Andover resident, and formerly of Melrose, died suddenly on Wednesday morning, July 13, 2011, at home, at the age of 58.
Steven was born in Melrose on March 11, 1953, one of two children of the late Almon "Red" Parker and Dorothy (Hosmer) Parker. Raised in Melrose, Steve graduated from Melrose High School in 1971, and the University of Maine — Orono in 1975. He owned and operated Parker Communications, a public relations and marketing company for the technology sector. Steve was a former Alderman for the City of Melrose and was Editor of the Melrose Free Press for many years.
From a young age, Steve loved music. He played in bands starting in junior high school and loved rock music as well as country western. He also loved genealogy, photography, writing, and reading novels by Kurt Vonnegut, Jr. and Robert B. Parker. During the summer, Steve enjoyed going to the family cottage at Lake Shore Park in Gilford, N.H. Above all else, he was a family man who always considered his family #1.
Steve was the beloved husband of Dr. Lisa A. Bailyn, with whom he shared 12 years of marriage. Cherished son of the late Dorothy H. and Almon "Red" Parker. Devoted father of Bethany D. Niloff and her husband Matt of Billerica, Meredith L. "Meri" Belanger and her husband Bob of Sharon, Emily J. Parker of Andover and her fiance Matthew Hall, and Linnea B. Parker of North Andover. Loving brother of Pamela J. Penney and her husband Jensen of Gilford, N.H. Cherished grandfather of Trevor and Dexter Niloff and David and Danielle Belanger. Dear son-in-law of Inez P. and Robert J. Bailyn of Lake Worth, Fla. Brother-in-law of Ronald E. Bailyn, MD of Cape Elizabeth, Maine, and Peter A. Bailyn of Wilmington, Del. Also survived by Darlene (Cheney) Bowen of North Andover.
ARRANGEMENTS: Funeral service at the Robinson Funeral Home, 809 Main St., Melrose, on Monday, July 18, at 10 a.m. Relatives and friends are respectfully invited to attend. Visiting hours on Sunday from 2 to 6 p.m. Interment in Wyoming Cemetery, Melrose. In lieu of flowers, gifts in Steve's memory may be made to the Steven H. Parker Scholarship Fund — Melrose High School, P.O. Box 760695, Melrose, MA 02176. For directions, obituary or guestbook, please visit RobinsonFuneralHome.com.