2010-09-09 / Obituaries

Lauriston ‘Larry’ Parks, 75


“Larry” A. Parks,

75, of Church Lane in Wickford died peacefully at home on Sept. 6, 2010, of complications from COPD. He was a prominent attorney in Rhode Island for 49 years up until his retirement last March.

He was the former solicitor for the town of Jamestown.

Larry was the husband of 49 years of Martha (Anderson) Parks. Born in Providence, he was the son of the late Albert L. Parks and Dorothy (Arnold) Parks. He grew up in Lincoln, and settled with his family in Rumford, after attending law school in Chicago. He moved to Saunderstown, where the family had summered for eight years, in 1972 and to Wickford in 2001.

Besides his wife, he is survived by his children, Amy P. Crownover, and her husband, Art, of Nashville, Tenn.; George W. Parks and wife, Lynda, of Cohasset, Mass.; Reed A. Parks and his wife, Julie, of Toronto, Canada; his sister, Gail Peet, of East Providence and grandchildren Parks, Emma, Reed, Anna, Claire, Sam and Matthew.

After graduating from Moses Brown School in Providence, he received his B.A. from Kent State University and his J.D. from the University of Chicago Law School. He practiced as an attorney with the former Hanson, Curran & Parks for 39 years, where he was managing partner in 2000 when he retired from the firm and started a private practice in Jamestown.

Larry was an avid sailor and spent his summers racing out of the Saunderstown Yacht Club and cruising the New England coast from Connecticut to Maine. His passion for sailing was most satisfi ed cruising for several weeks at a time Downeast, where he kept his sloop, Chickasheen, for 19 years.

He was commodore of the Saunderstown Yacht Club, chairman of the North Kingstown Republican Party, senior warden at the former St. Michael’s and All Angels Episcopal Church in East Providence, senior warden at the Chapel of Saint John the Devine in Saunderstown, R.I., state chair of the American College of Trial Lawyers, president of Pausacaco Lodge, Board member of the North Kingstown Senior Association and master of the Adelphoi Masonic Lodge. He was a current member of St. Paul’s Episcopal Church in Wickford, Wickford Yacht Club, Saunderstown Yacht Club and the Society of Colonial Wars.

A celebration of his life will be held at 9:30 a.m. this Saturday, Sept. 11, at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church in Wickford. In lieu of flowers, contributions in his memory can be made to the North Kingstown Senior Association at 44 Beach St., North Kingstown, RI 02852.

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