July 27, 1950 – Jan. 13, 2021
Westborough – George E. Parker Jr., passed away peacefully at his home of 70 years, surrounded by his loving family, after a brief battle with an aggressive form of brain cancer on Jan. 13, 2021. George found much comfort and peace knowing he was able to spend his final days at home, where he lived his whole life on the family farm. George was the second-generation owner and operator of Parker’s Orchard, one of the longest running orchards in town; Est. in 1947 Westborough.
George was born in 1950 to the late George E. Parker Sr. and Helen M. (Manning) Parker and was the eldest of the Parker children. He was educated in the Westborough Public School System and graduated from Westborough High School in 1969.
George enjoyed helping his father around the family orchard from a very young age and following high school, he worked briefly for the Westborough Public School System as a custodian. Not long after, he began operating a large pig farm in Upton for the Jarrett family and would also be seen around the local restaurants collecting food to feed the pigs that he cared for.
In 1988, he purchased the family home and orchard and began running the business full time, as well as starting up his own landscaping business, Hillside Landscaping, which thrived for many years. In his older years, George’s passion was for his orchard and he continued to work tirelessly on it up until two weeks prior to his passing. George also loved spending time with his family and friends, he frequented many local diners and would enjoy talking with people around town.
George is survived by his niece, LeeAnn (Anderson) Desmarais, whom he thought of more like a daughter, and her husband, Louis Rob Desmarais Jr. of Shrewsbury; two great-nieces, Alyssa J. Desmarais of Westborough and Ashley T. Desmarais of Shrewsbury, whom he thought of more like granddaughters; his sister, Sharon A. (Parker) Gravlin, of Westborough; and his beloved big yellow Labrador, Rocky, as well as cousins and many, many friends and customers he met throughout the years.
Family and friends will gather for calling hours Wednesday, Jan. 20, from 9 – 10:15 a.m., at the Britton Funeral Home, 648 Main St., Shrewsbury, followed by his funeral Mass, which will be celebrated at 11 a.m. at St. Luke the Evangelist Church, 70 W Main St, Westborough. Burial will be held privately in St. Luke’s Cemetery, Westborough. Masks are required and social distance guidelines will be in place.