Timothy David PARKER

Timothy David Parker
March 13, 1985 – July 10, 2023

With profound sadness, we announce the unexpected and untimely death of our son Tim.

He was born in London Ontario, growing up with many friends. Known as “the sunshine boy,” he had the ability to light up a room with his smile. Tim graduated from Royal St. George’s College and then attended Acadia University, before working in Halifax. In 2010 he moved to Toronto to be closer to family and then moved to Edmonton in 2021.

He always had a keen interest in IT and video games, culminating in the practice of weekend gaming sessions with his brothers. Known for his common sense and acerbic wit, Tim was more than a match for any debate or topic. What meant so much to him were his quilts, lovingly made by his mother, where he always felt “wrapped in love.” He loved those quilts to tatters.

Tim had major struggles with both mental health and addiction. So many family and friends walked with Tim and our immediate family through the ups and downs of his life. As one friend who knew Tim well put it in a letter to his parents:

“Your Tim was a special and very precious man; Of course, you both know that better than anyone. I will never forget sitting with him at a family wedding, and he had us in stitches almost the entire time. Like Robin Williams, another very funny man, you always wondered what demons lay within. For him. For all of us. Sometimes demons slay us, and sometimes we can fight through.”

Tim is finally at peace, released from those demons.
Tim is survived by his loving parents, Cathy and Barry, his brothers Jeff (Amy) and Matt (Michelle). As well, his nephew Alex and nieces Ellie and Brianna, will deeply miss Uncle Tim.

Tim always had an interest in faith and religion. So, we say farewell on this side of eternity with a simple song of hope.

The strife is o’er, the battle done;
now is the Victor’s triumph won;
now be the song of praise begun.

There will be a funeral service to give thanks for Tim’s life on Saturday, July 15th at 11:00 AM MDT, St. John the Evangelist Anglican Church, 11111 57 Ave., Edmonton, AB.The service will be livestreamed and recorded on YouTube.com@st.johntheevangelistanglic7010

The family has requested that in lieu of flowers you would consider a donation in Tim’s name to the Mental Health Foundation of Alberta; mentalhealthfoundation.ca; Room 127A, Building 9, Alberta
Hospital Edmonton , 17480 Fort Road NW, Edmonton, AB T5Y 6A8



  1. Michelle McClare

    Hello Tim’s Family!

    I’m heartbroken to hear of Tim’s passing. Our 20-year friendship from Acadia meant the world to me and I’ve shed many tears since I found out yesterday. I was sad to have missed the funeral, but I really appreciated being able to see it online and hear Jeff’s reminders of the lessons Tim taught everyone.

    When life didn’t get too busy, we often talked about movies and TV shows. I always looked forward to his recommendations and discussing what we’d seen recently. There are many movies and shows that will always remind me of him.

    Though our lives took us in different directions, I always appreciated him being a part of my life. I wanted to make sure that you knew how much he meant to me. He was a great guy, and I’m going to miss him forever. I hope Tim is now at peace. I wish he was still here.

    Michelle McClare

    • Rob Munro

      This is a gut wrencher…I’ll never forget that it was Tim who gave me a place to stay in the summer of 2007, when I literally had no other options. Shout out to Matt for letting me sublet his room while he was tree planting.

      We hadn’t spoken in years, but I still considered Tim one of the best friends I’ve ever had. He introduced me to WoW, and I introduced him to country music (not a fair trade).

      He may have been a better healer than I was in WoW, but I could always smoke him at NHL 2003 on the PS2 (9th floor tower represent).

      Sleep well brother, I’ll see you on the other side.

      • Cathy Parker

        Hi Rob,
        Thanks for your comments. Matt remembers you. We miss Tim terribly especially his quirky humour. Acadia was a big part of his life and he had some special friends there.

        Keep well,
        Cathy Parker

    • Cathy Parker

      Hi Michelle,

      Thanks very much for your kind words. Tim talked about his friendship with you. We are 100% with you on your comment, “He was a great guy, and I’m going to miss him forever.” We miss him so much!!!

      With love,
      Cathy Parker

  2. G Burke

    To Tim’s Family,

    Just gutted. On the day I found out I happened to be wearing a grey zip up hoodie and jeans. That morning I looked at myself in the mirror and thought, this feels like I’m stealing Tim Parker’s outfit. Sadly, I found out later that day.

    I think there’s a lot of ways to caveat falling outs, but it’s easier to be plain – it sucks we haven’t spoken in years and now we don’t get to do that anymore. That makes me sad.

    In my memory, Tim will always be a great guy who always had an insightful witticism, the biggest heart, had his shit together and the fashion sense of a suburban dad even though he was in his late teens and early 20’s.

    Some people are true originals and he was one of them; this is rare. No one could give you an honest opinion like Tim.

    I miss Tim.

    “Saying goodbye doesn’t mean anything. It’s the time we spent together, not how we left it.” – Randolph Parker III

    • Cathy Parker

      Thanks for your kind words. Tim was definitely the hoodie guy! It didn’t matter what clothes I bought him, he always reverted to his hoodies. He was always comfortable in them.

      Tim always gave his “honest opinion” even if it wasn’t always appropriate. We loved him for it as well as his humorous response to every news story and life event. We miss him terribly!

      Keep well,
      Cath Parker


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