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Dr. John O “Jack” Parker

PARKER, Dr. John O “Jack” - Peacefully with his family by his side on Tuesday, February 3, 2015 at Kingston General Hospital at the age of 84. Beloved husband of Evelyn Parker (Clelland, Campbell). Predeceased by his first wife Enid Parker (Johnson) and his sister Rosemary Newman. Loving father of Susan, John (Andrea), Kathryn (Gilles), Andrew (Lisa) and step father of Jamie Campbell (Kathleen). Cherished Grandpa of Laura, Julia, Larissa, Jennifer, Caroline, Samantha, Jonathan, Ben, Sydney and Grace. Jack will also be sadly missed by his many friends and colleagues. John O Parker committed his entire professional life to Queen’s University and Kingston General Hospital, a relationship that spanned nearly 60 years. After completing his MD in 1954, he undertook initial training at Queens, with further training in New York, Paris, Milan and London. After returning to Kingston in 1961, he established a cardiovascular clinical care and research program that was widely recognized for excellence. He played a key role in the establishment of clinical services that are now routine, including cardiac catheterization, cardiac surgery and critical care units for patients with cardiac disease. His research program had a global reputation; he travelled extensively to present his findings and collaborate with other scientists. Concurrently, he trained multiple young physicians who were to become leaders in cardiovascular clinical care and research. In cardiovascular medicine John O Parker is a Canadian legend. The family will receive friends at the ROBERT J. REID & SONS, “The Chapel on the Corner”, 309 Johnson Street (at Barrie Street) on Friday from 2-4 and 7-9pm. Funeral service will be held in the chapel on Saturday, February 7, 2015 at 11am. Interment Cataraqui Cemetery. As expressions of sympathy, memorial donations to the University Hospitals Kingston Foundation - Cardiac Unit would be appreciated. “Sharing Memories online guestbook available at”12894578
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Jack was a collaborator in research and a friend
Posted by Fareed Kjhaja.MD Professor Uninversity of Michigan (Fellow in his Lab) On Wednesday, July 8, 2015
I offer my sincerest condolences to Jack's family and apologize to be late. I just found out about his passing. My two and a half years with Jack 1968-70 as a senior fellow were career boosting for me
reflections on JOP
Posted by paul armstrong (student,colleague, friend) On Tuesday, February 24, 2015
Jack Parker was a mountain of a man who had a profound and lasting influence on all those who worked with him. His passion, energy and creative spirit made a difference and I am a better man for having known him

Condolences to his family

Paul Armstrong

Posted by Aubrey groll (Colleague) On Sunday, February 15, 2015
Dear john and susan!

Express my sympathy on passing away of your dad. Jack was always very helpful to me when I first joined the faculty. He was a leader in his field and contributed greatly to the stature of the dapartment of medicine. you can be very proud of his achievements.

Aubrey groll,

To Susan
Posted by Janice Forsythe (Friend of Susan Parker) On Saturday, February 7, 2015
Know that I am thinking of you, Susan, at this difficult time.



My Mentor
Posted by Dr James Stone (Student) On Friday, February 6, 2015
Dr. Parker was one of my principal cardiology mentors. He was responsible for me choosing cardiology as my medical career. There is hardly a day that goes by that I do not remember some clinical pearl of his in cardiology practice or look at research results and try to interpret them with the same analytical mind and process that he applied. He was an exemplary clinician and an insightful researcher. My sincere sympathies and condolences to John Junior and the entire family. Thank you J.O.

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