Richard “Riverman” Parsons of Three Rivers died Wednesday, Nov. 12, 2014. He was 64.
Born in Cleveland, Ohio, on February 8, 1950, to Dorothy Oschea and Merrill Parsons, Ric had lived in Three Rivers for just over a year. Even though his time here was short, he considered his house on the river “home” and enjoyed being close to family and part of this community.
Ric will be remembered as a protective, stubborn, bossy, and innovative brother. He was a goofy and fun uncle and a fierce lover.
To his friends he was a loyal, practical, and smart man who you were lucky to have met. We will remember him with every glass of red wine, every cigarette, and every winning Keno game.
We will remember his sense of humor and the way anything could be made into a spur of the moment rap song.
We will remember his love for the Lakers and his new white teeth.
We will remember his Christmas gifts of savings bonds, glider rides, and photos of himself.
We will remember his cross-country road trip, the pride at only once paying over $100 for a hotel room, and the satisfaction he got at crossing it off his bucket list.
We will remember his nicknames.
We will remember him on the sidelines of his nieces’ sports games, yelling encouragement or questioning the ref as to the rules of the game.
We will remember his magnet project, his water meters, and his attempt at a trendy new haircut.
We will remember him when the river surges and then dries to a trickle. He will be with us in the roaring rapids, the mossy depths, and the cool, calm pools. He is impossible to forget.
The Riverman is remembered and loved by his two sisters, Nancy Morgan and Susan Sherwood, both of Three Rivers; many cousins, nieces and nephews, grand-nieces and nephews; lovers; and friends.
A family service will be scheduled for sometime in the future.