Gregory Parmentier 66, of Falmouth, died peacefully at the Falmouth Hospital on December 28 of early-onset Alzheimer’s.
He was born in Hartford in 1951 and raised in Glastonbury and Southbury Connecticut. Upon graduating from Southbury High School, he moved to Cape Cod, which he enjoyed fully for the next dozen years. After living on the Cape, Greg spent much of his life traveling around the United States, living for a number of years in St. Croix, US Virgin Islands, followed by 15 years in Colorado, South Dakota and Wyoming. However, throughout his travels, Cape Cod was always held deeply in his heart. In 2015 Greg returned to the Cape to spend his remaining days in the place he considered home.
Greg was known by all for his big heart and generosity. Whenever there was a family member or friend in need, Greg would be there to help, even if it was half a continent away. He had become quite skilled at home remodeling (including cabin building) and would load up his van and trailer and hit the road whenever anyone asked. He didn't just remodel, he often let his artistic side shine with one-of-a-kind custom touches added to many of his projects.
His was a free spirit and adventurous soul. Throughout his entire life, he embraced new experiences with great enthusiasm - whether it was backpacking and camping among grizzlies and wolves in Yellowstone National Park, exploring every nook and cranny of the Outer Cape’s shoreline, nature walks and freshwater ponds, or learning to scuba dive in the Caribbean. He also loved photography and was a talented musician. Even when he was no longer able to play his guitar, he attended local open mic nights to sing and tell stories, explaining to the audience before he began that he suffered from dementia, so the stories might be a bit jumbled.
He is survived by his sisters, Laurie Parmentier of Litchfield CT and Nancy Parmentier of Falmouth MA; his brother, Jeffrey Parmentier and his wife Debby of Sebec ME; his step-father Frank Bevilacqua of West Simsbury CT; cousins Vicki and Duane Braunagel of Longmont CO who "adopted" him as a brother. Uncle "Climb On" Greg will be fondly remembered for his willingness to get on the floor and play, and the endless enjoyment he provided to his nephews Liam Dwyer, Shiloh Nelson and Alexei Jaroslow; and his nieces Erin (Dwyer) Enquist and Destiny Nelson.
Greg is predeceased by his brother Kenneth Parmentier, 1983; his father Lawrence Parmentier last March; his brother-in-law Gary Jaroslow last May. Tragically, Greg was followed in death by his mother, Marjorie Bevilacqua, who passed away two days after him.
A celebration of Greg’s life will be scheduled at a later date.