James Anthony Parkas, 73, of Centerville, died on November 6, 2018 surrounded by his loving family. Born in Cambridge, MA on April 9, 1945, “Jim” was the only son of George Parkas and Rose Lombardi Parkas. He was married to the love of his life, Kathy G. Parkas of Centerville, for 48 years. He had a notorious soft spot for Hungarians.
Jim graduated from St. Mary’s High School in Lynn where he charmed the nuns and girls alike, despite several punitive raps across the knuckles he suffered with the class ruler. Following high school, Jim briefly owned a gas station in Cambridge but soon transitioned to car sales. He quickly moved onto General Motors products, specializing in truck sales for nearly 50 years.
Jim was dedicated to his work and customers and was commended by General Motors with multiple regional performance awards for superior salesmanship. For Jim, it was all about relationships. He was a social butterfly, he loved people, and his customers always came first.
Jim worked hard and played hard. He had an adventurous spirit and vacationed across the country and Europe with his wife and children. He enjoyed cooking fine Italian cuisine, drinking perfectly mixed cosmos, reading Vince Flynn novels, watching spaghetti westerns, eating pasta, and spending time with his family and dogs. He was known to throw extravagant parties for practically any occasion. His family was very dear to him and he constantly reminded us that “family is everything.”
Jim was the proverbial character. He was passionate about life and those he shared it with. He will be terribly missed by family, friends, and customers.
In addition to his wife, James is survived by his daughter, Jennifer P. Ellis and her husband James R. Ellis of West Barnstable, his son, Lance Parkas of Centerville, his grandson, Michael Parkas of Foxboro, his sisters, Lynn Lind and Marion Welch of Foxboro, and his sister, Bobbi Holter of Melrose as well as many beloved nieces and nephews. James was also the father of the late Anthony James Parkas and brother of the late Franny Simmons.
Family and friends will honor and remember Jim’s life by gathering for calling hours at John Lawrence Funeral Home at 3778 Falmouth Road, Marstons Mills on Friday, November 9, 2018 from 4PM – 7PM. A funeral mass will be celebrated at 11:30AM on Saturday at Our Lady of Assumption at 76 Wianno Ave, Osterville. A private burial will follow at a later date.
In lieu of flowers, donations in his memory may be made to the Dana Farber Cancer Institute, Memorial Contributions, P.O. Box 849168, Boston, MA 02284-9168.