I’m sad to report that Steven H. Parker, one of the brightest, most passionate intellects on the {grow} community passed away unexpectedly July 13.  I just learned of this news today.

I grew to love Steven’s humor and intelligent dissent in the comment section and we became friends.  We had planned to meet for the first time in New York City next month. His lasting gift to our community was the guest post he wrote to provide me with some vacation relief a few weeks ago:  Are you part of the Cult of Failure?  I think he would like me to tell all of you that he loved this blog community and he really, really hated Klout.

A very sad day.  Steven you will be so missed.

NORTH ANDOVER — Mr. Steven H. Parker, a North Andover resident, and formerly of Melrose, died suddenly on Wednesday morning, July 13, 2011, at home, at the age of 58.

Steven was born in Melrose on March 11, 1953, one of two children of the late Almon “Red” Parker and Dorothy (Hosmer) Parker. Raised in Melrose, Steve graduated from Melrose High School in 1971, and the University of Maine — Orono in 1975. He owned and operated Parker Communications, a public relations and marketing company for the technology sector. Steve was a former Alderman for the City of Melrose and was Editor of the Melrose Free Press for many years.

From a young age, Steve loved music. He played in bands starting in junior high school and loved rock music as well as country western. He also loved genealogy, photography, writing, and reading novels by Kurt Vonnegut, Jr. and Robert B. Parker. During the summer, Steve enjoyed going to the family cottage at Lake Shore Park in Gilford, N.H. Above all else, he was a family man who always considered his family #1.

Steve was the beloved husband of Dr. Lisa A. Bailyn, with whom he shared 12 years of marriage. Cherished son of the late Dorothy H. and Almon “Red” Parker. Devoted father of Bethany D. Niloff and her husband Matt of Billerica, Meredith L. “Meri” Belanger and her husband Bob of Sharon, Emily J. Parker of Andover and her fiance Matthew Hall, and Linnea B. Parker of North Andover. Loving brother of Pamela J. Penney and her husband Jensen of Gilford, N.H. Cherished grandfather of Trevor and Dexter Niloff and David and Danielle Belanger. Dear son-in-law of Inez P. and Robert J. Bailyn of Lake Worth, Fla. Brother-in-law of Ronald E. Bailyn, MD of Cape Elizabeth, Maine, and Peter A. Bailyn of Wilmington, Del. Also survived by Darlene (Cheney) Bowen of North Andover.

In lieu of flowers, gifts in Steve’s memory may be made to the Steven H. Parker Scholarship Fund — Melrose High School, P.O. Box 760695, Melrose, MA 02176.

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