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Dean R. Parsons

December 5, 2023

Dean Parsons Obituary

Visiting hours at the Alfred D. Thomas Funeral Home 326 Granite Ave Milton Sunday 2:00 to 5:00 pm.  Funeral Mass at St. Elizabeth’s Church, Milton Monday morning at 10:00.  Burial Milton Cemetery.  In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in his memory to St. Jude Children’s Hospital at       

Dean R. Parsons, a cherished family man and dedicated member of his community, passed away peacefully on December 5, 2023, at South Shore Hospital in Weymouth. Born in Somerville, Dean's life was a testament to the enduring spirit of love, humor, and faith that he carried with him throughout his years.

Dean's journey began in Dorchester, where he was raised and later graduated from English High School. His pursuit of knowledge led him to attend Suffolk University, setting a foundation for a successful career. For 50 years, Dean served as a Purchasing Agent for the Boston Herald, a role he performed with unwavering commitment until his retirement in 2016. His colleagues remember him as a man of integrity, wit, and a natural ability to brighten any room he entered.

Beyond his professional life, Dean was a devoted spouse, father, and grandfather. He shared 49 years of love and laughter with his beloved wife, Karen E. Parsons (Fahey). Together, they raised their children, Kerry E. Pontonio of Newton and Matthew R. Parsons of Abington, instilling in them the values of compassion and humor. His grandchildren, Dominic and Anthony Pontonio, will forever cherish the memories of their grandfather's funny stories and time spent with them. 

Dean's love extended to his siblings, David Parsons of Plymouth, Richard Parsons of Wells, ME., and he fondly remembered his late brother Don Parsons and sister Caroline Cassidy. His role as a brother was filled with shared experiences and an unbreakable bond that remains a comfort to his family.

An avid Boston sports fan, Dean's passion for the game was unmatched. He proudly held the title of a 50-year New England Patriots season ticket holder, celebrating each victory with the same enthusiasm as his first game. His competitive spirit shone brightly as he played for The Hawks, a Men's Softball Team in Dorchester, where he was not only a teammate but a beloved friend for many years.

Those who knew Dean would describe him as funny, kind, and loving. His humor brought joy to every gathering. Dean's legacy is one of laughter, and love for his family and friends.

As we say goodbye to Dean, we hold tight to the memories that illuminate his life's story.  His presence will be deeply missed. Dean's life is a beautiful reminder that the love we share and the joy we bring to others are the true measures of a life well-lived.

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