Brian Parker 1937 – 2010
We regret to announce the death of Brian Parker on 1st March 2010 aged 72.
Born in London, Brian was son of a Tanner and so, after National Service in the Navy; he also entered the Leather trade.
He married Margot in 1962 and moved to Hampshire. They had 3 sons, Stephen, a Teacher; Christopher, a Soldier; and Nicholas, a Banker who later followed him in to the now family business, Kentcare.
The Family Business
In 1964 he moved from the Tannery in to the Landscaping Industry. He established himself at various management positions and when the opportunity arose in 1978. He set up Kentcare with Margot. He quickly established himself in British Association of Landscape Industries and Institute of Horticulture and helped to establish the Association of Professional Landscapers.
By 1996 his son Nick joined the company and two years later joined the Board of Directors. Kentcare won National awards for their work and evolved through good times and bad to thrive and grow. By 1999 Brian was working part time adding his great experience to the service Kentcare continued to provide. He retired formally in 2005 but still kept a keen informal interest in sites and staff until very recently.
Away from the workplace..
A fierce defender of small local businesses he was often used as a sounding board by others to offer advice on future ventures, supporting and endorsing his local Business Link officers
He was a great supporter and fundraiser of local causes, including the The Rocky Appeal for Portsmouth Hospitals, The Rowans Hospice and CAFOD.
In his youth he played Rugby playing for the Navy during his National Service and for Sidcup in London. A regular attendee of International and representative rugby matches and he enjoyed all of the social benefits that accompanied them. A supporter and season ticket holder of Portsmouth Football Club for more than 30 years and a supporter and member of Hampshire Cricket Club, he enjoyed most sports and had affection for local history.
Brian was a volunteer consultant for the Roman Catholic Diocese of Portsmouth and the Royal Hampshire Regimental Museum, Winchester. Recently he enjoyed discussions with local school pupils about his personal Wartime memories as a child.
He was a significant member and national officer in the Catenian Association and also a former member of Havant Lions.
Any messages or requests for further information should be forwarded to Nick Parker