Parmenter, Gordon Ray

March 1, 1941 – April 14, 2019
at the age of 78 years

A time of remembering Papa will be held on Saturday, April 27, 2019, 4:00 p.m., SASCU Recreation Centre Auditorium, Salmon Arm, BC.
A live stream of the event will be available and a link will be posted on the Fischer’s Funeral webpage at 

Our gracious, most precious, most wonderful Father, received Papa home April 14th in Salmon Arm, British Columbia, as he met with his brothers and sisters in Christ.  Papa now joins his sweet sister Milly Kenyon, his precious daughter Judith Nichols, his parents Raymond and Grace and a host of saints.
Gordon Ray Parmenter was born in Torrance California, to Raymond and Grace Parmenter. He lived in many places over the years, including Prescott Arizona where he was raised, and Helena Montana where he and his dad ran their own logging operation before joining the Navy in 1959. After leaving the Navy Gordon wore many hats including salesman, book keeper, and manager for Coca Cola. Gordon was also a volunteer firefighter, truck driver, logger, pilot, scuba diver, wood worker, hunter, rock hound, hog farmer, chicken farmer and cabinet maker. Gordon is probably best known for his many years of parenting foster children starting in 1979 and continuing to the end in 2019 – 40 years!
In 1965 Gordon married the love of his life, Peggy Ann Tinnin. Their marriage of 53 years produced four children; Judith Rae (Rick), David Royal (Michelle), Suzan Lynne (Dane), and Anthony Raymond (Melissa). Papa is survived by his wife, three children, nineteen grandchildren, eight great-grandchildren and many foster children.
The Parmenter family would like to thank the body of Christ from all over the world who have reached out, prayed for the family and the community and provided love and encouragement in many ways. We are humbled by the generosity of all those who donated meals, finances, and time. We thank our local community for their love and support, and honor for Papa. Thank you to our emergency services: RCMP, Fire Department, Paramedics, Police Based Victims Services and the many other support services for the hard work, concern, and support for our family and the Church of Christ on April 14.
A time of remembering Papa will be held on Saturday April 27 at 4pm in the SASCU Recreation Centre auditorium. A live stream of the event will be available and a link will be posted on the Fischer’s Funeral webpage at 


  1. Laurie and I have been blessed by your example of Christ like service. Until we meet again my brother. With love and respect from two of the many who saw the love of Jesus in your life. Ray & Laurie

  2. Rest in Peace Mr Parmenter. Blessings to your family .

  3. I can only rejoice for Gordon who stepped from praising God straight into seeing Him face to face, yet I sorrow for my sweet family who now wait for the reunion when we will join with Gordon in the sweetest praise, face to face!

  4. Gordon you are one of God’s Generals. You have a legacy of honour. I salute you and Peggy. God bless your family and the church you led through Christ. I will meet you again.

  5. Thinking of all of you with prayers and love

  6. My prayers and tears are with the family and the church in Salmon Arm. Although decades have passed since I last worshiped with the church there, I continue to carry you in my heart and my daily prayers. God bless you all.

  7. The little Congregation of the Church of Christ that meets in Willits, California, sends their prayers and love to the Parmenter and Bengard Families. We hope to be all together in the Holy City someday! peace in Christ….

  8. Your family has all my prayers and love. Thanks so much for help through out my life. God Bless.

  9. Such a sweet remembrance message of a life well lived.
    May God richly bless all who knew him best and were blessed to have him involved in your lives.

  10. God has used His created beings to communicate with mankind conveying messages of —- His love, His covenant with man, and Warnings of Rebellion against God; and God utilized these created beings in the forms of ; Patriarchs, Angels, Judges, Prophets, Law Givers, His One and Only Son, Apostles, Preachers, Elders, and Gordon Parmenter. Gordon has been to me a friend closer and more faithful than a brother. I have one regret and that is that I allowed time and distance to separate us from communicating. Even so, we are of one heart. Gordon’s spirit is imprinted in his children and in his fellow brothers and sisters in Christ. In the blink of an eye we will be united with Gordon to stand before the Lord. For right now, memories — precious memories.
    floods our thoughts of our times with Gordon.

  11. Our condolences to the Parmenter family. You are in our thoughts and prayers and we trust the Lord is giving you His special grace, strength and comfort as you take this unexpected journey through grief.

    Though we do not know you personally, we are a part of the David and Michelle’s church family and will continue praying for you and the family.

  12. I would like to extend my very deepest sympathies to the entire Parmenter family. Gord and Peggy were not in my life for very long, but during that time they expressed their love, care and compassion to my Grandson while they were involved in his life. Gord, you were an amazing man and you lived your life helping others, and for that I am truly thankful. Thank you so much Gord for all that you did, and I know that you were greeted at Heaven’s gates with open arms.

  13. Gordon you are one of God’s Generals. Thanks for the Celebration of Life. Thanks for the VIEW FROM HEAVEN speech and message of Jesus. Gordon your life has blessed many. Surely you have fulfilled the scripture. Greater is Jesus that is in you than the devil that is in the world. I salute you and honour you Gordon Parmenter from Australia.

  14. We as Foxridge Family are thinking of you all.

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