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Patrick (Pat) Laird Parker, age 67, passed away peacefully at home after a long illness on Sunday, December 4, 2022, in Duluth, GA.
Patrick is survived by his wife, Tracy Sample; and his older brother Michael Parker of Wilmington, NC. He is predeceased by his parents.
Patrick was born at Naval Station Great Lakes, Illinois, on August 8, 1955, to USMC Gunnery Sergeant Thomas Parker from Council Bluffs, IA, and Rosemarie Ellen Carley Parker of New York City. The young family moved south and lived in Wilmington, NC., while the father was stationed at Camp Lejeune.
Patrick attended Catholic School in primary and middle grades in NC., Michigan, and New York. In high school, he excelled at theater and was a member of Troop 3098 of the International Thespian Society located at New Hanover High School. He graduated on Friday, June 8, 1973.
After high school, Patrick moved to Atlanta and became the drummer for many local bands, including The Instants, Haywire, Interrogator, and most notably The Tombstones. His later years were marked with enthusiastic drum solos in his attic for his beloved dog Tuesday.
Patrick also performed in local theatre to the delight of many audiences and fellow cast members, which ultimately led to small roles in indie films and TV productions such as In the Heat of the Night. He joined the Screen Actors Guild, obtained a talent agent, and was once cast as Harvey Keitel’s stand-in; clearly one of his favorite accomplishments.
When Patrick wasn’t performing, he was a carpenter who had worked on many homes throughout Atlanta that underwent extensive renovations. His hands were strong and confident. His final place of employment, Staging Techniques of Atlanta, allowed Patrick to combine his love for entertainment with his gifts as a craftsman.
Patrick was a voracious reader and passionate armchair historian. The staff at Georgia Cancer Center for Excellence located at Grady Hospital absolutely adored Patrick and would always ask him about the book in his possession. It could be pure joy listening to him expound on his current reading material.
Patrick will be deeply missed by his friends, family, and all that knew him. Per his wishes, his remains were cremated and his ashes to be scattered among the waves of coastal North Carolina and Georgia. In lieu of a traditional memorial service, a virtual ceremony will be held to celebrate his life.