Dr. Winfield L. Parsons IV, 62, died in his Montclair home Thursday, Sept. 13, 2018, after a long battle with cancer.
Dr. Parsons enjoyed a lengthy tenure at Montclair State University as an esteemed Associate Professor, spanning 40 years. He served in a myriad of leadership roles beyond the classroom at MSU, including student and academic advisement, and department committees. He extended himself tirelessly to his students both in and out of the classroom. He cherished these relationships; maintaining friendships with many after graduation and beyond. As a young academic, Dr. Parsons earned his Ph.D. at Texas A & M University (Gig ’em Aggies), and remained a loyal alumnus, championing their football team and academic programs throughout his life.
Dr. Parsons was an exemplary leader in Montclair’s Boy Scout community encouraging and mentoring many kids to better themselves to attain the rank of Eagle Scout. He enjoyed all things cars, motorcycles and boats, the outdoors, reading, book clubs and appreciated a good glass of wine or whiskey, but mostly his family and friends. A true Renaissance man, Dr. Parsons traveled extensively to places near and far, with the Jersey Shore holding a special place in his heart. He loved science, knowledge and learning. He pursued his curiosity constantly. He knew something about everything, engaging in conversation without pretense, lovingly referred to as “Win’s Fun Facts.” He was a European car enthusiast, yet preserved his dirt biking aptitude in keeping with his Pennsylvania roots.
A familiar face around town, Dr. Parsons established Parsons Cabinetry in 1988, bringing an exquisite aesthetic into countless homes, businesses and public spaces for over 30 years, a legacy his family will continue with pride and expertise.
He is survived by his wife, Tracy Parsons, his two sons, W. Scott Parsons and Daniel Parsons, his brother and business partner Stephen Parsons, as well as two sisters, Rebecca and Barbara, and many extended family members and dear family friends. He will be forever cherished as a loving husband, father, friend and mentor.
A wake for Dr. Parsons will be celebrated from 1 to 5 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 16 at Caggiano Memorial Home, 62 Grove St., Montclair. Services will be held at Grace Presbyterian Church, 153 Grove St. Montclair at 11 a.m. Monday, Sept.17.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Winfield Parsons BSA Memorial Fund through GoFundMe at gofundme.com/winfield-parsons-bsa-memorial-fund. Proceeds will benefit Montclair Boy Scout Troops 8, 12, and 13.