Parker J. Stene
It is our profound sorrow to announce the sudden and unexpected passing of Parker J. Stene of Toronto, Ontario on February 04, 2023, aged 53 years.
Salesman, Leader, Entrepreneur. Treasured Son and Beloved Brother. Gone far too soon.
Parker was born April 03, 1969 to Henry and Delphine Stene. He grew up in small town Saskatchewan and graduated from High School in 1987. His real-life adventures began immediately by moving to Edmonton, mere days after finishing school. He started a long Sales career in cosmetics working across Canada and all over the world. He rose quickly with several firms, eventually landing at the coveted MAC on Bloor Street in Toronto. That set up his next move, which led to Co-Founding the cosmetics firm Veil Cosmetics more than a decade ago.
Parker was very social and had a love of gatherings, friends, food, music, art, and life. He was never afraid to celebrate that love of life. An evening out on the town, or dinner with friends was always on his mind, regardless of the time of day. Parker was loved and admired much more than he knew, and his family and friends will miss him dearly.
He was predeceased by his maternal and paternal grandparents; and his Father Henry in 2005. Parker leaves to mourn his mother Delphine; Two brothers, Murray (Myla) and their family, and Tyler (Charlene) and their family; His only sister Amber (Tyler) and their family, a large extended family numbering over 40 people. Aunts, Uncles, Cousins, their children and grandchildren, and finally, a long list of treasured friends and co-workers, and a few close confidantes.
A celebration of Parker’s life will be held at a later date.
Do Not Stand At My Grave And Weep – Mary Elizabeth Frye
Do not stand at my grave and weep
I am not there. I do not sleep.
I am a thousand winds that blow.
I am the diamond glints on snow.
I am the sunlight on ripened grain.
I am the gentle autumn rain.
When you awaken in the morning's hush
I am the swift uplifting rush
Of quiet birds in circled flight.
I am the soft stars that shine at night.
Do not stand at my grave and cry;
I am not there. I did not die.
Lisa & Steve Rosenberg
Murry & Myla, Presley and Sloan,
So sorry to hear about your brother/uncle. He sounds like an amazing person. What a beautiful obituary. I wish I had got to meet him. I’m so glad that Steve and Natalie got to meet in Toronto a few years ago. Our thoughts and prayers are with you during this sad time.
Sending much love to all of Parker’s family and friends. He was and will remain a very special part of my life and heart.
Auntie Delphine, Murray, Tyler and Amber- I am so so sorry for your loss. I have such wonderful memories of Parker from when we were children. He was one of my closest childhood playmates and could always be counted on to get up to mischief with me. He was dearly loved and will be missed.
The most sincere condolences to Parker’s family and friends. I first met Parker back around 1988 in Edmonton. I needed a place to stay and in his generous way opened his home to me. I remember every detail- we lived at Hillside Estates, I even remember one time his family visiting from Sask. i have many fond memories of us laughing, watching Beaches, when he bought his first CD player, “clubbing” with our friend Cordell et al…
Moreover I remember wherever Parker went he turned heads- he was the most beautiful man in the room (with the most beautiful smile) and everyone wanted to talk to him.
Fast forward- I would google his name often always wanting to reach out and say “thank you for helping me in my time of need… and I miss you…”
Feeling insecure because it had been so many years- I never contacted him. My heart sank with sadness and regret when I saw online he had passed. Parker, I want you to know you meant so much to me and I am certain one day I will be able to tell you face to face. Until then I will have those memories…
I am deeply saddened to hear of Parker’s passing. My most sincere condolences to the entire family, he was taken away to soon.
Karen (Repchinski )Perez
To the Stene Families- Deepest condolences to your families. I went to school and graduated with Parker in Prince Albert. Even back then, he so genuine and you knew he would be destined for something great. So reading about his accomplishments over the years was not a surprise. We lost touch for a few years and then reconnected briefly. His spirit remained the same even after all the years that passed. I’m grateful for the conversations we had as teenagers all those years ago.
Parker and I were close friends for over 30 years. I’m heartbroken and feel your loss.