Dominic Douglas (Dom) Parker
Toronto, d. 16.September.2013, murdered.

Dave and Dominic (photo by Trevor Hughes)Dom and
        Johnny (photo by Nick Kovats)

PARKER, Dominic Douglas (Dom) - 45 years young and a fiercely proud "Beacher", Dom lived the dream until September 16, 2013 when he was taken from us far too suddenly. In a lifetime filled with adventure, he was a 48th Highlander, bicycle courier, film worker and a firefighter with the Markham Fire Department. Dominic also had a love of fishing, hunting and piloting his Zodiac in and around Toronto harbour and at "The Farm". His infectious smile and way with words warmed the hearts of all he came into contact with. Dominic will be forever cherished by his high school sweetheart and wife of 23 years, Zilla, his beautiful daughters Ryla and Brenna, mother Anella Parker- Martin, brothers Simon Parker, Adrian (Gus) Martin and the legions of friends he gathered during his lifetime. A funeral service celebrating Dominic's life will take place on Friday, September 20, 2013 at 4 p.m. (Public seating at 3:15 p.m.) at The Bridge, 5440 16th Ave., Markham, Ontario. Reception to follow at Balmy Beach Club at 6:30 p.m. In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to The Nature Conservancy of Canada or Earthroots. Arrangements in the care of SHERRIN FUNERAL HOME, Toronto, 416-698-2861. Online guestbook at: "The Lord hates a coward" - Dominic Parker

Markham firefighter dies after unprovoked stabbing

Family struggling to deal with unprovoked attack on Dominic Parker, a former member of the military reserves.

By: Jane Gerster

Toronto Star, September 16, 2013

Dominic Parker was kind, funny and a “real Toronto guy.”

When the 45-year-old Markham firefighter called his family to say goodnight on Friday, it was the last time.

Only hours later, police say, Parker was stabbed in the head without provocation while sitting in a Middle Eastern restaurant near Coxwell and Danforth Aves. His wife and two daughters were in Montreal, said family friend and now designated spokesperson, Jay Michaels. They were busy moving into the girls’ new residence at Concordia University for their first year.

But instead of starting university life, Michaels said, the girls came home, staying by their father’s side all weekend. Parker never regained consciousness before dying on Monday.
Nabil Huruy, 23, of Toronto, appeared in court Sunday facing charges of attempted murder, carrying a dangerous weapon and two counts of carrying a concealed weapon. Those charges have since been upgraded to first-degree murder. A second court appearance is still being scheduled.

The tight-knit family is struggling to deal with what happened and doesn’t want to speak, Michaels said, adding that Parker lived for his wife and daughters. Michaels met the family more than a decade ago when they moved into the Beach neighbourhood. His kids became friends with Parker’s girls.

“We became friends through them,” Michaels said. “He was, I think, the best.”

Parker made a habit of enjoying the city, he said, cycling all around the city and boating around the harbour.
“His favourite quote was, ‘I’m living the dream,’” Michaels said. “He was probably the most full-of-life person I’ve ever met, just an infectious energy and zest for life. He loved to travel, loved to fish, loved to hunt.”

Parker became a firefighter four years ago, after first working as a bike courier and serving with the 48th Highlanders, a reserve unit of the Canadian military in Toronto.

Walter Brinston, president of the Markham Professional Firefighters Association, said the association wouldn’t be commenting, since the family has asked that all communications go through Michaels.
On Monday, the Highlanders’ Facebook page was filled with condolences, memories and tributes to Parker from comrades “gutted” by the news.

“It was like yesterday,” wrote Ying Louie. “I still remember the day we ran in the bush and there was (Parker) … green bandana on his head looking like a navy seal. Sorry, and will miss him. Dominic if your (sic) listening know I won’t forget you.”

“The world is a much poorer place with your passing,” wrote Ed Blakely