OBITUARY: John “Parker” Prindle, Jr., 80

Below is an obituary from Nichols Funeral Home:

WILMINGTON, MA — John “Parker” Prindle, Jr., age 80, of Boston, passed away after a long illness on September 17, 2021.

Born in Wilmington, Massachusetts, Parker was the son of the late John Parker and Florence (Cheney) Prindle. After graduating from Wilmington High School in 1958, he attended Harvard College and graduated with a BA in history in 1962. Parker remained devoted to his alma mater throughout his life, serving on numerous alumni and fundraising committees and creating the Prindle Family Undergraduate Scholarship Fund to support ongoing tuition assistance for Harvard students in need.

Following graduation, Parker served in the United States Navy July 21, 1963, to May 9, 1969. He attained the rank of Ensign and was stationed in San Francisco and Asia. He fondly remembered his years of service and loved regaling family with tales of camaraderie, adventure, and frequent carousing (once, notably, with Janis Joplin) during his Navy days.

Parker spent his entire career in the Boston banking industry and was first-hand witness to many iterations, mergers, and institutional name changes over his 40+ years: Bank of Boston, BayBank, BankBoston, Fleet, Bank of America, and finally U.S. Trust. In his work as portfolio manager, Parker demonstrated a steady hand, a knack for independent research, and a contrarian bent—his favorite axiom was “when they’re yelling, I’m selling; when they’re crying, I’m buying.”

Parker deeply loved history and he deeply loved art. Those twin passions—combined with his business acumen and appreciation of the undervalued asset—informed a lifetime of curiosity and rigorous collecting in a wide range of media and styles. His collecting interests evolved markedly over time: from Italian art glass to mid-century ceramics to art deco metalware to contemporary prints and beyond. Parker had an extraordinarily discerning eye, and he approached his collecting as exciting opportunities: opportunities to learn something new, opportunities to discover “hidden treasures,” and opportunities to share his collection with the larger world. He developed enduring relationships with gallery owners and dealers worldwide and he was a dedicated, before-dawn regular at the Brimfield Antique Flea Market for decades. In later years, he reveled in the new era of online auctions and marketplaces. Parker was a longtime contributor to the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston and to the Harvard Art Museums, and a variety of the objects he donated are on view in their galleries and found in their collections.

Parker was an avid bicyclist and a lover of warm summer days, stacks of newspapers, good steaks and lemon desserts, sci-fi and classic movies, and bringing rare, unusual (and occasionally undrinkable) liquors to family holiday gatherings.

He is survived by his loving family Susan, Carl, Beth, and Carson Prindle, all of Boston.

Memorial donations in Parker’s name may be made to the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston.

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