Obituary of Dr. Jose Parcon
Dr. Jose P. Parcon, 85, of Carrollton, Illinois, passed away on Sunday evening, Jan. 28, 2018, at Boyd Memorial Hospital in Carrollton.
Born in Iloilo, the Philippines, on Nov. 19, 1932, he was the son of Raphael and Beatrice Parcon. He married Teresita Arnaez on Dec. 21, 1963, and she survives. Also surviving are his children: Shirley Parcon of Jersey City, NJ; Kenny (wife Alisa) Parcon of Mt. Vernon, NY; Jay Parcon of New York, NY; 5 grandchildren: Garrett and Trinity Joyce, and Keanu, Scarlet, and Amber Parcon; a brother: Roberto Parcon, and a sister, Gloria, of the Philippines. He was preceded in death by his parents, and siblings: Francisco, Pablo, Mamerto, Rafael Jr., Ignacio, Romeo, Berchman and Hector.
Everyone knew him as Doc or Jose. He and his family moved to Carrollton in July 1974. He has been a valued part of our community ever since. Educated in the Philippines, Doc graduated from the University of the Philippines Medical School in 1960 and made his way to the East Coast, starting his residency at New York’s Mount Sinai Hospital, then having a rotation at Mount Sinai Hospital in Connecticut. He served as a Resident in Surgery at St. Mary’s Hospital in Waterbury, Connecticut, till 1964, then was a Surgical Resident in Cancer Services at Western Massachusetts Hospital. Upon completing his residency, he and his wife Teresita (he called her Inday, a Filipino term for “darling”) moved back to the Philippines to finish his services for medical school and lived there for two years until moving back to the United States.
He was always told by many friends and old medical school classmates that the Midwest is a safe place to raise a family. So, he started his journey in 1970 in Iola, Wisconsin. In 1973, the hospital administrator at Boyd Memorial Hospital called him to say that Dr. Arthur Wilson was retiring and giving up his practice. He packed up the family (by then he had three children) and moved to Carrollton, Illinois. The rest is history. He was living the dream of being a small town doctor, something he found completely gratifying.
If he was not working at the Medical Center or Boyd Hospital, he was gardening at the family home on the outskirts of town. He enjoyed being outdoors immensely, planting trees, doing his landscaping and creating an outdoor oasis on his plot of land. He was also an animal lover. The family always had beagles and stray cats at home. Many times, Ken would arrive home with a pet and Doc took it in as if it were his own. One iguana named Reggie lived for 15 years, but Doc still took care of it. He was always involved in the community, serving on the board of the Greene County Health Department and was former President of the Association of Filipino Physician’s Association of Southern Illinois, Carrollton Tennis League and St. John’s Catholic Church. He and his family sat in the same pews (left side in front) till the kids grew up, and attended mass every week until his death.
Visitation will be from 4-8 P.M. on Monday, Feb. 5, 2018, at St. John’s Catholic Church in Carrollton. A prayer service will be held at 3:45 that afternoon. Funeral Mass will be celebrated on Tuesday, Feb. 6, 2018, at 10 A.M. at the church. Memorial donations in Doc's name may be made to: Boyd Memorial Hospital, Greene County Health Department or St. John’s School.
We are so deeply touched to hear all the kind words and funny stories about Doc. Keep those memories in mind as they are what keeps him alive with us in spirit.
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