Ernest C. Parrish CALAIS — Ernest C. Parrish, 44, of Adamant Road, passed away on Aug. 2, 2019, at Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston, after a brief illness. He was surrounded by family during his final minutes and months. Born Dec. 12, 1974, in Bethesda, Maryland, he was a curious and creative child with many talents. He loved the water and growing up on the ocean. As a child, he could be found in the woods behind his house, playing hockey on the creek with his friends, or boating in the harbor of Manchester-by-the-Sea, Massachusetts, the town he was raised in. He loved to spend time in the dingy his uncle gave him adventuring to beaches and coastal islands. Family was important to him, even at a young age, and he had many wonderful holidays with his mother, aunt, uncles and cousins. Ernie went on to attend Manchester High School and then High Mowing School in Wilton, New Hampshire. At High Mowing, he developed a passion for learning and a love for nature and the arts. He carried these passions with him to Goddard College, where he continued to pursue these interests, with a particular emphasis on sustainable agriculture and forestry. After college, Ernie was a horse logger and carpenter, eventually forming his own company, Green Line Builders. Ernie’s greatest passion was his family. He was a dedicated and devoted father and husband. He met his wife, Lisa, in October 2000 and they spent time sharing a love for skiing/snowboarding, the outdoors, Ira Glass on This American Life and the Boston Celtics. Ernie enjoyed taking walks in the woods and spending time making mountain bike trails with his children Ethan and Isabel. Ethan and Ernie spent countless hours raising animals, and planning for upcoming permaculture and farming adventures. Ernie’s love of art and math were instilled in his daughter, Isabel, and they spent hours exploring these areas together. Calais and the surrounding communities benefited from Ernie’s wholehearted love of the historic architecture of Vermont. His construction projects included renovations of the 19th century Plainfield Town Hall Opera House, the Calais Town Hall and restoration of a portion of the Old West Church steeple, as well as numerous historic residential remodels. He was an engaged member of the Calais Historic Preservation Commission, the Calais Design Advisory Board, the Old West Church Building Committee and served as vice president of the Robinson Sawmill at Kent’s Corner. He was a meticulous craftsman and very knowledgeable in sustainable design. Ernie made a generous and tangible contribution to the Town of Calais. Ernie leaves his wife, Lisa McCarthy; and children Ethan and Isabel Parrish; his aunt, Carlaine Ober, of Kensington, California; cousins Molly Ober and family, of Lake Tahoe, California, Melissa Ober and family, of Albany, California, and Jenn Richards and family, of Lowell, Massachusetts; sister Jennifer Parrish, of Lake Worth, Florida; mother-in-law Karen Gramer and partner Thomas Ward, of East Montpelier; father-in-law Alan McCarthy and partner Mary LeBrecque, of Isle LaMotte; sister-in-law Kelly McCarthy and family, of Seattle, Washington; brother-in-law Michael McCarthy and family, of Torrance, California; close friend Jackie Harman, of North Montpelier; and many other relatives with whom he held special relationships. Ernie was predeceased by his mother, Dorothy Parrish; father Ernest Parrish; uncles Ronald Ober and Charles Richards; and beloved grandmother, Dorothy Richards. A celebration of life will be held on Sunday, Sept. 8, at noon at the Old West Church in Calais. A potluck style reception will follow at the Maple Corner Community Center. An additional family memorial will be held at Kirkwood Mountain, California, in February 2020, to celebrate Ernie’s love of snowboarding. In lieu of flowers, donations in Ernie’s memory can be made to the restoration of the Robinson Sawmill at Kent’s Corner, Calais. Checks can be made to The Robinson Sawmill, P.O. Box 94, Calais, VT 05648 or online at www.robinsonsawmill.org.

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