Kenneth Havelock Parlee, age 64

of Rockland

Kenneth Havelock Parlee, age 64

Kenneth Havelock Parlee, age 64, of Rockland, formerly of Pembroke and Braintree, died peacefully, Sunday, September 18, 2022, in the comfort of his home, surrounded by his loving family.

Kenneth was born in Weymouth, raised and educated in Braintree and was a graduate of Braintree High School, Class of 1976. He lived in Rockland for twenty-two years, previously in Pembroke and Braintree.

As he began his career, Kenny enjoyed working with his late father and brothers at the family gas station business, the former Parlee’s Service Center in Braintree. He later worked at Central Auto Radiator Sales as a manager of eighteen warehouses for many years. He also opened his own radiator business called, East Coast Radiator in Weymouth, which he operated for several years.

He then went on to work at Boston University, as a facilities manager for almost twenty years. He was a hardworking and dedicated employee who loved his time at BU. Kenny was a great role model and was well-liked and respected by peers and students.

As a young man, Kenny was an active member of the Quincy Point Congregational Church in Quincy.

He was an avid Boston sports fan and especially enjoyed the New England Patriots and Tom Brady.

Kenny loved being at home and spending time with his family. He was especially proud of his wife and children, supporting their many accomplishments.

Beloved husband for twenty-four years of Karen M. (Corliss) Parlee.

Devoted father of Samantha M. MacKenzie of Alaska, William H. Parlee, and Madison K. Parlee, both of Rockland.

Cherished son of Lucy A. (Swan) Parlee of Braintree and the late Wayne G. Parlee.

Dear brother of Wayne Parlee and his wife Diane of Pembroke, Richard Parlee and his wife Karen of Braintree, and Bonnie Murphy and her husband Sean of Pembroke.

Son-in-law of Margaret C. “Peggy” (Goodwin) Corliss of Rockland and the late William M. Corliss.

Brother-in-law of Thomas M. Corliss and Ann Marie Wall of Hanover, and Kathleen A. Dougherty and her husband David of Abington. Ken is also survived by many nieces, nephews, and their families.

Visiting hours will be held at the Sweeney Brothers Home for Funerals, 1 Independence Avenue, Quincy, on Thursday, September 22, from 4 – 7 p.m. Relatives and friends are invited to attend. Funeral Services will be conducted at the funeral home on Friday, September 23, at 10 a.m. Reverend Kimberly J. Murphy, Pastor of the Quincy Point Congregational Church, will officiate.

For those who wish, donations in Kenny’s memory may be made to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105.


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  • I was very saddened to hear about Kenny’s passing . He was a great colleague at BU , always helpful, sympathetic and supportive . Although I won’t be able to attend the services as I am out of the country I will be thinking of my colleague Kenny .

    May his soul Rest In Peace and May his family find some comfort knowing he is no longer suffering.

    Marco Goncalves

  • Ken was one of the kindest people to ever enter my life. He took the time to listen when you needed a friendly ear, wanted to help with whatever issue you might be facing, and made time for you even when it wasn’t convenient for him. Karen, Samantha, William, and Madison you were all the most important thing to him and he spoke of you all the time. May memories of happy times with Ken provide some small comfort as you celebrate his life. I will always treasure my memories of Ken and the countless conversations we had over the years. My deepest condolences. – Paul

  • My heart is so sad to hear that Kenny has passed. I will always cherish our time at QPCC and the many many years we played ball and Softball together. His memory will always be a blessing to me. Maureen and I hold you all in our prayers

  • I’m so sorry to hear of Ken’s passing. Ken was one of the most caring and helpful people that I have worked with in my 27 years at Boston University. He always went out of his way to help students, staff and colleagues. When Ken would talk he would share stories about his family as they grew up in MA and OOB, including how very proud he was of them.
    May your memories of the times together help bring you some comfort during this difficult time. My condolences, Pauline.

  • I am so incredibly lucky to have spent a great deal of time with Ken over the years at Boston University. He was such a kind, FUNNY and helpful colleague. He would help in any way he could, even when he didn’t have to. He was quick to share a joke and he spoke so often about his family and how much he loved them and how proud he was of his children. I am so extremely sorry for your loss. His BU family is going to miss him so much, so I can only imagine how difficult this will be for those closest to Ken. May you find comfort in your memories and know you were absolutely cherished.

  • Karen and Family
    I am so sorry for your loss of your dear husband. You are in my thoughts and prayers. God bless.

  • Karen,Sam,Billy, and Madie,
    I am heartbroken to hear of your loss. Ken was truly one of a kind. They don’t make them like that anymore. Yes he was a dedicated member of the BU community, but you all were his greatest joy. He literally lit up when talking about his family. May you find comfort in knowing how deeply he loved you and how lucky he felt every day knowing he was coming home to you. Rest In Peace Pal💕
    Wendy(Rich Boots)

  • I was so sorry to hear of Kenny’s passing. I can’t believe he is gone so soon.
    My prayers are with his family at this sad time.

  • I was shocked to learn this news – and I am so very sorry for your loss, as well as the loss to your family and friends.

    It was a distinct pleasure and honor working with Ken at BU for several years – he was a great colleague with that “Whatever it takes!” mindset, always willing/wanting to go the extra mile to help BU students and staff. I also enjoyed having the chance to work with and support Billy during his time at Lasell.

    Having recently moved to Arizona, I am sorry to say that I am unable to attend services. That said, please know that my thoughts and prayers are with all of you during this difficult time. I hope you are able to find comfort in the many wonderful memories each of you hold.

    Peace –
    Woodrow Freese

  • My sincere condolences to the Parlee family on the loss of Ken. He was a warm and kind colleague whose attentiveness, care, and laconic humor made a real difference to the environment of the Yawkey building when I worked there. May his memory be a blessing.

  • I was shocked and saddened to hear of Ken’s passing and can only echo what everyone else has said here. He was an absolute rock during 100 Bay State Rds growing pains and I can’t imagine the building without him. Funny, gracious, kind, dedicated to his family – the universe is smaller without him in it. My condolences to his friends and family in this sad time.

  • I am so sorry for your loss. Ken was incredibly competent and dedicated and supportive of all of us at 100 Bay State here at BU. I appreciated his playful side and his relaxed nature just as I valued all the overnight hours he put in our building during snowstorms. He cared about his work, and it showed. And he cared for those around him. One day he stood outside my classroom and just listened for a while to me teaching (he told me all this later), and then said how much he would like to take my class. I appreciated his warmth and generous spirit, and I will miss him. His death is a huge loss to all of you who loved him. Thank you for sharing him with us.

  • We are so sorry to hear of Ken’s passing. It has been many years since we have seen Ken and we have never met his family, but please know we will keep you in our thoughts and prayers. My husband is a member of QPCC and played softball with the crew back in the day. That is what I will remember the laughs the guys and the good times. Peace and comfort to you all. He will be missed!!!!!

  • Sending my deepest condolences to the Parlee family. Please know that 100 Bay State Road will miss the sight of Ken strolling the hallways and keeping our workplace running. His warmth and dry wit were uniquely him; even during the stress of the pandemic, he found ways to make us laugh. Ken was a force, and he will be missed.

  • My sympathies to Ken’s family. Ken was a true professional. I cannot count the number of times he patiently and cheerfully helped me with building issues at 100 Bay State Road. Rest in peace, Ken.

  • My first day back to work at BU after being remote during the pandemic, I was anxious and emotional. I walked into my building and was enthusiastically greeted by Ken, just as I had been most mornings before. Then things felt all right again. He was so happy people were returning, and chatting and joking with him again instantly made me feel at ease, supported, and appreciative of our community. Whenever I had problems, he’d go out of his way to do extra work and personally follow up to make sure everything was okay. I admired how much he truly cared about people and his work, and running into him around the building always brightened my day. I will deeply miss his humor, kindness, conversation, and warm presence.

  • I’m very sad to hear the news about Ken and send my sincere condolences to his family during this difficult time. We worked together at BU, Ken was so kind and always willing to offer a helping hand whenever needed. He will be dearly missed and thank you for sharing him with the BU community.

  • I’m not alone in saying that Kenny’s passing has saddened all of us @ BU Facilities.
    He was one of the first area managers that I got to know when I began working for BU 10 years ago. Kenny was always willing to help when asked and always volunteered to help when he saw a need and led a great team on upper Bay State Rd.
    There’s not much that can be said to console a family with such a sudden loss; just know that Kenny was the Mayor of Bay State Rd and will be sorely missed by all who came to know him!
    Deepest sympathies – Matt R

  • I’m so sorry to hear about Ken’s passing. We worked together at B.U. In the facilities department . We had a great friendship and shared a lot of laughs.
    My sincere condolences.

  • I want to send my deepest condolences to Ken’s family–I am absolutely devastated to hear of his passing and can’t imagine the depth of your loss. I worked in 100 Bay State Road for six years and Ken made every single one of my days there better. His sense of humor was unmatched and he could make me laugh even on my most difficult days. He was dedicated to his job, his friends, and most importantly his family–he would always tell me what his children were up to and would absolutely light up. He was also an incredible listener and genuinely interested and invested in the lives that he touched. Ken was simply one of a kind and the world is a better place for his having been here. I will miss him forever and I’m sending all my love, thoughts, and prayers to his family.

  • I am shocked and saddened to hear of Ken’s passing. Working with Ken at BU was truly a pleasure.
    When he spoke about his family, I could feel his love for his family. Even though I left BU many years ago, Ken was one of the wonderful memories I had of BU. He truly was an exceptional man.
    My deepest condolences for your loss. Mary

  • You will always be fondly remembered by the entire staff of the Honors College. Rest in peace my friend.

  • Condolences on behalf of the whole BU Writing Program faculty and staff. So many people who work at 100 Bay State Road are missing Ken. We will remember his dedication and his charm. Wishing peace and comfort to Ken’s family and friends.

  • Deepest sympathy for Ken’s family, friends, and colleagues. I had the privilege to work with Ken for over a decade at BU. I loved Ken’s can-do attitude. He was always a positive thinker and problem solver when it came to moving the University forward through its sustainability efforts. A true ally and friend. I will miss him very much.

  • I was very sad to learn of Kenny’s passing. He was an incredibly kind and caring person. It was always a pleasure to see him when he came into the office at BU.

    My sincere condolences to his family.

  • Please accept my deepest condolences on Ken’s passing. We have all lost a wonderful human being. Ken has been a rock at BU for many, many years. I always looked forward to seeing my “bud” – he made time for everyone. He cherished and so loved his family. He cared for his colleagues as friends, and we are all better for having him in our lives. -Lisa Tornatore

  • My thoughts and prayers are with Ken’s family.
    I’m deeply sorry for your loss.
    Jim Walsh

  • So sorry to hear
    In my thoughts and prayers

  • Kenny was an amazing person. He helped everyone whenever they needed it. He was truly one of the best and will be deeply missed.
    My deepest condolences to his family.