Martha Madi­son (Belle)

ABC Soaps In Depth - - In Memoriam -

“I adored Peggy. She was funny, witty and a su­perb ac­tress and scene part­ner. She leaves a bright le­gacy.”

Born in Penn­syl­va­nia and raised in up­state New York, Parker broke into show­biz in 1963 play­ing Paddy Kelly, the founder of Kelly’s Diner on GH. When not mak­ing ap­pear­ances on se­ries rang­ing from HO­GAN’S HE­ROES to WON­DER WOMAN, he made his DAYS de­but in 1977 as a car sales­man. Six years later, he re­turned to the soap as Dr. Patrick Hen­nesy.

How­ever, it was his role of Ir­ish fish­er­man Shawn, beloved hus­band, fa­ther of six and ei­ther grand­fa­ther or great grand­fa­ther to nearly ev­ery­one in Salem, for which the no­to­ri­ously press-shy per­former will be best re­mem­bered. Shawn first ap­peared at Ro­man and Mar­lena’s 1983 wed­ding and, in his fi­nal scenes, per­ished dur­ing a sab­o­taged flight home from Ire­land af­ter giv­ing up his oxy­gen mask to Bo in 2008.

In real life, Parker had been mar­ried to Nola Don­nell Ra­j­cok, with whom he had three daugh­ters, Can­dace (who died in 1999) and twins Danielle and Lind­say. He’d gone on to wed Mary Jean Dun­ning Garafalo in 2005, and they’d been re­sid­ing in Va­cav­ille, CA, when he passed away Septem­ber 16 from com­pli­ca­tions of Parkin­son’s dis­ease and de­men­tia.

— Kelli M. Lar­son

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