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Susan Parks Massey
December 28, 1958 - December 30, 2022

Susan Parks Massey

Susan Parks Massey
Dec 28, 1958 - Dec 30, 2022

Susan Parks Massey
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EAST BRUNSWICK - SUSAN PARKS MASSEY passed away on Friday, December 30, 2022, at her residence, surrounded by her loving husband. She was 64 years old.

Born to Robert and Rita (née Murphy) Parks in Staten Island, NY, she resided in Staten Island before settling in East Brunswick.

She was a reinsurance analyst for Guy Carpenter and Company in New York, NY for 36 years.

Susan was the epitome of an introvert and was often perceived as aloof and reserved but that was the furthest thing from the truth. She was warm and caring and, once you were part of her life, she was absolutely loyal to you.

She was predeceased by her father, Robert, in July 2004

Surviving are her husband of 30 years, George; her mother, Rita Parks of Staten Island, NY; her sister, Sandra Bender of Easton, PA; her brother, Robert Parks of Staten Island; her twin siblings, Thomas Parks of Staten Island and Mary Vancanegham of East Stroudsburg, PA; her sister, Lara Parks of Staten Island; her aunt, Lorraine (née Parks) Anderson of Staten Island, and many nephews and extended family and friends.

A memorial service will be held on Saturday, January 14, 2023, from 1:00 pm to 3:00 pm, at The BRUNSWICK MEMORIAL HOME, with services beginning at 1:30 pm. For directions, please visit our "Services" page.

Floral tributes should be arranged for delivery to BRUNSWICK MEMORIAL HOME, for the day of the service. Alternatively, contributions can be made to St. Jude Children's Research Hospital, via their website at www.stjude.org, in honor Susan's memory.

 
 

George Massey on Jan 17, 2023

Yes, I am Susan’s husband. Hard to believe, I know. I’ve been seriously punching above my weight for the past 33 years.

As we gather today to remember Susan, I would like us to be thankful for the privilege of knowing her, not sad that she is gone. We are here to celebrate her life and pay tribute to her.

Susan had a wicked sense of humor and she would want us to laugh away the tears and cling to the memories of the good times.

Above all else, she was a massive Anglophile, which was a stroke of luck for me, as I wouldn’t have stood a chance if she hadn’t been. It was my USP.

The number one question I get asked about our relationship is, how did you meet? Let me take you back to the very beginning, because it’s sort of funny.

I had known Susan for a few years before I actually met her. We spoke regularly on the phone; she would answer the phone to find it was “London Calling to the faraway towns.” On the phone she was aloof and always completely professional, little did I know, of the Sparks to come.

When I travelled to New York after spending a year in Seattle on a work assignment, Susan along with two co-workers offered to pick me up at Newark airport and introduce me to New York City.

When I got off the plane and walked into the crowd at the arrival gate, I looked around for two females and a male grouped together but there was no such group waiting, so I just kept walking heading for the baggage claim. Suddenly, I heard three voices calling my name, I turned around to see three flustered people running towards me. They had split up at the gate and were each standing in different areas to fool me. That was the first time I set eyes on Susan.

That day in July 1989 and in the weeks following, the true Susan revealed herself, you might say it was mutual love at first sight albeit tempered with trepidation and hesitancy. By September she had moved in at my invitation and has stood by side ever since.

Over the years it has crossed my mind, maybe just maybe, I had been an unwitting victim of some cunning Human Trafficking scheme concocted by Susan, was I really a mail order groom?

The problem is that she thought on that day in 1989 her British prince had come, when in reality she had bagged herself an East London street urchin and I had found my princess.

Her style, her poise, her elegance, her grace, her nonjudgmental approach, she ticked all the boxes for me.
Susan had various passions and eclectic tastes, especially when it came to her main passion, music. From the early British punk scene to classical and opera and lots more in between, some of which we will get to hear.

She loved the finer things in life but that doesn’t mean she was high maintenance, in fact, quite the opposite is true. She saw beauty and found joy in the simplest things. For Susan it was all about attention to detail, which was reflected in all aspects of her life.

Her joy was my joy and now that joy is lost to me, I will need to work hard to replace it while honoring the memory of Susan.

She was many things to many people over the years but at the core of Susan was a good person with a huge and caring heart, a pure heart or as our Welsh family would say Calon Lan.

I honestly believe an Angel has walked among us, we just didn’t realize it until it was too late.

As each of us speaking here today expose the various facets of Susan and as we piece them together a sparkling diamond emerges. I will hold that diamond in my heart for the rest of my days.

Avril Oropeza on Jan 16, 2023

Dear Susan's family from the bottom of my heart I hug you and send all best wishes for you to face this hard moment.
Susan was such a great colleague always available and fun.
We will definitely miss her.
Rest in peace.
Love Avril Oropeza
avril.oropeza@guycarp.com

Anna Rojo on Jan 14, 2023

Dear Susan,

To my sweet friend and former colleague,
I will never forget the memories of the times we shared stories about each other and our families so many years ago way back when we were seat mates across each other in the same cubicle we shared facing by the window back at the World Trade Center. You were such a kind, sweet and gentle soul who went out the extra mile to listen, to help and did her work so willingly and diligently.

Even when we were in the Hoboken office, we would share stories for few minutes when we would take little breaks in between work.

You are in my prayers and will miss you my dear friend and colleague. My you rest in peace.

Julie Loh on Jan 13, 2023

Dear Susan

You are my e-pal from a distance.

On an attempt of sending season's greetings and well wishes on 3rd Jan 23, I had been on a look out to resume our space. I wondered your silence. I frequently check in as this never happened. I’m saddened with shock.

You are a great confidant and never fail to lend me an empathetic listening ear. I always feel very comforted and encouraged by your words. You are a caring and wonderful colleague now friend.

Almighty ever loving God, please bless Susan as she returns to your loving arm. Give comfort to George, family members and all loved ones during such difficult times.

Susan, you will be dearly missed. You will always be on my mind and I deeply cherish our fond memories.

Rest in peace, my dear friend.

Adios

Julie Loh on Jan 13, 2023

CandleDear Susan

You are my e-pal from a distance.

On an attempt of sending season's greetings and well wishes on 3rd Jan 23, I had been on a look out to resume our space. I wondered your silence. I frequently check in as this never happened. I’m saddened with shock.
You are a great confidant and never fail to lend me an empathetic listening ear. I always feel very comforted, lightened and encouraged by your words. You are a caring and wonderful colleague now friend.

Almighty ever loving God, please bless Susan as she returns to your loving arm. Give comfort to George, family members and all loved ones during such difficult times.

Susan, you will be dearly missed. You will always be on my mind and I deeply cherish our fond memories.

Rest in peace, my dear friend.

Adios

Michael Kulbacki on Jan 13, 2023

Kevin Van Datta on Jan 10, 2023

Broken Hearts are shared: Thank you to the family of Robert and Rita that raised a special friend and associate. My first trip from Seattle to the big NY city Susan freely shared her life with her soulmate George and their favorite places including their cute Manhattan apartment. Susan was my first stop in the Hoboken office to catch-up on things that really mattered. My wife Roxy and I were able to share happy memories with Zoom technology and Susan in September. We are both grateful for the timing of that Zoom visit but most of all happy that we knew and were a part of Susan’s life journey.

Elizabeth Musto on Jan 9, 2023

My sweet friend my heart is so broken. We were so opposite and yet so much alike that’s what made us best friends. I can’t believe that I will never see you again but the memories we have of going to the Macy’s flower show , Broadway Plays, trying all different ethnic foods and taking the bus to get to work . And 9/11 . God bless you Susan and fly with the angels.

Memorial Visitation

Jan
14
Saturday
Brunswick Memorial Home
454 Cranbury Road
East Brunswick, New Jersey 08816
1:00 PM - 3:00 PM


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