Greig H. Parks of St. Mary’s City passed away peacefully in his home, attended by family on November 10th 2021. A kind, well loved member of the community, he had a prolonged battle with kidney disease and eventual COVID-19.
Born on June 29, 1946 in New Bedford, MA, Greig was the only son of the late Edgar L. Parks and M. Elsie McIntosh Parks. Greig grew up in Oyster Bay, New York where his lifelong passion for sailing was born. As a highschool student gymnast Greig once climbed an eighteen foot rope in five seconds flat, a feat for which his teammates affectionately gave him the nickname “Zippy the Spider Monkey.” His athletic abilities also earned him a spot in the United States Merchant Marines Academy, Kings Point, graduating in 1968 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Engineering.
In 1974, Greig left the Merchant Marines and opened a custom plastics manufacturing company in Hollywood, MD with his father. Over the ensuing decades, Greig built Sailing Specialties Inc (SSI) into one of the leading thermoformed plastics companies in the marine industry, providing custom products to many production boatbuilders. SSi employed thousands of Southern Marylanders throughout the years. Greig personally mentored many of them in various phases of the manufacturing and design processes that made SSi into a successful, expanding company. While SSi is still operating in the county, Greig sold his interest in the business in 2017.
An avid sailor, Greig grew up with an affinity for the water. He helped his father build a 40′ boat, and later applied that experience into building his own 46 foot Morgan sailboat. In 2006 Greig bought his final boat, the Dolphin 46’ “Restless”. Over the course of the past 20 years, Greig sailed his boat to or from the Bahamas almost every year for family vacations, ultimately settling on Spanish Wells, North Eleuthera as a “port away from home”. He made friends everywhere he went, often by his willingness to help others with his vast and inspiring multi-disciplinary skill set. Greig was seldom idle and was always actively doing some type of project on his home, boat, or landscaping.The penultimate “home handyman” and a lifelong learner, there was no project he could not manage or problem he couldn’t solve. His main endeavor was usually working on Restless, where so many great family memories were formed over the years. He enjoyed keeping the boat ready for his next adventure. A cool, competent captain, whether on the Saint Mary’s River or the wide open Atlantic Ocean, Greig was happiest while sailing and felt at most at home on the water.
Greig married Patricia Lucas in 1986, they have celebrated 35 years of marriage. Together they had two children, both are now adults, Cory Lane Parks of Fort Collins, CO and Haylie Erin Parks of Lexington Park, MD. He was a dedicated husband and father, and found great pleasure in both roles. He was truly a caring, patient, and selfless man, and will be missed and remembered by his family as well as friends and neighbors.
Memorial contributions may be made to American Kidney Fund, Institute for Justice, and/or Ocean Conservancy.
Condolences to the family may me made at www.brinsfieldfuneral.com.
Arrangements by the Brinsfield Funeral Home, P.A., Leonardtown.