Richard Owen Parrott, 75, loved animals and photography

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WILMINGTON — Richard “Dick” Owen Parrott, 75, of Wilmington, died on Oct. 8, 2016, after a hard fight against multiple health issues.

He was born on Oct. 4, 1941, in Caro, Michigan.

He leaves behind his wife, Nancy Lancaster Parrott of Wilmington, and a sister in Michigan, Kathy Parrott Bennett. His multiple fur babies will also miss him.

Mr. Parrott came to Wilmington in the early 1970s to work for the Star News. He later became co-owner of Longleaf Photo. He joined the New Hanover County Sheriff’s Department as a special sworn deputy and then became a regular deputy. In the late 1980s, he joined Wrightsville Beach Police Department, retiring in the late 1990’s.

His passion was photography. His specialty was his knowledge of lighting, which showed in his bridal portraits, family portraits, pet portraits and his indoor/outdoor images. He loved watching his students “get it” with their own photography.

Mr. Parrott was a member and past President of Azalea Day Training Club. He helped many animal organizations with fundraisers. He loved his photography with Monte’s Home, Pawsitive Prison Partner Programs. He adored his monthly sessions photographing the cover model for Pawprints Magazine. He would always go to the back page of the magazine to see who found their “furever” home.

The family offers a special thank you to two of the greatest friends Dick could ever have had, Dave Temple and Larry Bray.

In lieu of flowers donations may be made to Monte’s Home, Pender County Humane Society, Carolina Collie Rescue, any Shetland Sheepdog rescue, or New Hanover Humane Society would be appreciated.

A celebration of life service will be held at 1 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 29, 2016 at Coble Ward-Smith Funeral Service, 3915 Oleander Drive, Wilmington, NC 28403.

Condolences to the family may be offered at www.coblewardsmithwilmington.com