A key employee for the Bristol Development Authority, 58-year-old Mike Parks, died of a heart attack last night.
Parks was a housing rehabilitation expert who looked after programs to help people fix up homes and businesses.
“Mike was a very dedicated, conscientious employee who was always looking to provide assistance and guidance to anybody under his purview,” Mayor Art Ward said.
Ward said that Parks was joking around and happy yesterday, but died of a heart attack about 1 a.m.
“For me, he was also a good friend,” Ward said.
Parks was married to the city’s tax collector, Mildred Parks.
On a personal note, I have to say that Mike was unfailingly helpful to me and a good man besides.
I recall one time when I had some story that didn't quite say what Mike thought it should. On reflection, I agreed with him and apologized for missing the mark. He told me I was allowed to get it wrong once and proceeded to continue being as decent as always.
My sympathies to Millie and his whole family.
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