Gordon and Peggy Parmenter spent a lot of their lives fostering younger individuals in want, along with elevating 4 kids of their very own.
That got here to an finish Sunday morning when Gordon, 78, was fatally shot within the Church of Christ, the place he served as an elder. A 25-year-old man was arrested after being detained on the scene by parishioners.
Matrix Savage Gathergood has been charged with first diploma homicide, aggravated assault and disguise with the intent to commit an indictable offence. He has been remanded by the court docket.
On the time of the assault, Parmenter was filling as preacher for the church, which has not had a pastor for a number of years.
Cole Wintringham lived as a foster youngster with the Parmenters for 4 years till he aged out of the system in 2017.
“With out him I by no means would have made it to Grade 12. I used to be concern stricken on the considered attending courses,” he wrote on social media. “Nevertheless, I used to be in a position to reintegrate into the varsity system in Grade 11. I’m now in my third time period of faculty. I’d not be there have been it not for Gord.”
“I’ll miss you without end Gordo, you had been among the best males I ever knew.”
The Parmenters volunteered as an emergency placement household for at-risk kids and fostered many kids over time.
Salmon Arm Mayor Alan Harrison, a former highschool principal, knew most of the kids the Parmenters fostered.
“Gordon was a church elder and really properly considered locally and really well-known in our metropolis,” he mentioned. “We’re shifting from an preliminary response of disbelief to considered one of sorrow, disappointment and loss. The neighborhood is in shock.”
The Metropolis has lowered its flags to half mast in Parmenter’s honour, whereas the Church of Christ stays behind police tape.
“In a neighborhood like ours expressions of grief are intimate, one to 1, and there’s a lot of that occurring proper now,” he mentioned. “What has given individuals some feeling of security is that it was a focused occasion. Gordon was in his place of worship, but it surely wasn’t church-related.”
A fundraising marketing campaign for the Parmenter household was established final month after an arson assault on their residence.
“Within the early morning hours of March 14th Gord and Peggy Parmenter misplaced their residence to a suspicious fireplace narrowly escaping with solely the garments on their backs and their two kids,” reads the unique GoFundMe web page. “The cash raised right here will go in the direction of serving to them begin over, pay for meals and clothes in addition to every other in between prices that will come up.”
The web page was retitled on the weekend to the Parmenter Memorial Fund, with all funds to go to Peggy.
“We misplaced a husband, a father (of assorted manifestations grand, nice grand, foster, and father to some who’re fatherless), our good friend, our mentor and our patriarch,” the brand new textual content reads. “He made a strong influence on all who knew him and in the event you knew him you realize of his love and his affection fuelled by his religion in Jesus Christ.”