By William Arnott
Local legend Don Parsons passed away suddenly in his Greensborough home on April 22.
Mr Parsons was a pillar in the Melbourne community and received a special Lord Mayor’s Commendation in 2015 for his involvement in retail in the city for more than 50 years. He was on the commendations advisory committee for 20 years.
He became the centre manage of the Block Arcade in 1993 and was the president of the Collins Street Precinct.
Community was very important for Mr Parsons, who was never afraid to put in the hard yards to solve a problem. He chaired the Police and Community Consultative Committee (PCCC) for over two decades.
His work helped to bring out the very best in people, especially his involvement with the Father’s Day Council. Mr Parsons chaired the organisation that supports and recognises positive male role models.
He was also a member of the Coalition of Residents and Business Associations and was a supporter of the Royal Children’s Hospital foundation
Cr Jackie Watts knew Mr Parsons and said he was always remarkably energetic and supportive of the community.
“He brought out the very best in people.” Cr Watts said. “He managed to generate good will in people through his organisations.”
Kevin Chamberlin knew Mr Parsons for more than 30 years said his passing was a great loss for the City of Melbourne.
“He was always prepared to become a part of the solution,” Mr Chamberlin said. “He understood the city and knew how the retail core ticked.”