The 2018 Memorial Day Speaker is Patricia Parry, a Gold Star mother.  Her son,  Navy SEAL Chief Brian Robert Bill, was killed in action on Aug 6, 2011 in Afghanistan when the helicopter, call sign Extortion 17, he was riding in was shot down.  

Parry is a Stamford native.  She is the eldest of seven children of Betty Nagle and Tom Davis.  She graduated from SCHS and St. Vincent’s Hospital School of Nursing in NYC.  Pat lived in Massachusetts and worked at Boston City Hospital before returning to Connecticut in 1976 where she continued her nursing career working at St. Joseph Medical Center, then in private duty nursing, dialysis, and research.

Brian was the youngest of her three children from her marriage to Scott Bill.  In 1988, Pat married Dr. Michael Parry and two step sisters rounded out the family to five children.  Brian also had a plethora of uncles, aunts, and cousins who all loved hearing Brian’s stories.

Currently, Parry is a member of the Health Commission and anti-blight committee in Stamford; a Member of Veterans Park Partnership, Inc, working with the City of Stamford to renovate Veterans Park; a member LZ 4 Vets; and with her husband Michael is working to raise funds for scholarships in Brian’s name at Norwich University and Trinity Catholic High School.