Mark Scott Dickinson Parise passed away on Sept. 21, 2021 at the age of 58 at Unity Hospital. He is survived by his wife of 36 years, Helen Parise, who together owned Parise’s Auto & Towing in Batavia, N.Y., for 35 years after taking over from Helen’s parents. He is also survived by his so Joseph, owner of Lickity Splits Ice Cream in Batavia, and daughter Elaina, third generation operator of Parise’s Towing. He also leaves behind mother-in-law, Joan Parise and the late Ralph Parise of Batavia, in-laws of Jeff and Mary Joan (Parise) Martin, John Parise, Paul Parise, and Doug and Kathleen (Parise) Boje.
Mark was originally from Alexander and was a part of the Alexander class of 1981. Immediately after graduation, he started at Parise’s Towing and was responsible for servicing the AAA towing of Genesee County. In October of 1997, Mark signed the contract with the New York State Thruway, where he spent 17 years helping clear the highway of wrecks and disabled vehicles for a 32-mile stretch from Le Roy to Pembroke.
Mark was a very generous and giving person and was best known for his volunteer work at the St. Joes Lawn Fete. When he wasn’t volunteering or at his repair shop, he enjoyed helping his son, Joe at his ice cream shop. He loved to serve the customers their ice cream. Mark also cherished restoring and building his tow trucks with his daughter, Elaina. Together, they created world-renowned tow trucks that landed them the cover of Tow Times Magazine. He was very proud of his standout purple and teal tow truck fleet that he and his daughter painted. Mark enjoyed hunting, fishing and snowmobiling with his family and friends.
A Funeral Service will be held in memory of Mark on Oct. 2, 2021 at Resurrection Parish, 303 E Main St,, Batavia, NY 14020 at 11 a.m. and a reception to follow at 1 p.m. at the Beachhead Veterans Club, 3188 Broadway Rd. Alexander, NY 14005.
Memorials may be made to Maryknoll Fathers and Brothers, PO Box 302, Maryknoll, NY 10545-9913. For more information, call 585-343-8260 or to leave a message of condolence, please visit www.gilmartinfuneralhome.com. Arrangements completed by Gilmartin Funeral Home & Cremation Company, Inc., 329-333 West Main Street, Batavia, NY 14020.