The Rev. Thomas Parke, 72, the spiritual leader of the Bethesda Episcopal Church on Washington Street for 44 years, died Monday after a battle with cancer.
“The Saratoga community, Bethesda Church and the Diocese of Albany have lost a faithful priest and a wonderful man,” said the Rev. Marshall Vang, who has been serving as the church’s rector since Parke’s retirement eight weeks ago. He was also friends with Parke for many years.