In spite of threats of closure, an unvaccinated restaurant owner refused to close his doors and died of Covid

In spite of threats of closure, an unvaccinated restaurant owner refused to close his doors and died of Covid

John Scott Parney Sr, who kept Quincy Diner running despite a health department order to close in December 2020, died a year later on December 14. 62.

Last year, Parney said he defied the closure order to assist pay for his wife Paula's colon cancer treatment.

He told MLive.com that his wife has stage four colon cancer.
‘We rely on this restaurant for billing and everything that. My staff require it. Of course, I would have lost business if I had stayed open longer.'

According to a GoFundMe page set up for Parney, the government's Paycheck Protection Program helped Quincy Diner survive the pandemic. Even if they had stayed open, the government's help only covered a "fraction" of their earnings

So Parney reopened his diner when the state was closed.

Parney got sick with the coronavirus in late September. His health deteriorated after he was released. The fundraiser said Parney became ‘incoherent'.

John had dangerously low stats and was promptly isolated and given oxygen. ‘No one could have predicted the next 43 days for our sister Paula and her family.'

Relatives say Parney, a Marine veteran and father of three, was not vaccinated.

In his last moments of consciousness, John told his family he was getting vaccinated because the struggle was harsher than any training he had received in the military, according to the GoFundMe.

Parney died in Battle Creek. Monday in Camden.

His sister Heidi Hodshire informed MLive.com that he works at the FireKeepers Casino and Hotel in Battle Creek.

‘He was a good man who loved the military,' she said.

Hodshire said Parney's wife is still battling colon cancer.

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