Parry’s eyesight began to fail in the 1920s, and by the end of the decade he became blind. Ill-health compelled him to lead a very quiet life. His wife’s death in December 1929 affected him deeply and he never quite got over her loss. He died on 19 July 1931, aged 76, and is buried beside Amelie in the churchyard of the parish church of Plumtree, Nottinghamshire.
His obituary, published in The Times on 3 August 1931, noted that Parry’s ‘geniality, generosity in every sense of the word, entire selflessness and uprightness made him many friends, and a certain dry humour which he kept to the end added to his charm. He bore the infirmities of his last years, slowly progressive blindness and great physical weakness, with unflinching fortitude.’