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Andrew J. Parker, Jr.

Andrew J. Parker, Jr.

Friday, October 11th, 1940 - Friday, October 18th, 2019
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Andrew J. Parker Jr.  passed away peacefully on October 18, 2019.  Andy was born on Oct. 11, 1940 in East Chicago, Indiana, the only child of the late Andrew Sr. and Kathleen (nee Zentmyre) Parker.   In 1956 he moved to South Bend IN where he graduated from Riley HS in 1958.  He is survived by his wife Donna, whom he married on August 17, 1963 in South Bend, Indiana.

  Upon graduation from Purdue University in 1963, he began his career as a teacher for Penn High School in Mishawaka, IN.   He started as an industrial arts teacher and in 1972 was named as the Industrial Arts Teacher of the Year for Indiana.   Soon after he moved into an administration role with the school corporation.  He was also the founder and creator of the Building Trades Program at PHM, whereby the school trains students in industrial arts by building and selling a house throughout the course of each school year.  He was a member of the Michiana Home Builders Association for over 20 years  and in 1984/85 was also the president.  In 1987 he became Associate Principal at Penn HS – a post he served in until his retirement in 2000.

  Above all else, he loved his family and in addition to his wife, he is survived by three children: James (Tamra) of Manlius NY, Suzanne (George) Gause of St. Paul, MN, and Bryan (Stephanie) of Austin, Tx.  And also survived by 8 grandchildren:  Max, Jordan and Jakob of Manlius, Quinn and Ethan of St. Paul, and Connor, Brandon, and Kyle of Austin.

Andy had a heart of gold and was a kind and gentle giant.  He would always stop to help anyone in need, and had a special place in his heart for his beloved hound, Roscoe. 
A graveside service will be held at Noon on Saturday, October 26 at Manlius Village Cemetery, Military Dr., Manlius.

Memorial donations in Andy’s name can be made to Central New York Humane Society at http://www.humanecny.org
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  • Service

    Saturday, October 26th, 2019 | 12:00pm
    When
    Saturday, October 26th, 2019 12:00pm
    Location
    Manlius Village Cemetery
    Address
    Address Not Available

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Joanne Kelly

Posted at 04:14pm
I worked at Penn High School as a school counselor when Andy was an assistant principal. I remember him as a gentle giant: imposing in stature but always respectful and kind in his interactions with students. I offer his family my sincere condolences.

Joanne Kelly
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Marty Hudkins

Posted at 08:57pm
Andy was a good friend. All the years that I knew him ,he was a a great co-worker and a trusted person. Andy's greatest trait was his word. He would help anyone. So long my friend.

Marty Hudkins
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Att

Posted at 09:36pm
Donna, I am so sorry to read of Andy’s death. My prayers are with you and your family. I think of you often.
 
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Att Posted at 09:37pm

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Dennis Contat

Posted at 03:03pm
Mr. Parker (I could never call him Andy) taught me electric shop for one year and then trade electric for two more at Penn. He saw potential in me that I didn't see in myself. He always had special projects for me to do beyond the normal classroom work. He was instrumental in getting me to consider going on to college and pursuing an engineering career. I went back to visit him at Penn every year for many years, even after he was an administrator and I had graduated. He was truly a great teacher and mentor to his students.
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