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John Parker

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Date published: 10/23/2010

John Parker

John J. Parker, 73, of Stafford County, passed away Oct. 15, 2010.

He is survived by his three sons, John Jay Jr. (and Terri), Mark (and Susan), and Brian; eight grandchildren; 12 nieces and nephews; brother Fred of Bloomingdale, N.Y., Martha Morris of Chatham, N.Y., and Carol Maulton of New Hampshire.

John was preceded in death by his parents Alfred and Gertrude Parker, his wife of 50 years, Carollyn; his daughter Leslie Maroney and granddaughter Jacquline Maroney.

John was born and raised in Pittsfield, Mass. He graduated from St. Joseph's High School in 1954. He enlisted in the Navy in October of that year. He retired in 1979 as a master chief.

His Naval training as computer programmer led him to Unisys where he worked for another 20 years. He retired again and went into private consulting in 2000 for four years.

Jack and family lived in Dale City for 23 years before moving to Stafford in 2000.

He was a member of the American Legion as well as a longtime volunteer at the Chester Pulver V.F.W. Post 1503 in Dale City, where he helped out in supporting their many community activities.

Jack very much enjoyed travel, casinos, playing chess, pinochle, poker at Carlos O'Kelly, lunch at Ruby Tuesday's and karaoke at King St. Blues.

He was also an avid Redskins fan and enjoyed an occasional martini as well as crabbing in Maryland.

Jack will be missed by his family and friends, but we all know he is now happy again to be with his wife, Carollyn, whom he missed terribly. Godspeed, Jack.

The family will receive friends on Sunday, Oct. 24, from 4 to 6 p.m. at Miller Funeral Home, 3200 Golansky Blvd., Woodbridge. A funeral will be held on Monday, Oct. 25, at 11:30 at Miller Funeral Home, with interment to follow in Quantico National Cemetery.