William A. Parker, 72, school system engineer

April 27, 2004

William Andrew Parker, a retired stationary engineer for the Anne Arundel County school system, died of cancer Wednesday at North Arundel Hospital. The Severna Park resident was 72.

Born in Baltimore and raised on Bentalou Street, he was a 1950 Frederick Douglass High School graduate.

Mr. Parker retired two years ago after working at several schools, including Chesapeake High and Chesapeake Bay Middle, and Bodkin and Meade Heights elementaries. He had earlier worked for Baltimore's public schools.

He enjoyed woodworking, cooking, photography, bowling and making stained glass.

He was a Mason and a member of the Knights of Columbus.

A Mass of Christian burial will be offered at 10 a.m. today at St. John the Evangelist Roman Catholic Church, 607 Ritchie Highway in Severna Park, where he was a member.

Survivors include his wife of 38 years, the former Margaret L. Brown; six sons, Roderick Quick of Bowie, Norman Parker, Gordon Parker and Michael Parker, all of the Washington area, and William Parker and Aaron Hamlin, both serving overseas in the Army; three daughters, Sharon Bates of Orange, N.J., Chandra Parker of Severna Park and Jacqueline Carrington of Silver Spring; two brothers, Joseph Parker and Norman Parker, both of Baltimore; 11 grandchildren; and a great-grandson.

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