Theodore D. Parsons, Jr.
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AGE: 77 • Atlantic Highlands
Theodore Dwight Parsons, Jr.,"Sweet Pea" died on December 21, 2013 (the Winter Solstice, his favorite day of the year) at his home in Atlantic Highlands. The cause was cancer. Ted was born in Long Branch and grew up in Little Silver at his family home, Sky High. He was the son of the late Theodore D. Parsons, former New Jersey Attorney General (1948 to 1954), and the late Margaret Morford Parsons. Ted attended Red Bank High School, Kent School, Princeton University and Dickinson School of Law. He was a member of the Dickinson Law Review. After graduating from law school in 1961, Ted served in the United States Army and then clerked for Associate Justice C. Thomas Schettino of the New Jersey Supreme Court from 1963 to 1964. For the rest of his life, he practiced law in Red Bank, NJ. He joined his father's law ?rm, Parsons, Canzona, Blair & Warren directly after clerking, then struck out on his own in 1971, forming his practice at Labreque, Parsons and Bassler. In 1994, the firm became Parsons, Cappiello and Nardelli, which became Parsons and Nardelli in 1998. Ted was a member of the American Bar Association and the New Jersey State Bar Association. In the New Jersey Bar Association he served as chairman of the Unauthorized Practice Committee from 1974 to 1975 and went on to serve on the Judicial Appointment Committee from 1981 to 1989. He was also a member of the Monmouth County Bar Association where he was a trustee from 1978 to 1983 and chairman of the Judicial Appointment Committee from 1980 to 1981. He served on the Board of Trustees for the CPC Behavioral Health Services for over thirty years and was its president from 1970 to 1972. Ted was a great sports enthusiast. At Princeton he played 150 pound football and lacrosse. He was an avid supporter of the Princeton lacrosse program (both men and women), the Monmouth University soccer teams, and Coach George Sourlis' Rumson Fair Haven Girls' Basketball team. On January 4, George and the girls paid special tribute to "Sweet Pea," the name that he preferred to be called. Sweet Pea himself never stopped playing sports. He enjoyed grass court tennis, paddle tennis, deep powder skiing, snowboarding, windsur?ng, boogie boarding and mountain biking. It's probably not an exaggeration to say he spent less time indoors than on the slopes of Vermont, on lakes in northern Ontario, on the trails of the Hartshorne Woods, and on the Navesink River and the beaches of Sandy Hook and Seabright. The Daily Register featured a story in 1982 on his six-week, 3,400 mile cross-country bicycle trip from Seattle to Rumson with his best friends Sam Boynton and Dick Cohen. Ted brought passion to everything - from his time with his family to his excitement about practicing law to his love of sports, poetry and music. We loved his laughter, his spirit and joy of life. One verse from a tribute that he wrote for a friend many years ago is equally about him.
His mere presence
re?ected a warm light
And transcendentally elevated our spirits
to sheer delight.
Ted is survived by his wife of 48 years, Joey Parsons; his brother, John M. Parsons, M.D. of Northhampton, MA; his sister, Pog Summers of New York, NY; his children, Theodore D. Parsons, III of San Rafael, CA; Abigail Parsons of New York, NY and Gillian Parsons of Telluride, CO; and ?ve grandchildren, Lucy Borden, Clara Borden, Theodore D. Parsons, IV, Harrison Parsons and Hunter Foreman.
A celebration of Ted's life will be held at the Sea Bright Beach Club on Thursday, May 29, 2014 from 5 PM to 7 PM.
Donations can be made to: Parker Family Health Center | Volunteers in Health, 211 Shrewsbury Ave, Red Bank, NJ 07701 www.parkerfamilyhealthcenter.org/. Thompson Memorial Home, Red Bank was entrusted with his care.
Thompson Memorial Home
310 Broad St. Red Bank, NJ 07701
Published in Asbury Park Press on Jan. 5, 2014