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Roy A. Parker

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BENNINGTON -- Mr. Roy A. Parker, 76, a resident of Beech Street Bennington, died Sunday Feb. 1, 2004 at his residence following a long illness.

He was born in Highworth, England July 10, 1927. He was the son of the late Arthur Parker and the former Gladys Smith. He received his education in North Bennington.

A World War II veteran, Mr. Parker served in the United States Navy. He received several medals, including the World War II Victory Medal, the American Area Medal, Asiatic Pacific Medal, China Service Ribbon, Good Conduct Medal and the Navy Occupation Ribbon.

He married the former Caroline Ahearn in Bennington on Feb. 11, 1950.

For 16 years Mr. Parker was employed at the Watervliet Arsenal where he received an award from Lt. Col. George S. Quick, chief of the Watervliet Arsenal Operations for his outstanding work in making tools, jigs and dies, used in the manufacture of the 155mm self propelled gun, the famed “Long Tom.” He later worked at the Bijur Corp. for many years from which he retired.

He was a member of the American Legion Post 13.

Survivors include his wife Caroline A. Parker of Bennington; a daughter and son-in-law, Carol A. and Ron Harper of Bennington; a son and daughter-in-law, James A. and Joanne Parker of Boxboro, Mass.; a grandson, Andrew Parker of Boxboro; a sister, Joy Bischoff of North Bennington; several nieces, nephews and cousins.

The funeral will be held from the Mahar and Son Funeral Home Thursday at 10:30 a.m. with the Rev. Michael J. Morneault officiating.

The burial with military honors will take place in the family lot in Park Lawn Cemetery in the spring.

Friends may call at the Mahar and Son Funeral Home Wednesday from 5 to 8 p.m. when the family will be in attendance.

Contributions in memory of Mr. Parker may be made to Hospice Care of Bennington Home Health through the office of the Mahar and Son Funeral Home 628 Main St. Bennington, VT 05201.
Published in Bennington Banner from Feb. 3 to Feb. 4, 2004
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