AGE: 60 HILLSBOROUGH
Hillsborough High School teacher and long time coach Paul Parker, died Wednesday night, Dec. 8, 2010, from a heart attack. He was 60. Coach Parker, a 37 year history as a teacher in the Hillsborough school system, with the last 24 years as a teacher at Hillsborough High School coached Boys Basketball from 1976-1997, Girls Soccer 1985-1996, Girls Basketball 1998-2008, Baseball Pitching coach 1996-1998 and Boys golf 1999-2010. The teams he coached won 3 Conference Championships, 1 Sectional Championship, 3 State Championships, 8 Season Championships, 3 Tournament Championships, 3 County Championships, and more. He was also the longtime announcer for the Hillsborough football games. Parker was inducted to the Montclair State University Hall of Fame for his baseball pitching. He was offered to sign with the Cincinnati Reds in 1968 and the San Francisco Giants in 1972. He turned them down to be a teacher. Golf was his love, his passion, once qualifying and playing on the U.S. Senior Open. Paul was born in Rahway NJ on Aug. 2, 1950, grew up in Watchung, graduated Watchung Hills Regional High School in 1968 and Montclair State College in 1972 with a bachelor's degree in education.
He is survived by his brother, Wally and Wally's wife Debbie; nephew, Robert; and nieces, Jessica, Jacquelynn and Julieyanna. Also his former wife of 15 years, Barbara Parker and her daughters, Stacey, Jill, Amanda and Kathryn.
A funeral service will be at 11 a.m. Tuesday, Dec. 14 in the Hillsborough Funeral Home, 796 Route 206, Hillsborough, NJ 08844. Cremation will be private. Visiting will be Monday, Dec. 13 from 2-4 & 6-9 in the funeral home. In lieu of flowers, the Hillsborough Education Association will accept donations to a scholarship in Paul's name. Donations may be sent to HEA, 417 Route 206, Suite 204, Hillsborough, NJ 08844. Please put Paul Parker Memorial in the memo line.
Published in Courier News from Dec. 10 to Dec. 11, 2010