Robert J. Parrish, 65, of Trenton, passed away suddenly at home on Wednesday April 10, 2013.
Born in Trenton, Bob, was a life long Trenton resident. Bob was a veteran of the United States Army, and attended the Trenton Police Academy.
Upon graduation from the Trenton Police Academy, Bob joined the Trenton Police Department on February 5, 1973 and was assigned to the Uniform Bureau "Safe Streets Unit". Officer Parrish had a distinguished career with the Trenton Police Department. During his later years with the department, he was assigned to the Canine Unit. His first canine partner was named Mac, a dog that he found on the streets while patrolling. Everyone told Bob that the dog was not trainable but Bob proved them wrong. Mac became a Certified Police Canine for the Trenton Police Department. Unfortunately, Mac was killed in the line of duty while protecting Bob, and it was Bob who was instrumental in changing the law in the State of New Jersey making the killing of a Canine Dog a felony. Mac was buried at the Pet Meadows Cemetery located on Klockner Rd. in Hamilton in a section created by Bob that is reserved for fallen police canines. This area is titled " for those who served". His other canine partners where Rex, Maverick, and Bullet. Bob was also on the Underwater Recovery Unit of the TPD. Officer Parrish retired from the Trenton Police Department July 1, 1994.
Bob was a member of the PBA Local 66, Police Honors Society, American Legion Police and Fireman's Association, ASPCA Retired Police Dogs, Mercer County #12 New Jersey State Retired Police and Fireman's Association. Bob was also a sketch artist with the department. He designed several versions of the police badge, and his drawings hang in the foyer of the Mercer County Prosecutors Office and the Trenton Police Department. In his spare time, Bob enjoyed playing guitar. It was in 1973 that Bob and Dan Povio founded the Cop Shoo Bops, which was a band of Trenton Police Officers playing a yearly benefit called "Anything May Happen" to raise funds for charities. The band was loved so much that they played different venues from the Jersey Shore to the Pennsylvania area. Bob also enjoyed flying (he earned his pilots license), deep sea fishing, and cooking. But most of all, he enjoyed driving his Corvette on Sundays, visiting his family where he enjoyed quality time with his grandchildren.
Son of the late Harry S. and Winifred Delane Beatty Parrish, father of the late Kimberly Lynn Parrish-Buono, and brother of the late Kathleen Grasselli, he is survived by a son and daughter-in-law; Robert K. "Kevin" and Jenifer Parrish; of Yardville; six grandchildren; Zachary; Austin; and Bree Gabauer; Vincent Buono; Briana and Robert Jacob Parrish; one great-granddaughter; Anna Bella Gabauer; two brothers and two sisters-in-law; Richard H. (his twin) and Marge Parrish; of Hightstown; David R. Parrish; Ph.D, and Christie Parrish, MD.; of Media, PA.; one aunt; Eva Gavin; one uncle; Thomas Corrigan; Kevin's mother; Patricia Rymkiewicz; and many nieces, nephews, cousins, friends, colleagues, and his special beloved friends Danny and Michelle Baltazar of Hamilton; and not to be forgotten, his beloved canine companion, Tippy.
A funeral with Police Honors will take place on Monday (Apr. 15). Calling hours will be Monday morning from 9-11 a.m. at Our Lady of Sorrows Church, 3816 E. State Street Ext., Hamilton, N.J. 08619. Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 11 a.m. Burial will be in Greenwood Cemetery, Hamilton, N.J.
Arrangements are by the M. William Murphy Funeral Home 1863 Hamilton Ave. Visit www.murphyfh.com. Donations in Bob's memory may be made to the NJSPCA, 1119 Livingston Ave., New Brunswick, NJ 08901 or www.njspca.org.
Published in The Trentonian on Apr. 12, 2013