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Thomas R. Parry


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Thomas R. Parry Obituary
Thomas Robert Parry, 91, peacefully passed away Wednesday, Feb. 8, 2017, surrounded by his family in Hillsborough, N.J. His wife of 60 years, Helen Parry, and his granddaughter, Becca Laffoon, predeceased him. Surviving are his four children and families, Michelle (Chris), Rebecca, Thomas Jr. (Debra) and Sean (Rebecca); and his grandchildren, Lauren, Christopher, Benjamin, Emanuel, Anne, Christine, Alyse, Sandy, Tom III, Michael, Ian and Anna; and great-granddaughter, Charlotte. Tom (Bob) was born Sept. 30, 1925, in Archbald, where as a boy he hauled ice and coal for his father's business in the Scranton area. His mother moved the family to Michigan, where he left school at 15 to work in the auto factories. He joined the Navy during World War II and served as a radioman in the Pacific Fleet. After the war, he returned to Michigan, got his GED and went on to become a policeman for the city of Detroit, where among other duties, he promoted their safety program. He went to night school and completed his Bachelor's degree at Detroit Institute of Technology and was a high school teacher in the Ferndale, Michigan School District while also coaching and refereeing basketball, golf and football and teaching driver's Ed. In 1966, he relocated his family to Pittsburgh, when he became the president of the Western Pennsylvania Safety Council until his retirement. He moved to be with his daughters in New Jersey following the death of his wife, (2010). He was a member of Holy Trinity Byzantine Catholic Church of Wall, and the Level Green Lions. His greatest joys were playing golf on the courses of western PA, his dogs, vacationing and fishing on Hatteras Island, and enjoying his home with his wife and family in his beloved Level Green. We will miss his sense of humor and his unfailing independent spirit that remained to the very end.
A memorial service inviting all friends and family will be held at noon Saturday, April 1, 2017, in Holy Trinity Byzantine Catholic Church, Wall, followed by internment with his wife's cremains at Penn Lincoln Cemetery. A memorial luncheon will follow at the Wooden Nickel in North Huntingdon.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be sent to his granddaughter's Memorial Campership Fund that helps special needs children enjoy a week of summer camp. Send to the ARC of Somerset County NJ, 141 S. Main St., Manville, NJ 08835 and note: The Becca Laffoon Campership Fund. Information and directions through Ketusky Funeral Home of Manville, N.J: www.ketusky.com.
Published in Penn Trafford Star from Mar. 19 to Mar. 23, 2017
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