PARKER, Richard W. "Dick," age 70, of Toronto, OH, passed away Saturday September 8, 2012, at Trinity Medical Center West surrounded by his loving family, after a courageous battle with cancer.
Richard was born October 25, 1941, in Toronto, OH, son of the late Kenneth W. Parker and Susan E. Mihalik Chambers.
Richard worked for Titanium Metals Corp. until his retirement in 2003, with 43 years of service, working as an inspector. He was also a member of St. Joseph R.C. Church in Toronto. He also had a love for woodworking.
Richard was a 1959 graduate of Toronto High School where he excelled on the football field as a standout offensive and defensive lineman. Following his stellar playing career at Toronto High, Richard turned down a scholarship to play collegiate football for legendary coach Lee Tressel at Baldwin Wallace College.
Instead, he returned to the gridiron playing semi-pro football for the Toronto Tigers.
Richard loved the world of politics. He served as Toronto's Fourth Ward Councilman for 24 consecutive years and seven years as Toronto City Auditor. Richard took pride and passion in representing the concerns of Toronto citizens, always looking out for their welfare. His great knowledge of the city enabled him to be the voice for his ward and the entire city. He believed very strongly in what he did and made all decisions on what he thought was best for the city of Toronto.
Richard is survived by his wife of 51 years, Mary Ann (Priscilla) Parker, whom he married on January 21, 1961; three sons, Richard "Rick" Parker of Toronto, John (Tracy) Parker of Toronto, and Ken (Kelly) Parker of Cadiz; two daughters, Lisa (Rick) Hlivko of Steubenville and Mary Beth (John) Hughes of Westerville; eight grandchildren, Emily and Sarah Hughes of Westerville, Benjamin and Joshua Hlivko of Steubenville, Hannah and Christopher Parker of Toronto, Alexandria and Kylie Parker of Wheeling, WV; one sister, Barbara (Tony) Licata and one brother, Ron (Daisy) Parker both of Toronto.
At Richard's request, there will be no visitation with burial at the convenience of his family. Richard's arrangements are in the care of the J.E. Foster Funeral Homes, Inc. in Toronto, OH.
Memorial donations may be made to the charity of the donor's choice. Condolences may be offered on our website www.jefosterfh.com.