Reading RR Detective
Religion: Quaker, Episcopal
WCDL 2-4-1964: "John Parker, of 227 W. Miner st., West Chester, a member of the Reading Co.'s police department since 1939, has been promoted to the rank of Lieutenant, it was announced by J. Ralph Freed, the railroad's superintendent of police. Parker, who will now be working out of Philadelphia, is a native of West Chester. He attended West Chester High School and Westtown School, and is a member of Robert R. Bringhurst Lodge 686, F & AM." WCDL Sept. 1982: "The 50th wedding anniversary of Mr. & Mrs. John Parker was celebrated Sept. 5 with a dinner at the Black Angus Inn, with family and friends attending. The affair was arranged by their children: Mr. & Mrs. John Parker of Norristown, Mr. & Mrs. John H. Esbin of Toledo, Ohio, and a sister, Mrs. N. H. Heintzelman of Malvern.' 'John Parker of West Chester and Theodosia Derrick of Virginia were married Sept. 3, 1932 by the late Dr. W. Herbert Burk at the Washington Memorial Chapel, Valley Forge. The couple has two children and five granchildren.' 'The couple has lived in West Chester most of their married life. Parker was a lieutenant of police of the Reading Railroad for 33 years, working out of Philadelphia. Both are active members of the Chester County Historical Society, the Brinton Family Association board. Mrs. Parker is a former vestry person at the Church of the Holy Trinity, West Chester, a former board member of the New Cuntury Club of West Chester, and of the Women's Exchange.' 'The Parkers' marriage vows were reaffirmed at the 10:30 a.m. service at the Church of the Holy Trinity, Sept. 5, with the Rev. William J. Fischler and the Rev. Wallace Houston Jr. officiating. Afterwards they were greeted by an informal reception in the parish hall." WCDL obit 12-21-1988: "John Parker, 80, of West Chester, died Tuesday in the Chester County Hospital after a short illness. He was the husband of Theodosia Derrick Parker. Born in Cossart, he was a son of the late John and Hattie Brinton Parker. Mr. Parker attended West Chester High School and graduated from Westtown School Class of 1927. He was employed with the Reading Co. from 1939 until 1973 as a lieutenant with the Police Department of Security. Upon retirement, he served as a tipstaff in the courts of Chester County and worked five years for Judge Thomas Pitt. He was a member of the Church of the Holy Trinity, West Chester Lodge 322 F&AM, the Howell Royal Arch Chapter 202, AARP, the Brinton Family Association, the Chester County Historical Society and the Police Chiefs Association of Pennsylvania. In addition, he was a volunteer with the United Way and served as a trustee of the Parkersville Friends Meeting. In addition to his wife, he is survived by a son, John Parker III of Norristown; a daughter, Martha P. Esbin of Toledo, Ohio; five grandchildren; three great grandchildren. Memorial service will be 10 a.m. Friday in the Church of the Holy Trinity, West Chester. Interment will be private. Memorial contributions may be made to the Church of the Holy Trinity, S. High and Union streets, West Chester 19382 or to the Parkersville Meeting Property, in care of Paul Rodebaugh, Treasurer, 217 Sharpless St., West Chester 19382." His Social Security No. was 182-07-6679.
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