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|Robert Emmett Parks Jr.
Date of Birth: April 22, 1954
Position: Bond Broker
“At this moment, words cannot express the loss of my oldest son. Naturally, I both love and miss my son.”
Mary Elizabeth Fitzhenry Parks, Mr. Parks’ mother
“My brother Bob woke up every day, eager to work and endeavor. He loved the energy of NYC. He’s a great all-around guy”.
David, Bob Parks’ brother
“My brother Bob had an unbelievable memory not only in work and school-related issues, but also for sports trivia. Through his many colleagues both on Wall Street and globally, tons of whom knew him rather well, they could ring him up and get the correct answer about whom it was who hit a homerun at any U.S. stadium, threw the winning touchdown, or even which horse and owner won any Triple Crown. And though his mind simply brimmed with facts about sports, he was also no slouch on the movement of the stock market since 1929.”
Carol Parks Clancy, Bob Parks’ sister
“Bobby was the quintessential of all that is good – a wonderful, gentle family man, a man of wisdom, virtue and faith. I could talk with him into infinity about anything on every given subject. He was always there for not only me, but his entire family, always with his smiling and charismatic self style.”
Elizabeth (Betsy) Parks, Bob Parks’ sister
“My brother Bobby always encouraged me to stay focused. In fact, we both had begun new jobs at the same time last year. He always put his children, Bridgette and Kevin, first in life.”
Lauren Fitzhenry Parks, His youngest sister
At age 47, Robert Emmett Parks, Jr., was the father of 2 teenagers. He was content to barbecue burgers on the pool deck of his home in Middletown NJ. His enthusiasm for education and sports played out through his encouragement with his children.
His 16 year old daughter, Bridgette Parks, is a successful high school team swimmer as well as a summer lifeguard. Bob attended her swim meets and helped time her, train her, and cheer her on.
Bob was also very involved in the education and sports of his 14 year-old son, Kevin Robert Parks. He was a coach for Kevin’s teams. He coached for the Middletown Youth Athletic Association for many years. Appropriately so, Bob was given an award for his parental involvement.
He was a communicant of St. Catherine’s Church, Holmdel, NJ, where his family are parishioners.
Bob had been a personally successful golfer, belonging to Bamm Hollow Country Club. He himself had played varsity basketball and football at St. Peter’s Preparatory School in Jersey City. And he went on to play sports in College and while attaining his Master Degree. He had been a NY Jets fan since their inception.
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