Andrew (Andy) John Parker of Brighton, Michigan, passed away peacefully on May 31, 2018.
He was born July 28, 1925 in London, England the son of Archibald and Hilda (Allan) Parker.
Mary I. E. Parker, his wife, preceded him in death in 2016. Andy and Mary were married for 66 years.
Surviving are his daughters, Yvonne (Bradley) Dustan of Kernersville, NC, Elizabeth (Thomas) Timmons of Hartland, MI, and Margaret (J. Michael) O’Connor of Grass Lake, MI. Four grandchildren, Stacy (Tim) Shah of Kernersville, NC, Trevor (Erica) Timmons of Kennett Square, PA, Meghan (Dennis) Hayes of Pittsburgh, PA , Casey Timmons of Houston, TX; seven great-grandchildren, a brother, David Parker of Cambridge, England and a sister, Edna Wynn of Ft. Myers, FL also survive him.
Service and charity played a major role in Andy’s life; service to his country, his local community, and his church.
Andy enlisted in the Civil Defense of London when he was sixteen years old. He worked with the ambulance system during the war prior to enlistment. When he was of age, he joined the British Royal Air Force. He served in India and Burma, supplying the Burma-China road as an air gunner. He was discharged as a Warrant officer in 1947 and returned to London.
In 1950 he married Mary. In October 1952, he, Mary and their infant daughter, Yvonne immigrated to the United States. They settled in Brighton, MI. In Brighton, Andy worked for Gaffney Electric as an electrician. In 1956, Andy and his brother Jim, began their own company, Parker Electric. After retiring from Parker Electric, he worked for the University of Michigan Hospital System.
Andy was the 39th licensed Master Electrician in the state of Michigan and the 26th holder of the State of Michigan Electrical Contractor’s license. He was also a voting member of the National Fire Protection Association and Michigan Society of Hospital Engineers
Andy was very active in the Kiwanis club and was twice the President of his local club. He was a member of Kiwanis for over 50 years. He also served as a trustee for Kiwanis of Michigan Foundation. He was a life member of Burma Star Assoc. and the Royal Air Force Association, and a past member of the Aircraft Owners & Pilots Assoc.
As a private pilot he was a member of the Civil Air Patrol, teaching ground school to cadets. He greatly enjoyed flying his own small aircraft.
He was a member of St. Paul’s Episcopal Church in Brighton where he was active with the vestry, a chaperone for youth group camping trips and church handyman. He greatly enjoyed the fellowship of church activities and the parishioners.
Andy was a member of the ROMEO’S (Retired Old Men Eating Out) and looked forward to seeing his friends for lunch and catching up on local news.
He and Mary enjoyed gatherings at the homes of their daughters and sons-in-laws, and traveling, including cruises.
A memorial service and visitation will be held at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church in Brighton on July 21st. Visitation will be at 11:00 with a memorial service to celebrate his life following at noon.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations to Kiwanis of Michigan Foundation. The foundation supports a number of programs and projects in four children’s hospitals in Michigan. Forms and envelopes will be available at the memorial service.