Dr. Albert C. Parker
Dr. Albert C. Parker, 88, went home to be with the Lord on Sunday, July 11, 2021 at Village Point in Monroe Township. He and his beloved wife Eileen moved to Monroe Township in 2003, after raising their family in North Carolina, New York and Connecticut.
Born on February 26, 1933 in Jersey City, NJ, Dr. Al, as he was known by his friends, met his future bride when he was only 4 years old. He and Eileen grew up on the same street in Union City. She even remembers seeing him on his tricycle as a child. They started dating in high school and were married in 1954. They were about to celebrate their 67th anniversary when he passed away.
Al graduated from Columbia University and Harvard Medical School. After his internship and full residency, he continued his medical career in the Navy, where he received a commendation from the Secretary of the Navy for redesigning the Naval operating room and training medical officers. He once saved a man’s life by performing an emergency appendectomy in rough seas. After the Navy, Dr. Al began a long and successful career as an OB/GYN with his office in Rye Brook, NY and delivering babies at United Hospital in Port Chester. He once remarked, “I stopped counting after 3,000 babies.” Dr. Parker was also an early pioneer in In-Vitro Fertilization and introduced IVF to other doctors in the northeast.
A Mayflower Descendent, he enjoyed trips on his sailboat “Pilgrim”, won national awards for his marquetry, loved computer technology and went on to design countless pro bono websites pre and post retirement. He loved a good walk on a beach; Long Island Sound near his home, Longboat Key on his annual treks there, and various east coast beaches for regular reunions with all his grandchildren. He was active in the Rossmoor Chorus, the Computer Club and the New Jersey Club at Rossmoor. He loved learning and teaching others. In 2009, he was honored by the Kiwanis Club as Citizen of the Year.
Al is survived by his wife Eileen, daughter Janet Wilson (Jim), daughter Sue Mezzapelle (Dom), son Steve (Karen), and by grandchildren Jen Wilson, Steve Wilson, Kristen Mezzapelle, Lauren Mezzapelle, Ben Parker, Lizzy Parker, Erin Parker, great granddaughter Kaylee Mezzapelle-O’Brien and nephew Glenn Teichner. He was predeceased by grandson Michael Mezzapelle.
He also leaves behind countless friends and patients who respected and loved him.
Viewing will take place Friday, July 16, 2021 from 2:00-4:00 PM and 7:00-9:00 PM and Saturday, July 17, 2021 from 9:00-10:00 AM at the M. David DeMarco Funeral Home, 205 Rhode Hall Road, Monroe Township, NJ 08831 – 732-521-0555 – www.demarcofuneralhome.com. A funeral service will be held on Saturday, July 17, 2021 at 11:00 AM at Prince of Peace Lutheran Church, 177 Princeton Hightstown Road, Princeton Junction, NJ 08831. Interment is private.
For those wishing to make a contribution in Dr. Al’s memory, the family asks that donations go to Alzheimer’s New Jersey, www.alznj.org
Always giving, always serving; his was a life well-lived and well-loved. He will be deeply missed. He already is.