Joseph Parker

Joseph J. "Joey" Parker

Thursday, April 17th, 1975 - Tuesday, September 3rd, 2019
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Joseph J. "Joey" Parker, 44, of West Hartford, passed away at home on Tuesday, September 3, 2019 after a long illness, with his family by his side. Born in Hartford, the son of Michael A., Sr. and Sheila (Hurst) Parker of Connecticut and Florida, Joey was a lifelong resident of West Hartford. He was a graduate of Conard High School and Keene State University. He was employed for 20 years by the Hartford Public School System as a physical education teacher, mostly at Expeditionary Learning Academy at Moylan School, where he loved his kids and fellow teachers. He enjoyed golfing and was an avid Chicago Bears fan. His greatest joy was his two boys, whom he was most proud of.
Besides his parents, he leaves his sons, Brenden and Casden Parker of West Hartford; his brother, Michael A. Parker, Jr. and his wife Teri Jo, of Sauk Rapids, MN; two nieces, Destiney and Jaiden Parker and a nephew, Zander Parker. Joey also leaves many loving aunts, uncles, cousins and great friends. Joey's family would like to thank the Nurses and Staff of the Helen and Harry Gray Cancer Center and Home Hospice for their professional and compassionate care.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Friday, (Sept. 6), 10:00 am at St. Peter Claver Church, 47 Pleasant St., West Hartford. Everyone is requested to meet at the church. Burial will be in Fairview Cemetery, West Hartford. Calling hours are Thursday, (Sept. 5), from 4 to 7 pm at the Sheehan Hilborn Breen Funeral Home, 1084 New Britain Ave., West Hartford. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Helen and Harry Gray Cancer Center, 85 Retreat Ave # 2, Hartford, CT 06106. Online condolences may be made at
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  • Visitation

    Thursday, September 5th, 2019 | 4:00pm - 7:00pm
    Thursday, September 5th, 2019 4:00pm - 7:00pm
    Sheehan-Hilborn-Breen Funeral Home
    1084 New Britain Avenue
    West Hartford, CT 06110
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    Everyone is requested to meet at the church.
  • Service

    Friday, September 6th, 2019 | 10:00am
    Friday, September 6th, 2019 10:00am
    St. Peter Claver Church
    47 Pleasant St.
    West Hartford, CT
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  • Interment

    Fairview Cemetery
    200 Whitman Avenue
    West Hartford, CT 06107
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Donations are being accepted for: Helen and Harry Gray Cancer Center.


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Joseph Fioretti

Posted at 06:23pm
Mike and Sheila, I'm am so very sorry for your loss. I remember watching your two sons growing up along with my two kids right behind yours. Joey was a great kid, always had a smile on his face and was very respectful of adults. Mike, I remember you bringing your boys down to Sterling field to watch me play fast pitch softball and on one occasion I gave them my batting gloves. They were very impressed like I was some famous baseball player. We all smiled, as we did on so many occasions. Joey will never be forgotten as an outstanding Father,Son, Husband, Teacher and an incredible kid as I remember him. My thoughts and prayers are with you.
Joe Fioretti

Cruz Mandell

Posted at 06:22pm
Joe, Mr . Parker,
Will be missed by the students at Moylan. He was a great colleague and a compassionate teacher and coach!
Blessings to his Spirit and his Family,
Cruz Mandell

Laurie Benefield

Posted at 09:42am
Rest in Peace Mr. Parker we had a lot of fun times at Moylan you were the kindest Man. My Condolences to your family .
Laurie Benefield

Jeremy Rivera

Posted at 06:06pm
Good person great teacher teached me 5th grade gym back in 2013-2014 😪

Rip Mr.Parker 🙏🏻 My condolences to the family

Jardy Casales

Posted at 04:02pm
My condolence to the family. Mr. Parker was a very kind and dedicated individual. He loved his students and was an amazing gym teacher. I was thinking about him the other day. I am shocked to know of his passing. Rest In Peace.

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