Farewell Uncle Ted
On Saturday, May 5, 2007, my uncle Theodore Bernard Parker Jr. passed away after a lengthy battle with lymphoma.
My memories of Ted are pretty much good memories. He gave me my first motorcycle ride when I was about five years old. I remember eating at his sandwich shop in New Jersey with my mother and grandmother. He gave me advice when I needed it and didn't pry into my personal life without reason. In later years, after Mom and Nana had passed, I think Ted and I formed a closer bond.
During the past year I watched as Ted fought against his cancer. Although he went through the agony of surgeries and chemo therapy, he always seemed to remain strong and determined to win. Last summer the doctors told him he was cancer free, yet by Christmas it was back again.
Ted Parker put up one hell of a fight. I miss him already.
Ted and his mother, Thelma at Janine's wedding.
Ted as a young marine.