George F. Parker, a retired mechanical engineer and world traveler, died Wednesday of cancer at his Severna Park home.
He was 74.
The son of an engineer and a homemaker, Mr. Parker was born in Wayne, Mich., and moved with his family in 1943 to Cleveland.
He was a 1956 graduate of Gilmore Academy in Gates Mills, Ohio, and earned his bachelor's degree in 1960 from the University of Notre Dame.
Mr. Parker worked for Lincoln Electric in Cleveland, and later for Moorfeed Co. in Indianapolis, before moving to Baltimore in 1982 when he took a position with now-closed Airco.
In 1990, he joined Black & Decker Corp., where he worked in engineering management and held patents on numerous hand tools and saw blades.
He retired in 2003.
Mr. Parker married his high school sweetheart, the former Maureen Fahey, in 1960, and the couple enjoyed traveling and hiking in the national parks. He also liked playing tennis, bicycling, golf and working in his yard.
He volunteered with Habitat for Humanity and was an active member of the Holy Name Society.
Mr. Parker was a longtime active communicant of Our Lady of the Fields Roman Catholic Church, 1070 Cecil Ave., Millersville, where a Mass of Christian burial will be offered at 11 a.m. Monday.
In addition to his wife of 52 years, Mr. Parker is survived by three sons, Msgr. Adam J. Parker of Baltimore, Michael G. Parker and Paul J. Parker, both of Millersville; two daughters, Suzanne M. Parker of Annapolis and Mollie A. Parker of Pasadena; a sister, Josephine M. Lesso of Austin, Texas; and five grandchildren.