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Alfred J. Parker, retired Baltimore Sun worker and union official, dies

Alfred Parker was a shop steward with the Newspaper Guild.
Alfred Parker was a shop steward with the Newspaper Guild.

Alfred Jerome Parker, a retired Baltimore Sun editorial assistant and a shop steward in his union, died Oct. 15 at his Northwest Baltimore home. He was 67.

His son, Corey Parker, said a cause of death was not available.

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Born in Turner Station, he was the son of Alfred Parker and his wife, Naomi Major, a homemaker. He was a 1970 graduate of Dundalk High School. His family and friends nicknamed him “Romy.”

According to a family biographical sketch, Mr. Parker recalled a happy childhood. He gardened, raised chickens, fished and kept German shepherds.

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He began work in the labor and delivery room at Maryland General Hospital and later joined The Sun. He worked his way up to be a supervisor in the facilities department and an editorial assistant in the newsroom.

He served as a union representative and shop steward with the Newspaper Guild. Family members said he negotiated and arbitrated for employees who needed representation with work-related matters.

Mr. Parker was an avid reader of history and current events.

“He enjoyed a robust exchange of ideas with the editors in the newsroom,” said his son, Corey Parker.

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Mr. Parker enjoyed fishing and road trips. He was an accomplished checkers player and competed in East Coast tournaments.

“There was nothing Alfred liked better than an interesting conversation with a good or new friend,” said his son. “His laughter was infectious and huge smile always made the conversation pleasant.”

Mr. Parker attended Baptist churches and studied the Bible. He was a fan of the Orioles and Ravens.

In addition to his son, who lives in West Palm Beach, Florida, survivors include another son, Brett Thomas of Baltimore; a daughter, Michele Stewart of Baltimore; a brother, Cornell Vincent of Turner Station; two sisters, Cynthia Winston of Turner Station and Antoinette Parker of Baltimore County; and four grandchildren.

Services were held Nov. 11 at the Vaughn Greene funeral home.

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