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