August 1, 1963 – May 9, 2020
Erick C. Parr, age 56, passed away unexpectedly, Saturday, May 9th, 2020 in Severna Park, MD due to complications of a Traumatic Brain Injury. Erick is survived by his daughter Abby Parr, stepdaughter Julie Jensen, brother Brian Parr (& wife Barbara Beenhakker), niece & nephew Sophia & Nicolas, and countless aunts, uncles and cousins.
Erick was born on August 1, 1963 in Baltimore, MD to August Parr and Eleanor Feeol Parr. Erick was a strong-willed person from a young age, beating childhood cancer by age 8. The family spent the majority of their years in Howard County, MD where Erick and his “gear head” friends rebuilt cars, lawnmowers and anything else they could get their hands on. Erick graduated from Mount St. Joseph High School in 1981, where he played lacrosse. He then attended Howard County Community College and began his path as a career engineer, alongside his father. Erick worked for 30 years as a mechanical designer & engineer for IBM, Orbital, Lockheed Martin, Alcatel-Lucent, Ciena, MEI Technologies, CACI, TCOM, Northrop Grumman, and, most recently, ATA Aerospace.
In 2003, Erick married Michele McNealey, and became a stepdad to Julie. Together they built a home in Annapolis, MD. There he could be found boating, working on his Chevelle in the backyard and walking the dogs with Julie, and later Abby. In 2007, Erick & Michele welcomed Abby into the world. The family moved to Severna Park, MD soon after. Erick was a devoted father to both his daughters. He coached lacrosse, field hockey and basketball. He was the kind of parent that went on as many field trips as he could, was early to every band & chorus concert and could be found working on projects and homework at the kitchen table. Sharing time with his family was a huge part of Erick’s life, making trips to Ocean City a highlight of every year, and topping it off with a trip to Australia for Abby & Erick. Erick & Abby were members of St. John the Evangelist Church. Erick shared his passion for music with Abby, a young clarinet player. Erick encouraged her to join the school band.
In 2018, Erick graduated from UMUC with his bachelor’s degree, a 35-year feat that made him passionate about the importance of education. Erick & Julie had the pleasure of enduring college academics at the same time. He watched Julie cross the living room graduation stage this month.
Erick was a trusted friend who brought light to wherever he worked or lived. He loved to play racquetball, lift weights, jet ski, sail and snow ski.
For some, friendships come and go, but Erick had a gift for keeping his friends close forever. Erick will forever live in the hearts of all of those who called him dad, Erick, uncle, cousin, friend, and brother.
Due to the current world climate the family will be having a small ceremony in the coming days. However, when restrictions are lifted a celebration of life for all to attend will be arranged. Should friends desire a GoFundMe page has been setup in his honor with the contributions going towards Abby’s college. gf.me/u/x2gnsa
No public services are scheduled at this time. Receive a notification when services are updated.
May 25, 2020
Erick was a very loving and caring cousin to me and I will always cherish the fond memories we made. I am so proud of him and all he accomplished in a life cut way too short. I will always remember the moment he asked me to be godmother to Abby; I was so very touched and honored. I will never forget attending his graduation in 2018 when he received his bachelor’s degree with honors that he worked so hard and long to achieve. But, what was most endearing to me was the tremendous amount of love and pride he had for his daughters, and the joy in his voice when he talked about them. He will forever have a special place in my heart and I will miss him beyond words.
May 24, 2020
Erick was a wonderful person, intelligent, with zest for life and love of sport and his daughters. We met while volunteering to coach our daughters field hockey team. His supportive and temperate presence on the field made for a fantastic coaching partner and helped to lead to two successful years for our team. He was exactly the person that you would want to entrust coaching your child, positive, knowledgeable, understanding, but firm in expecting respect and teamwork. He will be terribly missed by his family, friends, athletes, coaches and by myself and my daughter Shannon. We send our love to Abby and family. We are sincerely sorry for your loss and will pray for you and Erick. With love, Donna Curtis and family
May 14, 2020
I met Erick at APG. He was the one to show me around and introduced me to everyone. I could tell right away that he was well liked and respected by everyone there. As a co-worker I found Erick to be inventive, through and knowledgeable. We would often bounce ideas off of each other, me getting them from him more often than not.
Erick had a good sense of humor. We would talk about a great many subjects from aliens to zephyrs. He talked about his family and how very proud he was of his daughters. He talked about coaching and the school activities Abby was involved in. He also talked about Julie and what she was involved with.
He was my friend and I shall miss him.
May 14, 2020
I met Erick and Abby through Green Hornets Field Hockey 4 years ago. Erick and I met as coaches of the team and I truly enjoyed coaching with him and being around him. He was always trying to be positive, especially with the girls (extra especially because we only won 1 game). He felt the girls should learn, be competitive, but ultimately have fun and love the sport. He constantly joked around with Abby and gave her supportive compliments on all she was doing. He was a great father! He often put his arm around her and gave her that one armed hug... so sweet, but still cool for a pre-teen to have her dad do without embarrassing her.
I got to know Julie as well over the past couple of years and have been happy to "be in touch" with their family over the years. Julie is a wonderful person and I know Erick helped her grow into the amazing person she is.
I will definitely miss running into Erick at all of the Green Hornets sports as he volunteered for Basketball and Lacrosse as well.
This is such a sad loss to me personally and I know to the community of Severna Park and Green Hornets. Thank you, Erick, for sharing your sweet demeanor and for being my friend.
May 13, 2020
I am deeply saddened by the news of the loss of Erick. Erick and I worked together at Aberdeen Proving Grounds (APG). When I first started working there, Erick and I worked on many of the same projects together.
I was always impressed in Erick’s talent as a designer and also his “get the job done” approach to our many projects working together. I learned a lot working with Erick and will always be grateful for having had the opportunity to work with him and for the knowledge that he shared with me and many of my colleagues. He was very influential on the development of my career.
As time passed, I got to know Erick on a more personal-level and recognized his great sense of humor, dedication to his family, and many of the interests that we shared in common. On any given day, I could find us sharing thoughts on work, hobbies, and life in general.
As a colleague, Erick will be missed; however, as a friend, he will never be forgotten.
May 13, 2020
Oh my...I can't even believe I am writing this.
APG was not only a job, but also a time to grown a special kind of friendship with Erick. One that I will never forget. We had so many talks... about everything. From Abby's field hockey and basketball and Juile's world trips, to jobs and school, to relationships and working out (crossfit shoes). There were so many things we laughted about and so many things we griped about. He was my therapist and I was his. We both got each other through school, helped each other with resumes, wrote recommendations for one another, and made sure our papers had the most complex words as possible. We talked about Balmore accents and Ocean City. Maybe we'd even buy a place in OC together for our families to enjoy, He was a loving dad who taught discpline and love, work hard play hard. His parenting ideas he shared with me will continue on with LogJam and FinRo.
My last text to him was last Monday about getting old and checking in on each other's bowel movements! He always ended our phone conversation with "I really value your friendship" and I will always value his. I already miss hearing from him. But I know we will see each other again.
Abby and Julie, please know how proud you both made him. Abby keep playing those sports, making great friends, and having fun. That was his number one foryou - fun! Julie, keep going in the direction of your dreams, he was so impressed by everything you accomplished. I am here for you both, only a phone call or text away.
May 12, 2020
I remember hanging out with Erick, working on cars and we always had a grand time. Erick's knowledge about many subjects in life was absolutely incredible. Well my Friend, Randy is waiting for you with the Cigar box. RIP May GOD Bless your Soul.
May 12, 2020
Eric was a very nice guy and co worker, may he rest in peace.
May 12, 2020
I worked with Erick at Aberdeen Proving Ground for a few years. What I remember most about him was his sense of humor will all things. He always took things in stride and would share his humorous perspectives with me. I think we shared the same slant on things we found frustrating and so it was easy to compare notes and find the lighter side of the situation.
He ended up getting a job with a different engineering company. Before he left he made a list of things to keep in mind when designing parts with our team, he called them "Parr's Rules" for design. It was something he printed out and left with those who he had shared memories and laughs with over the years. My favorites were always rule #1 and #2 "It must look cool" and “Sheet metal is free”. Rule #1 will always be true and I think of Erick often when working on new parts.
May 11, 2020
I worked alongside Erick for several years when he was working at APG. Both of us being close in age. Both of us being lifelong Marylander's, and both growing up as Erick would call it: "as gear heads". We spent countess times talking about our teen years, messing with cars, and joking about some of the crazy and stupid things we did as teenagers back in the 70's & 80's.
Erick & I would discuss how much we had grown from those days, both of us growing in our faith in God & Christ Jesus, how much God had brought us through. Talking with Erick about those things and seeing how much God had renewed in Erick's life, growing in wisdom, in and through the experience of life, Erick always passionate to apply the understanding that he saw God was blessing him with, to all of his thinking and to all of his loved ones and those around him.
So if there could be a word that I think best captures Erick's life & personality is "passionate". The number one thing Erick was passionate about was his daughter Abbey. Constantly talking about her and how proud he is of her, and again how passionate he was to guide her as she grew up, passionate that she would be able to bypass the mistakes he had made through the years. Passionate to somehow help others learn not just from his life but to take those eternal principles that God had revealed to Erick. That was why he was so passionate to place himself around kids & teenagers to be a guide, a mentor, a friend that will give time and energy for your benefit.
Yes, I am terribly saddened by Erick's leaving us, I will miss him dearly, yet I know I shall see him again. Erick is one of Christ's ambassadors and Erick was called home by his King, all of our discussions Erick & I ever had lead me to that conclusion. Erick you do have a legacy, and I know Erick has now heard his King say to him, "well done good and faithful servant".