Herbert W. Parsons
September 20, 1931 – July 14, 2019
Herbert W. Parsons, 87 of Arlington Heights was born September 20, 1931 in Chicago to Vaughan and Lauretta (Stift) Parsons and passed away July 14, 2019. Herb was the beloved husband of Celeste T. (Gajda) Parsons; loving father of Lorene (Eric) Sandine; cherished grandfather of Amy and Carly Sandine and dear brother of the late Vaughan, Phyllis and Clyde “Corky” Parsons. Herb was in the United States Air Force from 1951-55 stationed in England. He became involved in the sport of Judo (achieving an 8th degree black belt) and Self Defense (achieving a 7th degree black belt), which spanned 55 years of competing and teaching. Growing up in Wrigleyville, he was fortunate to become a bat boy and pitched batting practice for the Chicago Cubs. Herb’s teaching career began in the Chicago Public School system from 1962-69 and continued to High School District #214 from 1969-99. He also taught Judo and History at Harper College for over 25 years. A private funeral service has been held.
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Herbert W. Parsons
July 29, 2019
I coached swimming at Arlington High school the same time as Herb did at Hersey High School. We always had a good rivalry as Herb did a wonderful job with his swimmers especially since Hersey did not have a pool. I had the privilege later to coach at Hersey from 1984-1990 when I retired . I have been thankful to know Herb along with the other coaches in the MSL and have them as good friends. Praying for his family over the loss of a really good man.
Dr. Patrick Keating
July 28, 2019
Herb was a true Mentor and Friend.
He taught me what it means to be a fantastic teacher.
Without his guidance, I would have never been able to share my knowledge of Judo/Jujitsu. Every time I watched him teach the same techniques over the years, I learned something new and unique.
He will be missed by all who knew him.
July 20, 2019
I am deeply saddened by Herb's passing, yet am blessed to have so many good memories of him as my "adopted uncle", family friend, and all-around great guy. He was such a dedicated husband, father, grandfather, teacher/instructor and "coach" to many. He served as a role model for many, though he never wanted any notoriety for doing so. Our family has many memories to process of his times with us --- everything from helping us be better students and people to his zany sense of humor. My prayers and thoughts will continue for my wonderful, loving Godmother Celeste and my "adopted cousin" Lorene and her family. Blessings and comfort to Celeste, Lorene, Amy, Carly and Eric.
July 20, 2019
He was such a funny, kind, and inspiring person. When we were in high school he would always have so much interest in our school curriculum and he loved that we played the violin. He was like a grandpa that I never had and was the sweetest man! He came to some of our violin concerts and was so proud of how amazing we were for being so young. He was like our biggest fan and made us feel so special. It was an honor knowing him and feeling like he was my grandpa all these years. <3