Harry L. Parson

July 15, 1928August 19, 2013
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Obituary for Harry L. Parson To be published in the Stamford Advocate Friday August 23, 2013.

Long time Stamford, CT resident Harry L. Parson II, 85, died at his home August 19, 2013.

Services will be held Saturday August 24, 2013 at 1:00 p.m. at Leo P. Gallagher & Son Funeral Home. 2900 Summer Street, Stamford, CT 06905-4304.

Harry L. Parson II was born July 15, 1928 to the union of Harry L. Parson and Irene Young in Cincinnati, Ohio. He was a graduate of Talladega College in Alabama. After college he joined the Army and earned the rank of Lieutenant during his four years of service. After the military he graduated from Northwestern University in Chicago and received his MBA. His first marriage produced two children: Eve and Harry III. On August 31, 1969 he married Joyce J. (JJ) Moore. They were married for 43 years until his passing. Harry Parson started his long work career in Chicago at American Airlines in 1955. He quickly worked his way through five promotions to become American Airlines’ first African American Flight Reservationist. Years later he would leave American and accept a position as a Director of Marketing & Advertising for Time Magazine in Manhattan. After Time Magazine he moved on to Equitable Life where he was a Vice President of Advertising. Harry retired from Equitable Life but remained extremely active in politics and education: • City of Stamford Zoning - Board Member; • Chairman – Stamford Police Foundation; • City of Stamford Planning - Board Member; • State Street Debating Society – Member; • Democrat – City Committee – Member; • Talladega College – Former Board Member; • Former President – NAACP Stamford Charter; and • Visiting Professor - Loyola University in New Orleans and at Talladega College in Alabama.

He is survived by his wife of 43 years, JJ Parson, daughter Eve Cynthia Parson, son Harry L. Parson III, (Kristal), grandsons Darryl M. Phillips, Cole A. Philips and a host of friends and family. Condolences may be sent to 29 Trailing Rock Lane, Stamford, CT 06903 or online at


  • Memorial Service Saturday, August 24, 2013

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Roxanne Scheidt

September 11, 2013

So very sorry to learn of your husband's passing, J.J. Please accept my condolences and sympathy for your loss and know that my thoughts are with you during this sad and difficult time.

Eve Parson

August 28, 2013

There is not a day that will go by, that I won't miss you Daddy. You were the apple of my eye since I was a little girl. Your strength and the talks we had will be cherished a lifetime. You were a loving father and grandfather to Harry and I, and the boys. R.I.P Ole' Great One...

Harry Parson

August 27, 2013

Eve and I will miss you Dad. You were a great mentor, consultant and friend. I could not have asked for a better father. We will never forget you..

Your Son, Harry III

Tim Marshall

August 27, 2013

My sympathies to you Eve and Harry and the Parsons family.

Ginger Campbell

August 27, 2013

So sorry to hear of your family's loss. Our deepest sympathies.

George Corsilia

August 25, 2013

I only have to think of Harry and I can still hear his wonderful, infectious laugh. He was "one of a kind" and I will miss him.

Cassandra McKay-Jackson

August 25, 2013

My prayers are with you all. May you find comfort in the Lord.

Darryl Phillips

August 24, 2013

Mr. P's sense of humor and quick wit will surely be missed. His love for his family and unending support were commendable. He enjoyed life and lived it to the fullest. He never slowed down and lived life with the throttle on full. His guidance and listening ear have been a source of strength for those that knew him. My children have lost not only a grandfather, but a good friend. I'm truly sadden by his loss and send my sincere condolences to J.J, Eve, And Harry III.

Catherine Prostovich

August 24, 2013


Please accept our heartfelt sympathies on your loss of Harry. May you and your family find peace and comfort in the days ahead.

Cathy and Jim Prostovich
Pottstown, Pennsylvania

Cathy and Jim Prostovich
Pottstown, Pennsylvania

Pamela Koprowski

August 24, 2013

I was so saddened to learn of Harry's passing; he was an extraordinary human being with a zest for life and compassion for others. He will be sorely missed by all in this community and beyond. My sincere condolences to his family.