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Town Pay Tribute to Long-Serving Staff Member Parker
Monday, 11th Dec 2017 13:30

Town boss Mick McCarthy, skipper Luke Chambers and academy head of coaching and player development Bryan Klug have paid tribute to long-serving staff member Dick Parker, who died suddenly over the weekend.

Parker, who is understood to have suffered a heart attack in Stowmarket on Saturday, had worked at the club for 20 years, most recently as academy kitman and caretaker at Playford Road.

“It’s desperately sad news,” McCarthy told the official site. “It has affected everyone at the club. He was much-loved by the players, by all the staff at the training ground.

“He would be the first one in and the last one to leave. The club will have to employ three people to replace him. 

“He was a big character, a big personality. Even the eight-year-old academy boys loved him and called him the giant. He was a gentle giant and he will be missed greatly by us all.”

Skipper Chambers added: “He has been at the club for as long as anyone can remember and was a great personality.

“Words can’t put into perspective what we feel at the moment. He did so much for the football club and the community. He is a massive loss for everyone and obviously our thoughts are with his family.”

Klug said: “Everyone who was part of the academy knew Dick – he was a true gentleman with a heart of gold.

“He dedicated a huge part of his life to Ipswich Town and particularly the training ground and academy.

“He leaves a massive hole and will be impossible to replace. He was so conscientious in his work and was always willing to do anything to help others.

“His family have said Ipswich Town was a massive part of Dick’s life and how much he loved his job and being amongst the players and staff.  We are all so shocked at this loss.”

Dick, a familiar face to everyone who spends time at Playford Road, leaves a wife and four sons.

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BlueandTruesince82 added 13:54 - Dec 11
Always sad to lose one of our own.

RIP Dick

TractorBeezer added 14:41 - Dec 11
Very sad. RIP Dick.

Freddies_Ears added 15:42 - Dec 11
That's a horrible shock. Absolutely wonderful guy, had time for everyone. I always had a chat with him when down at the Academy.


itsonlyme added 16:02 - Dec 11
So so sad! Losing another valuable member of the town team.
RIP Dick.

BlueBlood90 added 16:44 - Dec 11
RIP Dick. Thank you for everything you did at ITFC.

jas0999 added 17:04 - Dec 11
Desperately sad news. A true ITFC man. Thoughts with family.

StowTractorBoy added 17:59 - Dec 11
So so sad. Thoughts are with his family and friends. He was obviously very popular and will be a big miss for the Club. RIP.

dangerous30 added 18:52 - Dec 11
RIP Dick thoughts with your family and friends

ronnyd added 19:24 - Dec 11
Good of Tyrone to tweet, respect to you.

Taricco_Fan added 19:56 - Dec 11
Very sad news.

Rest in peace.

coolcat added 22:36 - Dec 11
Very sad news. My thoughts and prayers are with his family.

Sam added 07:10 - Dec 12

blueboy1981 added 13:57 - Dec 12
R.I.P. Dick Parker.

Condolences to his Family and Friends at this sad time.

blueboy1981 added 13:57 - Dec 12
R.I.P. Dick Parker.

Condolences to his Family and Friends at this sad time.

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