Chester Stanley Parkes, 91, passed peacefully in his sleep on Wednesday, December 13, 2017 at Brandywine in South Brunswick.
Born and raised in Jersey City, New Jersey, Chester attended St. Anthony's grammar school and then went on to James J. Ferris High School where he and his football team were the state champions. He first met the love of his life, Catherine Outwater, during his high school years at a church dance at St. Lucy’s in Jersey City. Upon graduating from high school, the football champ served his country in World War II as signalman in the U.S. Army.
After the war, Chester returned home to Jersey City. In 1946, he began attending New York University's School of Commerce Accounts and Finance (now NYU Stern) on the G.I. Bill. He married Catherine on September 3, 1947. Chester graduated from NYU in 1951 and was the first in his family to graduate from college.
He and his wife built a wonderful life together in Chatham, New Jersey where they raised three successful children. During the 44 years that Chester and his family resided in Chatham, he was a truly active member of the community serving the town as a coach and treasurer of sports leagues among other services. He had always been a New York Giants football fan and sports enthusiast as well as an all-around athlete and is remembered for leading an active life full of sailing, swimming and tennis into his 80s. In addition to athletics, Chester had a passion for cooking, always filled his home with wonderful music and had a plethora of fun-filled tales of exciting moments in his domestic and international travels.
Chester was the true embodiment of the American dream – after working in the corporate business world for several years, he founded Industrial & Commercial Leasing Company that he ran as the CEO for nearly 40 years. He ran the company successfully until he retired when he was 87.
He will be remembered as a loving husband, father and grandfather by his wife, Catherine Parkes, their three children Chester Parkes, Jr., John Parkes and Judith Blinick, as well as three grandchildren, Morgan Parkes, Dr. Lauren Parkes and George Blinick.
The Mather Hodge Funeral Home
40 Vandeventer Avenue
Princeton, NJ 08542
Saturday, December 16, 2017
Viewing: 2 - 4 PM
Service: 4 - 4:30 PM
In lieu of flowers, please make a donation to The Alzheimer’s Foundation of America https://alzfdn.org/
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