John W. ‘Willie’ Parker (G 50-55)
Long-serving Lancashire solicitor and former Blackburn Rugby Club President, J. W. Parker died on 26th August 2014 after a short illness. He had been in legal practice since 1960, latterly as a single practitioner. Rugby had been a lifelong passion which he had begun when he was a pupil at St Bees School. A father of four, he played as a flanker for the Blackburn club as well as being a wicketkeeper/batsman for East Lancashire C.C.. His son Andrew says: ‘My father was passionate, determined and stubborn. He lived life at 100 miles per hour and will be much missed.’ The current President of the Blackburn Club, Paul Whitehead, says: ‘John played a key role in the club for virtually all his life. He was a player, its President, a Trustee, and its legal adviser. He made a tremendous contribution in many ways and we mourn his passing’.