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Leon Evans Parker

May 17, 1939 — March 22, 2024

White Plains, NY

On March 22, 2024, Leon E. Parker, born on May 17, 1939, died peacefully in White Plains. Leon was raised in Tarrytown, NY. and lived all of his adult life in White Plains, N.Y. Leon was predeceased by his parents, Etta and Gilbert Parker, Tarrytown, NY, his brother Ronald Parker, and stepson Andre de Leon. He leaves behind, his wife of 47 years, Michelle, along with his sister Sue Parker, his six children and twelve grandchildren. Left to continue his legacy, are his children Crystal, Leon, Tara, her partner DeVon Heathington, Brian his wife Ayeshah, Jason his wife Adriana, his twelve grandchildren, a host of extended family members, nieces, nephews and numerous friends.   

 Having retired from the US Postal Service after a 45-year career, Leon stayed active with various part-time jobs until he found his dream position at the White Plains Bus Company. He drove a school bus, which he loved. Despite reaching his eighties, Leon continued driving the bus and would have likely kept going into his nineties if his health permitted. He cherished the children and camaraderie among the bus drivers, taking his duty seriously. There was an amusing incident when his wife tried to get his attention while he was driving the bus, but he remained focused on his task. That evening his wife recounted the event at dinner. Didn’t you see me, she asked. To which he replied, “I had a bus full of kids, I have to pay attention to where I’m going and not wave to crazy women flagging down bus drivers”.  Leon enjoyed simple humor and had a passion for the little things in life. He even used variations of "school bus" in several of his passwords and collected miniature yellow school buses, eagerly waiting for his youngest grandson to enjoy them.

 Leon had a strong passion for music, including Earth, Wind & Fire, Donna Summer, and Willie Nelson, as well as trips to Maine, fishing, working in his garden (or making you work in his garden) and just being home (sitting in his chair). Yet, Leon’s greatest love was his children. He was a devoted father who believed in loving and spoiling his children. 

 The Parker Family wish to extend their gratitude and love to those who knew and loved Leon as we always have.

 In lieu of flowers, a donation can be made to Woodlands High School Scholarship Fund, Inc. P.O. Box 139, Hartsdale, N.Y. 10530

 

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