OBITUARY: Aunt sally champ Parker dies at 76

Oxford Mail: Ron Parker with one of his many trophies Ron Parker with one of his many trophies

Ron Parker, a three-times Oxford & District aunt sally singles champion, has died, aged 76.

Parker, of Cumnor, won the Oxford crown in 1962 and 1965 while playing for the Edward VII pub on Abingdon Road.

A gap of 21 years then passed until he won the title for a third time in 1986, beating his teammate, Ken Wilmer, from the Cross Keys in South Hinksey, in the final.

He also won the Oxford pairs title with Neville Crook in 1968 and was a member of the Edward VII and Cross Keys teams, which won the league championship and the Halls Cup.

Parker also played for the Cross Keys in the Abingdon & District League, recording a hat-trick of singles titles from 1979-81.

He leaves a widow Anne, daughters Helen and Caroline, and grandchildren Edward and James.

A funeral service will be held at Oxford Crematorium tomorrow (2.15pm).

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