UB Mourns the Loss of Former Wrestler

July 8, 2010 Updated Jul 8, 2010 at 3:30 PM EDT

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UB Mourns the Loss of Former Wrestler

July 8, 2010 Updated Jul 8, 2010 at 3:30 PM EDT

BUFFALO, NY (WKBW/UB) -- 2008 University at Buffalo graduate, and former wrestling team captain, Jeff Parker succumbed to his battle with cancer on Saturday evening, surrounded by his immediate family.

In his senior year, Parker posted 27 wins and was awarded the 'Ideal Bull' Award and earned a spot on the Academic All-MAC wrestling team. A three-year member of the Student-Athlete Advisory Committee, Parker earned the SUNY Chancellor award in 2008 for his combination of academic and athletic prowess. He was last on UB¹s campus in late January, when the Division of Athletics hosted its first 'Takedown Cancer' event in his honor, raising over $35,000 for cancer research.

Jeff was the beloved son of Walter B. Parker III and Roberta Parker and devoted brother of Shawn Parker of Foxboro. Relatives and friends are kindly invited to attend calling hours on Wednesday, May 26 from 4 to 8 p.m. at the Roberts and Sons Funeral Home, 30 South St., Foxboro, MA.

A funeral Mass will be celebrated on Thursday, May 24 at 10 a.m. at St.
Mary¹s Church, Carpenter Street, Foxboro. Interment will follow at St.
Mary¹s Cemetery, Foxboro. For additional information, please call 508-543-5471. To light a special candle in Jeff¹s memory, please visit the funeral home website at www.robertsandsonsfuneral.com.

If you wish, donations in Jeff¹s memory may be made to the Jeff Parker Memorial Scholarship Fund, c/o Citizens Bank, 377 Chauncy St., Mansfield, MA 02048.
"Jeff was one of our very best in every way," said UB head coach Jim Beichner. "I will miss him dearly. Every memory I have of Jeff is a great memory and I was blessed to be his coach and his friend. I hope that we can celebrate his life and keep in mind all of the great memories and fun times we had with him."

Jeff was born on Nov. 10, 1984 in Stoughton. He was a graduate of Foxboro High School, Class of 2003, and a graduate of the University at Buffalo, Class of 2008.

Jeff was employed as a construction manager for the Kraft Group in Foxboro and was an assistant wrestling coach at Franklin High School. He was the captain of the Foxboro High School football team and captain of the Foxboro High School wrestling team. He was the New England Wrestling champion in 2003 and was also an All State champion and Sectional champion.