Tributes paid to former Defence Forces Chief of Staff following his passing

Tributes paid to former Defence Forces Chief of Staff following his passing

Lt Gen James (Jim) Parker passed away peacefully, in the care of Naas Hospital, after a short illness earlier this week, aged 91.

Former Chief of Staff of the Defence Forces, retired Lieutenant General James (Jim) Parker, has been lauded as an exemplary figure who "displayed all of the values that underpin Óglaigh na hÉireann" following his passing. 

Lt Gen Parker passed away peacefully, in the care of Naas Hospital, after a short illness earlier this week, aged 91. 

Born in Mitchelstown, Lt Gen Parker joined the Defence Forces as a cadet on May 25, 1948. 

Two years later, he was commissioned to the Infantry Corps as a Second Lieutenant. 

During his military career, which spanned over four decades, Lt Gen Parker served in a range of different units and roles including the 4th Infantry Battalion, Military College Instructor in the Cadet School, Infantry School and Command and Staff School, second in Command and Executive Officer for the Western Command and Curragh Command and Adjutant General. 

He was promoted to Chief of Staff on October 16, 1989.

Lt Gen James (Jim) Parker passed away peacefully, in the care of Naas Hospital, after a short illness earlier this week, aged 91.
Lt Gen James (Jim) Parker passed away peacefully, in the care of Naas Hospital, after a short illness earlier this week, aged 91.

He also served in a range of overseas missions with the UN in Congo, Cyprus, Lebanon, India and Pakistan.

In 1992, Lt Gen Parker retired on age grounds. 

He was married to the late Breeda and is survived by their six children, Eamonn, Liam (Billy), Siobhan, Colman, Ciaran and Diarmuid. 

Ciaran Parker is a former Air Corps Officer who joined the Cadet School in November 1982.

Minister with responsibility for Defence, Paul Kehoe TD, has today paid tribute to Lt Gen Parker for his services to the State.

"In a distinguished 44-year military career, Lt Gen Parker served the State with courage and conviction culminating in his appointment as Chief of Staff in 1989.

"As a leader, a public servant and mentor, Lt Gen Parker displayed all of the values that underpin Óglaigh na hÉireann.

"While at home, he filled various senior positions in the army and in Defence Forces Headquarters.

"He also provided dedicated service to UN peacekeeping missions in many conflict zones as well as making an important contribution to the development of modern peacekeeping.

"On behalf of the Government and the entire Defence Organisation, I wish to pay my deepest condolences to Jim’s family and friends."

Under usual circumstances, Lt Gen Parker would have received a State funeral, however, due to the coronavirus restrictions, this could not take place. 

A memorial mass and a celebration of his life will be held at a later date. 

Those who would have liked to attend the funeral, but due to current restrictions cannot, can leave a message of condolence on RIP.ie: 

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