Dennis Parrish
(updated Feb. 8, 2016)
den grade 9
ninth grade
kids
with children Corey and Krista 2005
den-mar
with fiance Maria 2009

I was born in Rome, NY on Griffiss Air Force Base in 1952 in the hospital that was formerly on the grounds where the new RFA is now.   I lived on the base in two different housing areas - Air City until age 9, and Skyline Terrace at age 10.

While in Air City, I attended Bell Road Elementary School (currently named Jerry C. Clough Elementary) from kindergarten through fourth grade.  When I lived in Skyline Terrace, I attended Bellamy Elementary for most of fifth grade.

When my dad retired from the Air Force, we moved less than a mile from the base into Tuxedo Trailer Park.  I then attended the rest of fifth grade and all of sixth grade at Columbus Elementary.  This is where I met Phil Domenico, Susan Sutter, Candy Knudsen, Bob DiCaprio, Jo Ann Gotti, Joanne Dandino, Mark Tagliaferri, Dennis Ceklovsky, Jimmy VanDresar, Dianne Bartolotti, and Paul Andrews - all of whom have connections to RCR.

I continued on to Staley Junior High for seventh, eighth, and about a week or two in ninth grade.  We also moved from Tuxedo to Acchino's Trailer Park for my last year in Rome, which is behind Bucky's on Floyd Avenue.

I moved from Rome in 1966 just after starting 9th grade at Staley when my dad got a new job in Philadelphia, PA and I have lived in this area since.

When I moved I kept in touch with friends from Staley, but as the years passed, keeping in touch faded with many with the exception of my best friend Jimmy Peterson.

I always had a passion for music and started playing guitar at age 12.  I taught myself a lot of popular rock for the next 8 years by listening to records.  But at age 20, I heard an album by the world's most known classical guitarist Andres Segovia which changed my musical direction.  I got serious, took classical guitar lessons, and began college as a music major at age 24.

I was married in 1979 and divorced in 1995.  My ex and I have always remained friendly.  We have two very musically talented children - Krista age 30 and Corey who sadly died after his 21st birthday in 2008. I'll never quite get used to typing that.   Their websites are here:

http://kristaparrish.com/
and
http://coreyparrish.com/

In 1990, though I had never attended RFA as a high school student, I wrote to John Mastrangelo and asked if I could attend RFA's 20 year reunion.  I knew I would be able to see old friends from Staley.  I attended and had a great time which continued throughout that weekend.  I mostly hung out with Val Catalano and Liz Rocco at the reunion and later that weekend.

I have currently been working in the computer field as a systems analyst and have been in the computer field in different capacities since 1989.

I played in a few bands along the way, but I'd have to say one of my most memorable musical moments was being picked as a volunteer to sing "Ebony and Ivory" in a live performance seated right next to Stevie Wonder at the Valley Forge Music Fair December 4, 1983.  You can read the whole story at this link:

http://denparrish.com/fame.html

Music is still a passion for me and I often play in my daughter Krista's band in and around the Philadelphia area.  I compose music now and then which can be heard on my website and internet radio:

http://denparrish.com/
and
http://indiemusicpeople.com/artist.aspx?ID=62981

Any and every song I've written is available to anyone in RCR in MP3 format at no cost if you email me and tell me the title.  If you'd prefer a CD, that is fine too and also free to RCR members.

I married my current wife Maria June 20, 2013 after a very long immigration process which began in May 2009.  With that marriage have come two beautiful daughters - Airish 22 and Maricriz 18.  We are still trying to have Maria's son Mark, age 24,  come to the U.S permanently.

I am thrilled to have reconnected with my Roman friends and to also meet some I hadn't known back in the day, but feel mighty close to them now!




background music - a mostly instrumental version of "Shape of My Heart", a Sting song





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