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ZOOM Memorial Service Planned for Hard Times Cafe Founder Fred Parker

Frederic Goodfellow Parker (1941-2020) will be remembered for his pioneering spirit and his numerous contributyions to Upper King Street and the entire City of Alexandria. His family plans to hold a virtual Zoom Memorial on May 10, 2020 in addition to a larger, more formal celebration of his life TBD. (Photo: Steven Halperson/Nina Tisara Photography)

ALEXANDRIA, VA – The family of Fred Parker, an Alexandria Living Legend who founded the iconic Hard Times Cafe in Alexandria, Virginia, is planning a virtual ZOOM Memorial on Sunday, May 10, at 3 p.m.

According to a post made by Carol Christensen on Caring Bridge, “A virtual memorial will be held for Fred this Sunday, May 10th at 3pm on ZOOM. To be clear, we’re still hoping to have an in-person service once it’s safe to all be together. Until then, we invite you to have a beer, share a story or two about Fred and join his many friends in celebrating his extraordinary life.

We aren’t planning anything too formal – this will just be a place for friends to connect, have a beer in Fred’s honor, and share our favorite memories and stories. Fred’s family will begin with a few remarks and then open up the floor. To prevent any inadvertent chaos, I ask that you please email me ( [email protected]) beforehand if you want to speak about Fred – please let me know by Saturday evening (5/9) if you plan to speak. I will keep a list of speakers and will serve as a sort of master of ceremonies. If there are still people who would like to speak who didn’t email me, they’ll have a chance toward the end of the call. Please email [email protected] if you would like to speak about Fred.”

If you have the ZOOM application on your computer, you will be able to join the call on Sunday by clicking the meeting link in the meeting info below. If you would prefer to join this call on your phone, you will just need to dial the call-in number and then when prompted, enter the meeting ID number (all of this info is also listed below).

ZOOM meeting information for the call this Sunday (5/10) at 3pm

Memorial for Fred Parker
Time: May 10, 2020 03:00 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada)



+1 301 715 8592 US (Germantown)
+1 929 205 6099 US (New York)
+1 312 626 6799 US (Chicago)
+1 669 900 6833 US (San Jose)
+1 253 215 8782 US (Tacoma)
+1 346 248 7799 US (Houston)

RELATED: Saying Goodbye: A Son Asks for Voicemails for His Father, Hard Times Founder Fred Parker


Mary Wadland

Mary Wadland is the Publisher and Editor in Chief of The Zebra Press, founded by her in 2010. Originally from Delray Beach, Florida, Mary is a Phi Beta Kappa graduate of Hollins College in Roanoke, VA and has lived and worked in the Alexandria publishing community since 1987.

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