Long-time Virginia jumper Harry Parrish passed away over the weekend at West Point Skydiving Adventures. James Bennett shared these thoughts about Harry with us. Please feel free to add your own memories in the comments, or e-mail them to us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
“In the past two weeks, I had jumped twice with him, and have been really close for the past year. He was a father-figure to a lot of us, but I felt especially close to the guy, being ex-military.
Harry would do anything for anyone, he was just built that way. If he wasn’t burning down the woods with an oversized bonfire in Louisa, he was popping wheelies on the tractor at West Point while hauling the battery trailer to the King Air. I only had the honor to know him for two years, but I can remember almost every interaction we had, he just made that kind of impression on you. Harry was bigger than life.
Here’s the picture from my log book. It was taken on 10-13-08 after my AFF L2 jump at Skydive Virginia! in Louisa. Harry was on my reserve side.
What pages from a logbook can tell you about someone can probably say more than anything else.
I really, really loved Harry, and he will be missed by everyone that ever knew him.”