Robert E. ''Bob'' Parrish, EdD
Licensed Funeral Director / Crematory Operator / Notary Public
Bob possesses an earned Doctorate in education from the University of Delaware, and a Bachelor of Arts and Master of Arts degree in music from Trenton State College. Bob joined Griffith-Cline Funeral and Cremation Services in July 2002, following a 35 year career in higher education. Prior to his retirement from academia, Bob was an Associate Professor of Music at The College of New Jersey, where he was Artistic Director of the college’s Opera Theatre and also served as Chairperson of the Music Department. Upon his retirement, he was awarded the title Professor Emeritus of Music and in 2006 was awarded the college’s highest honor: the Alumni Citation.
In addition to his work in education, Bob was also affiliated with Trinity Episcopal Cathedral in Trenton, NJ, where he served on the music staff as a member of the professional cathedral choir, also serving as conductor of festival services and concerts. At present, he is Artistic Director of Musica Sacra of Sarasota. It is the Florida Gulf Coast region’s only choral ensemble dedicated solely to the presentation of sacred music. He is also the Music Director of The Hillwood Singers, a choral ensemble comprised of singers from the US, England, Finland, Belgium and Germany that serves as Choir in Residence at one of England's great cathedrals each summer.
A Licensed Funeral Director, Bob serves as the firm's Manager. Bob and his wife Joan reside with their furry son Buster in East Manatee County. In addition to their travels within the US, they have visited more than 20 countries and spend considerable time each year in England and France.