The Honorable Harry Parrish

This week the Commonwealth lost a key player in the game that is the legislative give and take on revenues and appropriations, tax and spend, budget and implement, Finance Committee chairman, Delegate Harry J. Parrish.

Delegate Parrish wore both his green Finance Committee sport jacket and the title “honorable” with equal aplomb. He could be almost impish at times, yet never lost his dignity and respect for the institutions in which he served us. A true war hero and patriot, Parrish was still a gentle soul. Successful and an unrelenting force when he needed to be, he was still humble. He always addressed me as “gal,” and I always felt respected and honored rather than diminished.

I will miss his good humor, the warmth of his smile, and the civility that he brought to the legislative process. It can sometimes be difficult to be a person both liked and respected … not so for Harry. If current and future legislators were guided by the “standards of conduct” set by the gentleman from Manassass, the Commonwealth would be well-served.


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