Love and memories last forever...
  • 84 years old
  • Born on August 29, 1933 .
  • Passed away on July 7, 2018 .

Richard D. Sparks, Sr. "Dick", 84, of South Harrison Twp., NJ passed away on July 7, 2018.

Beloved husband of Grace (nee Malignaggi) Sparks, devoted father of Richard D. Sparks, Jr. and his wife Theresa, John S. Sparks and his wife Carol, and Gina M. Sparks, loving grandfather of Ashley, Eric, Keana, Samantha, and Rick, great grandfather of Julianna and Bryson. Dear brother of Robert Sparks and his late wife Elizabeth and Lawrence Sparks and his wife Barbara, and also survived by many nieces and nephews. Predeceased by his parents, John and Ella (nee Moore) Sparks.

Dick was raised in Swedesboro. He had been employed with Chemical Lehman Truck Lines for 33 years. He enjoyed gardening, hunting, fishing and was an avid motorcyclist. He loved the outdoors.

Relatives and friends are invited to his viewing Friday, July 13, 2018 from 9-10:45 am at the Catholic Community of the Holy Spirit Parish Center, 17 Earlington Ave., Mullica Hill, NJ 08062, where his Funeral Mass will begin at 11 am.  Interment will be private. 

In lieu of flowers, donations to the Alzheimer's  Foundation at www.alzfdn.org would be deeply appreciated.

Posted by Albert Rohrman on 12th July 2018
Dick, we go back a long way to the days on Franklin Street. Fond memories of a great guy from fishing on the lake, to Edie working for Grace. Our prayers are with you all. Be at Peace, my friend. Butch
Posted by Marcie DeJong on 12th July 2018
I am very sorry for your loss, my love and care is with you all. God has something that he wants all mankind to know in his historical book. The Scriptures indicate that it is possible to be reunited with your dead loved one in the near future, not in an unknown heaven but right here on earth under peaceful, righteous conditions. And at that time humans will have the prospect of enjoying perfect health, and they will never have to die again. ‘But surely that is wishful thinking!’ some may say. To believe in a promise, you would need to be certain that the one making the promise is both willing and able to fulfill it. Who, then, is it that promises that the dead will live again? Jesus Christ boldly promised: “Just as the Father raises the dead up and makes them alive, so the Son also makes those alive whom he wants to. Do not marvel at this, because the hour is coming in which all those in the memorial tombs will hear his [Jesus’] voice and come out.” (John 5:21,28, 29) Yes, Jesus Christ promised that millions now dead will live again on this earth and have the prospect of remaining on it forever under peaceful, Paradisaic conditions.Since Jesus made the promise, it is safe to assume that he is willing to fulfill it. But is he able to do so? If you accept the existence of God, you should have no problem believing in the resurrection. The Book of John chapter 11 gives us the true answer. For more information please go to the JW.org website.
Posted by Charlotte Holladay on 12th July 2018
My sincere condolences on the passing of Dickie. As a small child I remember him on his motorcycle. May be rest in peace. Charlotte Moore Holladay

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