RICHMOND, Va. (WRIC) – Students and staff at George Wythe High School have come together to celebrate the life of former principal Riddick Parker Jr., who died while riding his bike 10 days before school starts.

Parker was riding his bike on the morning of August 19 when he died suddenly. The memorial service celebrating his life was held inside the auditorium at George Wythe High School on Thursday.

Richmond Public Schools Superintendent Jason Kamras, Acting Principal of George Wythe High School James A. Brown, staff and students were in attendance, along with speakers sharing Parker’s positive vision for the school.

Riddick Parker, the principal of George Wythe High School died suddenly while riding his bike in August.

“I want to say to Riddick, if he listens, we will never forget you and we will always move forward with your vision,” Kamras said during his speech.

“May your soul rest in peace, we will never forget you,” student Shyla Scott said during the service.

Thursday’s service also featured a video tribute to Parker from George Wythe’s staff.

Before pursuing a career in education, Parker played in the National Football League as a defensive tackle, attending and playing at the University of North Carolina. He won a Super Bowl when play for the New England Patriots.