THIS IS WHAT SUSAN SNYDER READ AT ALAN’S SERVICE– CASUAL REMEMBRANCES FROM FRIENDS.
Alan Parmalee was a quiet man. He never sought attention—he just went about his business lending a helping hand to whatever group or whatever person needed a helping hand. In the early 1980s there was a move by a group of concerned citizens to protect our environmentally sensitive natural area habitats. Scrub jays and gopher tortoises were under stress. The group known as Coalition for Wilderness Islands decided to sponsor a bond issue to raise funds. Alan Parmalee kept the minutes and financial records. He worked hard on this project. No one in the group believed that a bond issue could be successful. But thanks to Grace Iverson at FAU, Stella Rossi, Rosa Durando, Alan Parmalee, Leah Schad, Chuck Potter, Audubon Society of the Everglades, Florida Native Plant Society and others, two multimillion dollar bond issues were passed. These bond issues have been used to buy the lands for the many natural areas you now see in Palm Beach County. Managed now by PBC ERM, they are considered some of the finest habitat areas established in the county and are the model for many other county natural areas throughout the state.
Alan played a great part in helping this vision come to pass. Now thousands enjoy these areas thanks to his support. He has had a part in Audubon Society for many years. When the Royal Palm Audubon chapter aged out, Alan handled the transfer of assets to Everglades chapter.
The week he died he was busy moving tables and chairs at our meeting!
Our Audubon will miss him greatly.
In lieu of flowers, his family has suggested that donations be made in Alan’s name to ASE. You can mail a check or donate online at www.auduboneverglades.org/donate/.