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Joseph Allen Parkinson
  • October 04, 1929
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  • July 25, 2009

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Joseph Allen Parkinson died Saturday, July 25, 2009, in his 80th year, at home in Edgewater, Florida.  Born 10-04-1929 in Rhode Island Joe was President of his class and of the student council his senior year in high school. His class voted him the Best Personality, Most Popular, Best Pal and Best Dispositioned. During his working years and through retirement those traits remained. During his graduation speech he said, “Sometimes, while trying earnestly, we meet detours on the road of life. If we regard these deviations as a challenge, we shall meet life with greater determination – and eventually realize our dreams. In order to live as we have dreamed we must think clearly, live effectively and have a tremendous amount of faith.” As Joe proceeded through life he stayed true to the words of his youth. In life and as a leader for 25years in the Vermont ski industry he met many challenges and always had clarity in the best direction to take and faith in his ability to get where he wanted.  In his retirement he said, “I am not afraid of getting older, I just don’t want to get old”. While breathing issues prevented him from being physically active he and Mary, his wife, had a life filled with adventure. Three days before his death they drove along the intra-coastal looking for alligators, they saw several including one really big one. When Joe was asked what he wanted people to know he said, “That I am extremely grateful for the life I have lived … and that I love my family and am extremely proud to be their father and husband.” When Joe was asked what he wanted his last day to be like. He said, “It would be like today, just another good day.” On Saturday Joe had a piece of fresh blueberry pie, his favorite, then died as he was about to cut the grass. True to his wishes Joe never got old, he lived life right to the end. A few months ago Joe was asked what he wanted his epitaph to say. He responded, “He was a kind, thoughtful, generous, loving husband, father and friend.”  He was indeed all of that and more.   A Memorial Service is planned for September 12 at the Sugarbush Resort in Warren, Vermont.

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  1. 29 Aug 2009
    Anne Silloway says:
    Dear Mary, I'm so very saddened by Joes' passing. I think of you often. Am very much hoping to see you in September when you are here for the service at Sugarbush. Please stay in touch with me,
    Your friend, Anne

  2. 19 Aug 2009
    Glenn Turner says:
    I can still hear the echoes of Joe’s voice from the last phone calls we had: wistful, nostalgic, and tender. Though I’m 74 years old, Joe always saw me as a kind of younger brother. He lived at our house for a time when I was in my teens. My sister Ruth tells me my father considered adopting him. He was very much a part of our family. And, he was most respectful and fond of my father.

    Joe took the time to play catch, take shots at the basketball hoop, and toss a football with me. He was a dare-devil driving: on our narrow street weaving in and out of driveways, wheels on and off the sidewalk as he drove. He taught me to drive. He appreciated the classical music that I loved. He endured my endless chatter about the Yankees. He was also very protective of me.

    As we both grew older, we cherished the memory of our early relationship. It was a bond we both felt deeply.

    My thoughts are with you, Mary, and with you, Glenn, Laurie, Gary, and Linell. Though Joe has completed his life, that smile and the twinkle of pleasure that would come to his eyes will linger for us all.

    Glenn Turner

  3. 03 Aug 2009
    Erin Campos says:
    Mary (and family) I am so sorry for your loss. Joe was such a pleasant guy. I worked at VSAA for about 8 years and had the pleasure of meeting both of you and talking with you on the phone. Please find comfort in knowing that many, many people have very fond memories of Joe and wish you all the best. With Sympathy, Erin

  4. 01 Aug 2009
    Don Lyons says:
    Joe we traveled many promotional roads together - some with bumps and curves, but mostly straight with success.
    Thanks for all the fond memories.
    Don Lyons

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