William Ross Parmelee, 73, of Essex died on Nov. 15, 2021 at the University of Vermont Medical Center.
He was born on June 22, 1948 in Tupper Lake, NY the son of Samuel and Jean (Schermerhorn) Parmelee. He was a 1967 graduate of Tupper Lake Central School, Paul Smith’s College in 1969 and Syracuse College of Environmental Science and Forestry with a degree in forest engineering in 1971.
On Aug. 12, 1972, Bill married Lois Reandeau. They enjoyed 49 years of marriage, with lots of laughter and adventures.
He was the founder and president of Parmelee Enterprises, a forest product brokering and timber harvesting business. Through his 22 years of owning this business, he traveled all up and down New England and Canada, driving 50,000 miles each year. He knew every great breakfast stop between Voorheesville, NY and Montreal — and made good friends at each stop.
Bill was the busiest retired guy you would ever know. Between serving in the Essex Rotary, giving tours at Shelburne Farms, cheering on his granddaughters at their cross country meets and bicycling across Vermont and Canada with Lois and his friends — it was amazing he still had time to organize gin and tonic socials with his neighbors. He was also a great baker — often leaving baked goods on the doorsteps of unsuspecting family and friends.
Bill and Lois are regulars at St. Lawrence Catholic Church where they are Eucharistic ministers.
Bill is survived by his wife, Lois, children: Renee Dall and her husband Tim; son Michael Parmelee and wife Becky; and the 3 grandchildren that were the joy of his life — Taylore, Emily and James. He is also survived by his brother Robert and sister Deborah. He was predeceased by his parents, brother James and sister Linda.