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Gary Robert Parsons

Quaker Street - Gary R. Parsons, 67, died peacefully on Wednesday April 25, 2012. Born on October 15, 1944 in Deposit, NY, he was the son of the late Wilbur and Mary Jean Parsons. He was a graduate of Cornell University. He went on to become a Wildlife Biologist for the NYS Department of Environmental Conservation, eventually retiring as the Bureau Chief of Wildlife. He enjoyed traveling. He was an avid hunter and fisherman. He had a great love and passion for the people around him. Gary is survived by a son Shannon (Kim) Parsons; a daughter Tammy Parsons; a granddog Odie; five siblings, Douglas (Joyce), Dale (Sue), Debbie (Al), Jean (Al) and Mike (Bernadette); as well as nieces, nephews, family and friends. Friends may call on Saturday, April 28, 2012 from 2 PM to 5 PM at the Fredendall Funeral Home, Altamont.


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Gary was a friend and colleague from my past years in NY but we kept in touch over the years. He will be missed by a close group of friends that worked on national issues important to the fish and wildlife conservation of this Nation. His work in NY will be remembered. My best to his family. Gordon Robertson

Gordon Robertson Apr 30 2012 12:00 AM

I remember Gary at all of the Northeast Wildlife Administrators meetings over a period of 15 years,he was a great guy, I really liked the meetings he set up in Cortland. My Deepest sympathy to all his family. members-- Mike Lapisky retired Chief of Fish & Wildlife, Rhode Island.

Mike Lapisky Apr 28 2012 12:00 AM

This has come as such a shock to us, as it has to many, many others I am sure. We have been gone from the Albany area for 34 years now...and with Bruce retired 7 years now, we aren't always in the loop of what is happening with the DEC group. Gary was Bruce's supervisor on the fisher trap and transfer program when we first moved to Albany in 1976. Well remember Gary sitting at our dining room table nights for meals when they would work on the project together or headed to/or coming from a pickup/release. Fond, fond memories of Gary and I know he will be sadly missed. Our condolensces to Shannon, Tammy and the rest of the family. Sincerely, Julie Penrod ps...we would be there today but just got this notice.....and we are 4 hours away. Please know that we are thinking of you, praying for you for strength to get you thru this.

Bruce and Julie Penrod Apr 28 2012 12:00 AM

This has come as such a shock to us, as it has to many, many others I am sure. We have been gone from the Albany area for 34 years now...and with Bruce retired 7 years now, we aren't always in the loop of what is happening with the DEC group. Gary was Bruce's supervisor on the fisher trap and transfer program when we first moved to Albany in 1976. Well remember Gary sitting at our dining room table nights for meals when they would work on the project together or headed to/or coming from a pickup/release. Fond, fond memories of Gary and I know he will be sadly missed. Our condolensces to Shannon, Tammy and the rest of the family. Sincerely, Julie Penrod ps...we would be there today but just got this notice.....and we are 4 hours away. Please know that we are thinking of you, praying for you for strength to get you thru this.

Bruce and Julie Penrod Apr 28 2012 12:00 AM

Shannon and Tammy my heart goes out to you. Your dad touched so many lives and I am very proud that I could call him a true friend.

Mizz P Apr 27 2012 12:00 AM

To Gary's loved ones, my deepest and heartfelt sympathy. My prayers are with you all. Joy Borsay, Hunter Education Coordinator Rhode Island (Retired)

Joy Borsay Apr 27 2012 12:00 AM

I miss Uncle Pete! I have enjoyed the past few years getting to know him better. Always glad to hear us call to see if the fish where biting! Always ready to go and wet our whistles! And told us the way it was, like it or not!! Thanks for being there!! We all had fun coming to FISH CAMP!!!!

Chad Parsons Apr 27 2012 12:00 AM

I have such great memories of my Uncle Pete. That laugh that makes you have to laugh along, how he always said that Tammy and I look "just like sisters", those fantastic potatoes he made on the grill to name a few. Special memories will be in my heart always. You were loved Uncle Pete and you will be missed.

Pam Parsons Powers Apr 27 2012 12:00 AM