Michael Parmelee, an extraordinary musical talent, passed away March 23rd in Port Charlotte, Florida. Born April 14, 1947 in Cleveland, Ohio. He is preceded in death by his parents Frederick and Kathryn Parmelee and survived by his brother Douglas Parmelee, nephews Nathan and Matthew Parmelee, great niece Naomi Parmelee, great nephews Elijah and Jacob Parmelee. Also, there is a cousin in Alabama, Bill Curtis and cousins in Ohio and Arizona.
Michael’s life brought him as a youth from Ohio to Macon Georgia. This was followed by musical training at Florida State and North Texas State Universities becoming proficient on saxophone. In his youth he branched out into piano starting in a combo in Macon and eventually to the house bands at the famous five-star hotels, The Homestead and Greenbriar inVirginia and West Virginia.
Moving to Port Charlotte around 1990 he was instrumental in both the formation of the Port Charlotte Jazz Society and its development as a prominent organization in the State of Florida. He organized concerts for some of Florida’s best musicians as well as some known throughout the U.S., occasionally joining them for a set with his sax. He entertained throughout South Florida dance and dinner combos, stage bands, rock groups and did solo piano work at private parties.
Mike had a keen mind and could bring clarity to a situation through an amazing grasp of facts. He was a dedicated fact checker. His quick and clever words could catch you by surprise and have you laughing. He also should be honored for his patience and perseverance as he cared for his mother at the end of her life.
To those who by spontaneity or necessity had the joy of a conversation with Mike Parmelee, it is certain that all would agree that in his passing a real treasure has been taken from us all.