I did not know Allan well but met him several times while playing in the annual National Recycling Conference Softball games all over the country. I sensed his love of life and realize from what I have read from his close friends, family and colleagues, we have lost a true leader for the environment and peace. My condolences to Laura and family.
Alan, Please give a really big hug and welcome to the journalist Jim Foley who was killed by terrorists. He is the dear, courageous son of my high school and college friends, John and Diane Foley. You two can carry on together, I'm sure. Miss you!
Words cannot even begin to describe how saddened I am for your loss, and all of our loss.
I worked with Alan for many years on more committees than I can count. No matter how far I advanced in my career or thought process, it seems like Alan had already been there for decades, waiting patiently with his warm smile for the rest of us to catch up to him.
It is a shame to me that more of the people whose lives have been influenced by his thoughts, his actions and his leadership have never gotten to know him personally. To the extent that I did I am forever blessed.
Thank you Alan for everything that you did. I hope that someday we can all live up to, and catch up to the vision that you had for us.
Since receiving that devastating phone call from Viv and then speaking to you, there hasn't been a day that has gone by that some beautiful memory of Alan hasn't brought a welling of emotion and a tear to my eye. I keep thinking of our childhood together and all those wonderful days with Alan and Kenny in Brooklyn living the carefree life of children growing up in the 50's and then straight into adulthood. The countless weekends of our youth with the family and friends and all the laughs we all shared together. They are forever etched in my mind as a frozen point in time that will never be diminished for as long as I live.
Alan and Kenny (I can never separate the two, for they were as one) were more than my cousins, they were truly my brothers.
As mentioned in all the tributes, Alan's smile and good nature and all his other attributes of character, kindness and goodwill to all will never be forgotten. I will greatly miss our all too infrequent long conversations on the state of the world.
There is now and forever will be a hole in my that can never be filled.
Steve & Tina
You and Alan demonstrated what a true life partnership could be both personally and professionally. Alan had such a positive outlook towards fixing what was broken in the environment or was unfair to any person or group - and he inspired others to join in the task at hand. We know that this is a staggering loss for you, and also a loss for the rest of us as well.
Bill and Margot Moomaw
Although I do not even know you I'm so sorry for your loss. The partnership of you and Alan is truly inspiring.
I'm on the West Coast and I just read about Alan because my brother-in-law forwards EcoBytes to me. I'm from Pittsfield and I like keeping track of what's happening there (I do environmental work out here). I forward pertinent info from EcoBytes to those I know living in the Berkshires (always hoping they'll take advantage of CET's wise programs).
Alan's legacy will be a long lasting one - it is clear from what I read that his wonderful spirit will live on within many people.
Peace & Love to you.
Alan and Laura are forever in my mind as a unit, both committed to making the world better. To me, they are highly successful business people who were steeped in environmental consciousness and basic good will. They have the right stuff, the right balance, to make a positive contribution in a very big way. I have not spoken to either Alan or Laura in quite awhile, yet I feel so strongly about each of them now. They are bright lights for me and so many others. Alan was a blessing to all of us. May Laura be granted abundant strength in the difficult days ahead.
You two have always been so inspirational over the decades! My heartfelt condolences to you.
Know that we always will remember Al's kind assistance in taking aside David G. for a primer in "how to bump" the volleyball! His single, gentle & compassionate act has brought my family multiple generations who relish that sport!
We will all miss his sweet smile, generosity, brilliance & spark~
All are very lucky who have had the blessing of crossing your paths!
Our prayers go out to Alan's family.
I was truly saddened to hear of Alan's passing and want to express my sincerest condolences to his mother Vivian, wife Laura and the rest of the Silverstein family. As we see he was cherished by those who knew him. May his warm and gracious spirit continue to inspire us.
Alan was a colleague, a friend, a beautiful human being, and a great inspiration! His spirit will live on in me and the many many other people whose lives he touched in such an incredibly positive way. We love you Alan!!!
Oh, I wanted more time with him...his smile and commitment was like human honey that made the world better and sweeter for him having touched us. RIP amigo.
I will remember his smile, kindness, and generosity. He was an amazing advocate for recycling and energy conservation. My condolences to all who knew him.
I think of Alan's smile; his quiet yet influential way of interacting and leading; his love of music and all things beautiful -especially Laura. Sending peace and hugs, Joy (Kirschenbaum) Gaine
Alan truly fulfilled Tikkun Olam. He repaired the world and touched many people in it. Gone too soon, but his deeds and memory will live on. Very sad. Heartfelt sympathy to Laura and all who knew and loved this special guy.
My condolences, Alan will be greatly missed. What a great life he led. May his soul soar high into the heavens.
Al was a shepherd of the human spirit and the earth. He opened his arms, offered his heart,and nurtured the good in everything and everyone.
I am so deeply sorry for those who have lost this magnificent soul in their lives, and so grateful to have known him.
Blessings to all.
A beautiful soul in a life wonderfully lived. Fond memories will keep his warm spirit and accomplishments appreciated by all who knew him.
Laura, I was saddened to here of Alan's passing. I have such fond memories of CET and the softball games. You and Alan will be in my prays. Gibby
Al made everyone laugh and feel lighter about life while at the same time doing really important work. He had an antic intelligence and a huge heart.
What beautiful work you did in the world. Thank you, Alan, for your art and your life.
My heart goes out to you as you grieve the passing of your dear life-partner, Alan. You two have been a huge inspiration to many including me. In founding NEEP many years ago I was inspired by efforts such as your joint founding of CET as a pathway to make sustainability a reality through community-based efforts. You and Alan lead the way on this – forming a non-profit for such positive and impactful change. The NEEP staff enjoyed the opportunity last spring to partner with CET to present the 2013 Northeast Energy Efficiency Summit which included a CET-organized tour to highlight the Springfield area tornado recovery effort with rebuilding with energy efficiency as a top priority – a CET and WMECo partnership. Very inspiring! All of us at NEEP send our condolences to you and thank you for your loving partnership with Alan to make the world truly a better place.
With deepest sympathy for your loss.
I will never forget Alan's many kind words and deeds. Laura, my deepest sympathy.
Gayle and I send our loving support in this time of loss. Alan certainly left an amazing legacy!
Alan was just one of the best people I have ever known. Funny, wise and so committed to CET and all the great work they do. I will miss him. Laura, my thoughts are with you.
Laura: Alan was a really GREAT person who lite up every time we would meet.
His need to make sure this earth was a better place when he left it then it was before he entered it was his mantra
I am so sorry for your loss. Alan... rest in peace knowing that you made a difference.
Dan O'Connell Pittsfield, Ma.
To all Als friends and family:
It has been a long time since I last saw "Bean" as I called him back in the day. Al was a frequent visitor to 7P in the 60s and 70s and I love to think of his extraordinary smile and warm heart. The world will miss this most gentle of spirits and his amazing energy.
Dear Vivian, My sincerest sympathy at this time. Those of your friends in Florida are saddened shocked and send our condolences. We love you and think of you in your grief. Love, Ruth and Al
Doing is in the being of Alan's believing. With my Condolences.
I haven't seen Al in maybe 30 years, but I remember a very sweet guy and an active and engaged citizen of the planet. This wonderful man will be missed. My condolences to Laura, his family and community. May his memory serve as a blessing!
Filled with emotion as I recall with fondness a caring, wonderful person and fellow energy advocate in the 70's and 80's. My best to Laura.
Alan you will be sooooo missed; there's not enough tissue for me right now. MA is a leader in sustainable initiatives much because or your tireless efforts and those with Laura. Much love and support to you, Laura. Peggy M
Words cannot express how sorry I am for your loss. I have such fond memories of Alan from the time I worked at CET. My deepest sympathy Alison
My sincere condolences to Laura and the CET family on Alan's passing. His passion and commitment to energy efficiency and the environment were truly inspirational. He will be deeply missed.
Worked with him on the Challenge for Youth program - he was a gentle soul. Rest in Peace Alan.
Thank you Alan for all you did for this community.
"He was a friend of mine
Every time I think about him now
Lord, I just can't keep from cryin'
'Cause he was a friend of mine"
"every grain of sand"
My thoughts and prayers are with you Laura....Alan was great to work with. Karen Larocque