Allen EDELMAN

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EDELMAN, Allen a World War II Army veteran and community stalwart, died at home on April 27, 2013. Born July 14, 1922, in Philadelphia, he returned from service to complete his education, graduating from Drexel University. He moved to Clearwater in 1955. He was owner of the Four Seasons Motel on Clearwater Beach. He later sold the motel and worked in the Clearwater Parks and Recreation department for 32½ years. He was also a professional drummer; his hobbies included travel, baseball and collecting pig figurines and novelties. His civic career reflected his profound love of people, particularly the young. He worked at the Youth Maritime Center on Clearwater Beach and eventually became the first Social and Cultural Supervisor for the city of Clearwater. Allen created and/or actively supported programs for mentally challenged young adults, Star Spectaculars for teens, the Young Adult Club, the City Players, the Clearwater Community Chorus, Kids-a-Popping, as well as adult dance programs, art classes, and senior citizen activities. He was president of the Clearwater Beach Association for over 11 years and served on the Fun 'n Sun Festival Committee and the Miss Clearwater committee. He was Youth Committee chair for the Upper Pinellas Red Cross. He served as a surrogate parent in the Hospital/Homebound Department of Pinellas County Schools; and developed and taught an adult education Motel Management course. As a volunteer, he was Sunday School superintendent at Chapel-By-The-Sea on Clearwater Beach and worked with the youth at St. Andrews Presbyterian Church in Dunedin and the Clearwater Unitarian Universalist Church. He sang in the Clearwater Community Chorus, the Dunedin Community Chorus and church choirs. In Dunedin, he served on the arts and culture and stadium committees and the Dunedin Parks and Recreation Board. He was an original board member of the Apple Seeds Preschool. In 2010, Allen was inducted into the Dunedin Senior Hall of Fame. Allen is survived by wife, Betty; daughter, Lynne Faimalie; stepsons, Jim Hagadone (Yuki) and Jeff Hagadone (Coleen); and grandsons Mark, Nolan and Miles. A memorial service will be held Saturday, May 18 at 2 pm at the Unitarian Universalist Octagon at 2470 Nursery Road, Clearwater. In lieu of flowers, donations may be sent to Appleseeds Preschool at St. Andrews Church, Dunedin or Suncoast Hospice.

Published in the Tampa Bay Times on May 5, 2013
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