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Veteran AARP voice, Ed Paschall, dies at 84

Ed_paschall_cropped It didn't matter how long he'd have to sit through an interminable legislative committee hearing, Ed Paschall seemed to have the patience of Job. And when he spoke, you knew it was the words of common sense and a common man. It didn't matter whether the issue was telecommunications deregulation and the impact on basic phone costs, or the price of electricity on a fixed income, legislators listened to him and -- whether they voted with him or not-- they knew he was right.

Tallahassee lost a voice with the death of Paschall, long-time citizen advocate for the AARP, on Thursday. He was 84. AARP Florida State Director, Lori Parham, said Paschall epitomized AARP’s "core value of a life of dignity and purpose in our later years."

“Ed was not only a veteran Air Force pilot but also served for many years as a pilot for the state of Florida, safely conveying Florida’s senior elected leaders on important missions through all weathers,'' she said. "He also built a successful watch business, 'Father Time.'”

Parnham said Paschall earned "the respect and attention of elected leaders, legislative and agency staff, including members of the Florida Public Service Commission.  We at AARP witnessed firsthand the impact that he had on policymaking, and it was significant."