John Joseph Perry

john perry

October 1, 1937 ~ April 30, 2023

Born in: Fremont, California
Resided in: Fremont, California

Longtime Fremont resident John Joseph Perry passed away on April 30, 2023 of natural causes. He was 85 years young.

John was born and raised on Beard Rd. in Fremont, CA on October 1, 1937. He was the son of Joseph F. Perry and Rita Mello. The Perrys and the Mellos were close, hard-working Azorean immigrants who farmed various vegetables and fruit.

John attended Alviso Elementary School and graduated from Washington High School in 1956. John worked for the Pacific Bell phone company for 42 years.
He was an extremely social individual and enjoyed retirement immensely. John had a passion for classic cars and cruising in his ’57 Chevy. He spent time with his beloved brother, Joseph, at Perry’s Pumpkin Patch driving tractors for the school children. John was known to frequent the coffee shops and restaurants to meet up with friends. He also enjoyed his social hours at Swiss Park, The Florence, Huddle, O’Sullivan’s, and Johnny’s Pub with his immediate and extended family and friends. John was extremely loving and friendly and would give anyone the shirt off his back. He was fondly known as “Uncle John” to many all over town.

John was a member of the S.E.S., Washington Township Men’s Club, and Native Sons of the Golden West.

John is survived by his partner of 24 years, Carol St. John. His daughter Sherese (Jim Vallerga), son Jason (Mariana Lopez), and grandchildren Hannah, Arillana, Zach, John, and Jason. Also survived by Carol’s sons, Dan and Gary (Kim). He is predeceased by his parents Rita and Joseph, sisters Lorraine Perry and Edith Pine, brother Joseph Perry, and John’s former spouse Patty Hahn Perry.

At John’s request, the family has arranged a Celebration of Life to be held at Swiss Park in Newark on Saturday, July 1, 2023 at 1:00p.m.

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  1. So sorry for loss.Uncle John was one of the best people you could ever meet.RIP.John 🙏🙏🙏

  2. CandleDarryl Smith Take care my friend. Make sure you have a cold one waiting for me when get there.

  3. Will miss all the great dinners and brunch at the Elks Club with you and Carol. Lots of fun. You will truly be missed

  4. I went all through high school with Johnny and served on all the class reunion committees with him. He was liked by everyone and will be missesd by us all.

  5. Johnny Perry was always like a brother to me, he lived with our family in Niles for a couple yrs. When his mom, my grandmother Rita Perry.we would watch the three stooges and laughed like crazy.He liked his CLASSIC cars and OLDIES music. When I was young John put loud mufflers on Granma’s 49 ford, I would ride with her and people would gawk, Funny.
    Missin you John !

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