Joseph Earl Perry

joseph perry

November 22, 1931 ~ August 7, 2018

Resided in: Fremont, California

Longtime local farmer Joseph E. Perry passed away on August 7, 2018 of natural causes. He was 86 years young. Joseph was born and raised on Beard Road in Fremont on November 22, 1931. He was the son of Azorean immigrants, Joseph F. Perry and Rita Mello. The Perrys and the Mellos settled on Beard Rd. where both sides of the family farmed growing various vegetables and fruit. Joseph attended Alviso Elementary School. He graduated from Washington Township High School in 1950. His passion for dancing led him to eventually met his wife, Patricia Guerra, at a high school dance. Patricia brought the bookkeeping angle to the farming operation which helped take the farm to another level. Joseph followed in the footsteps of his ancestors and was fortunate enough to pursue his lifelong dream of farming. He honed his skill as a farmer working for his father and uncles growing up. In his earlier working days, Joseph farmed part time and worked various factory jobs as a machinist. He utilized this skill to make some of his own machinery for farming. Joseph has farmed vegetables, fruit, and raised livestock in Fremont and Newark since the 1960’s. This year marks the 50th anniversary of the Perry’s Pumpkin Patch which is currently located at Ardenwood Historic Farm. Joseph was past president of the Alameda County Farm Bureau and was serving on the Board of Directors at the time of his passing. He was a member of the Native Sons of the Golden West and the Washington Township Men’s Club. Had he not been a farmer, he would have enjoyed being a professional dancer. In his spare time, he practiced all forms of dancing from ballroom to disco and could moonwalk. He enjoyed doing tai chi. He and Patricia danced regularly at the Fremont Senior Center which he looked forward to every Thursday. Joseph was preceded in death by his father Joseph, his mother Rita, his sisters Lorraine Perry and Edith Pine. He is survived by his loving wife of 66 years, Patricia. His brother John Perry. His 4 children Diane (Hal), Douglas (Janice), James (Jennifer) and Petrina. 16 Grandchildren and 20 Great-Grandchildren. In lieu of flowers, please send donations to Autism Awareness

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  1. Patricia and family. Ed and I send our deepest condolences. Presious memories through High School and our class reunions. His love for dance his ever present smile!
    Our loving thoughts and Prayers.
    Ed & Gerry Perry

  2. Trina and family:
    I am SO sorry for your loss! Mr. & Mrs. Perry, thank you for the great memories of slumber parties in your garage apartment, riding on the tractors at the farm, picking out the pumpkins for Halloween & all the great times at your home! Mrs. & Mrs. Perry were always so nice to us kids, even though I’m sure we drove them nuts at times!

    Sending hugs & wishing you all peace of mind knowing that he lived a great life & loved you all!!

  3. My heart goes out to you, Pat, and, all of your children and grandchildren. Joe was very dear to me, as I had worked at Ardenwood Historic Farm at the Patterson House for 15 years. He always had a smile for me as I came to work each day, and, a wave good-bye at the end of my day. He was WONDERFUL to my little girls as they grew up at the Farm. I remember when Pat was ill and Joe asked me to pray for her. We prayed together standing there on the field out front. Even years later, when I saw Joe, I would stop to talk with him, and, to inquire about Pat. I am deeply saddened by Joe’s passing, and, I will always hold him within my heart for the wonderful human being, and, most endearing man, that he was. My prayers, for comfort and peace, are with you all. God Be With You!

  4. I had the pleasure of knowing Joe through my work with the Alameda County Department of Agriculture. I will always treasure the conversations that I had with Joe and the great stories that he could tell! This was a man with a passion for farming and for educating kids about farms – so quickly being lost in our urbanized area.

    I will hold with me the memory of his smile and his laugh and of a life well-lived. I hope that his family will find strength and comfort in the love of family and friends as they journey together through grief. Know that Joe was well respected and loved in the community. That is a worthy legacy indeed.

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