2017-11-15 / Obituaries

Edward A. Perazone, Jr.

Edward “Ed” Perazone of Roxbury, NY passed away peacefully, surrounded by family, on November 6, 2017 at Mountainside Residential Care Center in Margaretville, NY.

Ed was born on May 10, 1930 in the Riverdale section of the Bronx, NY to parents Edward and Amelia Perazone and attended Lowell Elementary School in Teaneck, NJ and later Teaneck High School. Ed attended Peddie, a prep school in Hightstown, NJ where he quickly became a wrestling sensation and was inducted into the Peddie Sports Hall of Fame in 1987 in recognition of his many wrestling achievements. Ed attended Lehigh University in Bethlehem, PA and later the Art Institute of Philadelphia.

In 1951, Ed enlisted in the US Army, graduated from Airborne School, married his high school sweetheart, Elizabeth “Betty” Ann Davis and nearly went “AWOL for Love” when his furlough request was denied. A call from his dad to Congressman Harry Towe resulted in Edward receiving an extension of his overnight pass so that he could attend his wedding and avoid being listed as AWOL.

PFC Perazone served as a paratrooper with the 508th Airborne Infantry Regiment at Ft. Benning GA, before attending Officer Candidate School. 2nd Lieutenant Perazone served with the 47th Infantry Division, Camp Rucker, AL. Ed was proud of his military service.

After his discharge from military service, Ed and Bette purchased their first home in Paramus, NJ. He established his own advertising agency serving clients in the greater New York City area and spent weekends at the local Chrysler Plymouth dealership in Dumont selling cars to help make ends meet. Ed returned to college, earning his BA in Engineering from Fairleigh Dickenson University. He ruled the FDU wrestling team and graduated undefeated.

As Edward and Elizabeth welcomed sons Stephen, David and Brian into the fold during the 1950s, Ed went to work at his father’s wood business, Lignum Vitae Wood Products where they made items such as bocce balls, wood bearings, judge’s gavels, police batons and more. The company made the stern bearings for the United States’ first nuclear submarine, the Nautilus, out of Lignum Vitae Wood.

In 1961, Ed moved his family into their new home in Upper Saddle River, NJ. He became deeply involved in the local community having served on both the School and Library Boards, and later serving as Town Councilman and Fire Commissioner. But multiple fires and floods at the company’s manufacturing facility in Kearny, NJ compelled Ed to sell the company and relocate his family to the vacation home he purchased in Roxbury Run, Denver, NY.

In 1971, Ed, with partners Vinnie Giacci and Frank Mann founded Alta Log Homes. Ed was instrumental in designing the machinery that milled the logs and lent his natural artistic talents by hand-carving “gingerbread” style trimmings that gave a flair of sophistication to Alta’s brand. He also designed the homes, corporate logo and product catalog.

As Alta found considerable success, Ed purchased the Timmerman homestead in Meeker Hollow just a mile south of Plattekill Ski Center and moved his family there that same year, 1971.

The early 1980s saw Ed’s departure from Alta Log Homes to start Roxbury Homes with the construction of a new manufacturing facility in Roxbury designed to make pre-fabricated, panelized post and beam homes.

Upon the sale of Roxbury Homes in the early 1990’s, Ed semi-retired and fulfilled his ambition of becoming a certified physical trainer. He went on to found Seniors Strength and Wellness (SSWELL) fitness program, created a fitness video and worked tirelessly to make a name for himself in the senior’s fitness arena.

Throughout his life, Ed maintained a deep affection for skiing. He and Bette enjoyed a 25-year association with the Washingtonians, a collective of wannabe ski bums who traveled the world in search of the perfect mountain. Ed was an avid skier and especially loved skiing with his children and grandchildren. Ed also enjoyed a rousing round of tennis and even played semi-pro baseball and football just after he was discharged from the Army. His competitive nature pushed him to continually perform his best but always with dignity and grace; win, lose or draw.

Ed was a talented artist, a gift he shared with many over the years. He was a wood carver and even tackled scrimshaw on a whale’s tooth! Some of Ed’s art will be on display during the memorial service for all to enjoy.

In 2003 while skiing with the Washingtonians in Austria, Ed took a fall and suffered an injury that left him partially paralyzed and unable to resume his previously very active lifestyle. It was around this same time when he was first diagnosed with onset dementia making the challenge of dealing with his injury that much more difficult.

But in typical Ed Perazone fashion, he rose above the situation and remained motivated to recover, never losing the keen sense of humor. His relentless positive attitude despite the adversity, will continue to inspire those who had the good fortune to know him.

It was Ed’s nature to be a giving person. He established a scholarship for graduating students at Roxbury Central School. He helped raise money for his parish at St. Margaret’s Church in Margaretville and for the Margaretville Hospital Auxiliary, of which his wife Bette served for many years. He gave of his time, his talent, his money, his heart and now his spirit.

Epitaph:

You epitomized the meaning of family. You exemplified personal integrity. Your courage in the face of adversity and your amazing ability to overcome so many of life’s obstacles while maintaining a positive attitude, will continue to inspire for generations to come.

The Perazone family wishes to extend their deepest gratitude to the exemplary staff at Mountainside who did an amazing job caring for Ed for nearly seven years.

Edward is predeceased by his parents, Edward and Amelia Perazone, his sister, Janice (Thomas) Finnan and his granddaughter, Brianna Perazone (Brian and Ruthann Perazone).

Ed is survived by his spouse of 66 years, Elizabeth A. Perazone; son Stephen (Jennifer) Perazone and grandson August Halm-Perazone; son David (Kim) Perazone; granddaughter Dr. Tracey (Joseph) Henderson and great grandchildren Elizabeth and William Henderson; granddaughter Kerri (George) Samuel; grandson Ian Cripps and great grandchildren Emma and Greyson Cripps; son Brian (Ruthann) Perazone; granddaughter Lisa (Aaron) Walker and great grandchildren, Noah and Lillian Walker; grandson Brian “Duke” (Jennifer) Perazone, Jr. and great granddaughter Brooklyn Perazone; granddaughters Kristina “Dina” Perazone and Angela Perazone; and grandson Anthony “AJ” Perazone.

The family will hold a calling hour at the Jay Gould Memorial Reformed Church in Roxbury, on Saturday, December 2, starting at 1:00 p.m. A service will follow with the Reverend Michael J. Shank presiding. A reception in the Carriage House behind the Church will immediately following the service.

Arrangements are entrusted to Hynes Funeral Home, Roxbury, Memorial contributions may be made in Edward’s name to: Perazone Power Maine Adaptive Sports & Recreation, 8 Sundance Lane Newry, ME 04261, Catskill Area Hospice, 297 River St. Service Road, Oneonta, NY 13820.

Condolences may be sent to: Elizabeth Perazone, Senior Living of Stamford, 1 Buntline Drive #300, Stamford, NY 12167.

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