FREDERICK J. PERRYFREDERICK J. PERRY
Our dear Fred died unexpectedly July 23, at age 78. Born and raised in the Wallingford and Ballard neighborhoods of Seattle, he then called Greenlake his home.
A true patriot, Fred's 50 year career as a crane operator revolved around military and national security support installations throughout the Pacific Rim - Johnson Island, Truk Atoll, Amchitka, Attu, Vietnam, and Nome. In the 60's, Fred ushered in the use of tower cranes on the west coast. After several years on the Trans Alaska Pipeline, from Barrow to Valdez, he moved to Hawaii to thaw out. Fred retired from the Pearl Harbor Naval Shipyards after 21 years and moved to Imperial Beach, CA, to live by the ocean.
Fred's favorite pastime was sitting in his beach chair on a hot sunny day, talking with his wife and friends or reading and people watching. His love of all things mechanical was epitomized in his lifelong love of Nascar, Indy, and Formula 1 racing. His curiosity in sea life lead him to explore the coral reefs and shipwrecks in Truk, count octopi in Puget Sound, photograph shorebirds in the Aleutians, and delight in watching the diving pelicans in front of his home.
Fred valued the friends he made throughout his life and maintained contact with many throughout the world. He relished reading several online newspapers daily and proudly flew the American flag. He especially appreciated the morning coffee group at the IB FRA. He loved driving his bright yellow VW Bug. Fred was truly a nice person, always ready to lend a hand. His quiet demeanor and strong hands are forever embedded in our hearts.
A kind and gentle man, Fred leaves behind the love of his life, Rose, his wife of 58 years; his daughters, Roseanna Perry, MD (Russ Vincent, DDS) and Kimberley Perry (Robin Benson); and his sassy cat, Shu Shu (AKA fuzzy butt). He will be missed by his brother Toby and the Perry, Middendorf, Trenholm, and Reid families in the Northwest.
A true connoisseur of the 'Green Flash', there will be a scattering of his ashes at sea, if and when summer arrives in San Diego. Memorials may be sent to: Fleet Reserve Association #289, 659 Silver Strand Blvd, IB, CA, 91932; Attn: Scholarship Fund.
Our deepest condolences to the family and friends of the deceased