ROXBURY - Edward "Ed" Perazone of Roxbury, passed on Nov. 6, 2017, at Mountainside Residential Care in Margaretville, surrounded by family.
He was born in the Bronx, on May 10, 1930, to parents Edward and Amelia Perazone.
After high school, Ed attended Peddie, a prep school in Hightstown, New Jersey, where he became a wrestling sensation and, in 1987, was inducted into the Peddie Sports Hall of Fame.
Ed attended Lehigh University in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, and later the Art Institute of Philadelphia.
In 1951, Ed enlisted in the United States Army, graduated from Airborne School and married his high school sweetheart, Elizabeth Ann Davis.
Pfc. Perazone served as a paratrooper with the 508th Airborne Infantry Regiment at Ft. Benning, Georgia, before attending Officer Candidate School. 2nd Lieutenant Perazone served with the 47th Infantry Division, Camp Rucker, Alabama. Ed was proud of his military service.
Ed graduated from Fairleigh Dickinson University with a bachelor's degree in engineering. He went to work for the family business, Lignum Vitae Wood products, importing exotic hardwoods from Central and South America.
Ed served on the School and Library Boards and was Town Councilman and Fire Commissioner in Upper Saddle River, New Jersey.
After relocating to Roxbury, in 1971, Ed, with partners Vincent Giacci and Frank Mann, launched Alta Log Homes in Halcottsville.
In 1981, Ed left Alta to start Roxbury Homes, manufacturer of prefabricated post and beam homes.
In the early 1990's, Ed semi-retired and fulfilled his ambition of becoming a certified physical trainer. He was an avid skier and especially loved skiing with his children and grandchildren. In 2003, while skiing in Austria, Ed suffered an injury that left him partially paralyzed and unable to resume his previously active lifestyle. Yet in typical Ed fashion, he rose to the challenge, never losing the keen sense of humor he was known for. His never ending positive attitude will continue to inspire those who had the good fortune to know him.
Edward is predeceased by his parents, Edward and Amelia Perazone; sister, Janice (Thomas) Finnan; and 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, 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 (Jennifer) Perazone Jr. and great-granddaughter, Brooklyn Perazone; granddaughters, Kristina Perazone and Angela Perazone; and grandson Anthony Perazone.
Visitation will be from 1 to 2 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 2, at the Jay Gould Memorial Church in Roxbury. A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. and will be followed by a celebration of life reception at the Carriage House.
Arrangements are entrusted to Hynes Funeral Home, Roxbury.
Memorial contributions may be made in Edward's name to Catskill Area Hospice.
Published on November 13, 2017