Gerald (Jerry) W. Perpetua

 

 

Gerald W. Perpetua PLAINSBORO - Gerald (Jerry) W. Perpetua, 65, of Plainsboro, NJ, passed away Sunday, Nov. 21, 2010, at Princeton Hospital surrounded by his loving family.

 

Born in Princeton, NJ, in 1945, Jerry attended the Princeton school system and Trenton Junior College. He was a past member of Saint Paul's Church in Princeton, and a member of Queenship of Mary Church in Plainsboro.

 

An electrician by trade, Jerry was a member of IBEW Local 269 in Trenton for over 42 years, the last 15 of which he spent with AC Scott Electric. Jerry coached Little League baseball for many years, from when his children were young and continued as they grew up. He was a member of the VFW, and served as an usher for Queenship of Mary Church as it was being established.

 

He enlisted in the Marines and served in Vietnam until 1967, when he was honorably discharged because of injuries suffered in the war. Jerry was a recipient of the Purple Heart. An athlete and sports enthusiast, Jerry enjoyed bowling as a young man for which he received many trophies, skiing in the Pocono Mountains with his kids, snowmobiling in upstate New York, surf and freshwater fishing, and target shooting with his son and daughter.

 

In addition, Jerry played softball as a young man and continued throughout his life into the Senior Leagues of Mercer and Middlesex counties.  Jerry could often be found riding down back roads on his Harley heading to the Delaware Water Gap or out into Pennsylvania with his friends or his son.

 

He was predeceased by his parents, Charles and Anna Perpetua, and his father-in-law and mother-in-law, Antonio and Enrichetta Procaccini. Jerry is survived by his wife, Filomena Perpetua; his daughter, Amy Perpetua; his son, Michael Perpetua and wife, Meredith; his brother, Charles Perpetua and wife, Winifred; his brothers-in-law whom he considered brothers, Fred Procaccini and wife, Sandy, of South Carolina, Flory Procaccini and wife, Diane, of Princeton, Joe Procaccini and wife, Maryann, of Hopewell, Sam Procaccini and wife, Diane, of Princeton, and Guido Procaccini and wife, Ruthann, of Yardley, as well as his former sister-in-law, Bianca Procaccini of Hopewell, and many nieces and nephews.

 

The funeral will be held at 8:30 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 27, 2010, at the Mather-Hodge Funeral Home, 40 Vandeventer Ave., Princeton.  A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 9:30 a.m. Saturday at St. Paul's Church, 214 Nassau St., Princeton. Entombment will be in St. Mary's Mausoleum, Hamilton Township.

 

Calling hours will be held Friday, Nov. 26, 2010, from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. at the funeral home. Jerry's family would like to thank everyone for all of the prayers, love, and support that he was showered with over this past year.

 

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the National Brain Tumor Society, 124 Watertown St., Suite 2D, Watertown, MA 02472, or visit www.braintumor.org. Condolences can be sent to www.matherhodge.com.


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