SALEM – Mr. Leo Perrone 87, of Salem, beloved husband of Mary Grace (Pardo) Perrone, passed peacefully, Saturday, May 1st, 2021 at the Kaplan Family Hospice House in Danvers, surrounded by his loving family.
Born in Salem, he was the son of the late John and Anna (Ranno) Perrone. He was raised and educated in Salem and was a graduate of Salem High School, class of 1953.
Mr. Perrone had been employed with the City of Salem for over 42 years in the Motor Equipment Division until the time of his retirement in 2003. As one of the longest tenured employees of the city, Leo was well respected by his co-workers and city leaders alike. Upon retirement, he was associated with O’Donnell Funeral Service of Salem and Danvers for over 18 years. He took great pride in helping those in need and truly enjoyed being part of the Funeral Home team.
Steadfast in his Catholic faith, Leo was a fixture at the former St. Mary’s Italian Church in Salem. He was responsible for the daily opening of the church and took great pride in seeing that the church and its parishioners were taken care of. A life long resident of the city of Salem, he was a member of the AFSME Union and in more recent years was an active member of the Salem Senior Center. He enjoyed traveling, spending time at Winter Island in his motor home and was always willing to lend a hand to those in need.
Leo’s greatest love was his beloved Mary. They were married for 59 years. Together, they were a love story for the ages. Truly great partners and friends, they were constantly at each other’s side, while raising a warm and loving family. They were ultimately proud of their children and grandchildren. Their devotion for each other and their family will truly be their ever-lasting hallmark.
Quick to smile and laugh, Leo always supported those he cared for. He was a fixture at every one of his children’s and grandchildren’s life events, always with a word of praise or encouragement. He was the consummate family man, providing for his family with inner strength and a caring heart.
A traditional gentleman, Leo was a humble and proud man, who rarely uttered an ill word about another. He was a wise and understanding father to his daughters and a doting and supportive grandfather. He did all in his power to support his family and was fiercely loyal to his friends. He will be remembered for his commitment to his wife, his passion for his family and his kindness to others.
Leo is survived by his beloved wife Mary, his daughters, Mary C. Gigliello and her husband, John of Peabody, Lisa Marie Vare and her husband, Nicholas of Kensington, NH and Jennifer Ann Perrone-Wessell and her husband, Kevin, his devoted grandchildren, Marina and Bianca Gigliello, Nicholas and Elise Vare and Natalie Wessell, his sister, Catherine Perrone S.N.D. of Bloomfield, CT and several nieces and nephews.
ARRANGEMENTS: Relatives and friends are invited to his funeral Mass which will be held at St. James Church, Federal St., Salem, Friday, May 7th at 11 A.M. All attendees must register to attend the funeral Mass by clicking the RSVP Link below or by calling the funeral home (978-744-2350). Everyone required to wear face coverings and are kindly asked to practice social distancing. Burial in St. Mary’s Cemetery, Salem. Visiting hours omitted. A celebration of Leo’s life will be held at a later date. Assisting the family with the arrangements is O’Donnell Cremations - Funerals – Celebrations, 84 Washington Sq., (at Salem Common) Salem. In lieu of flowers, expressions of sympathy may be made in Leo’s memory to the Kaplan Family Hospice House, 75 Sylvan St., Danvers, MA 01923. To share a memory or offer a condolence, please visit www.odonnellfuneralservice.com
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Attendance at St. James Church is limited to a maximum of 200 people. Family and friends planning to attend are kindly requested to RSVP to reserve their place