Frank George Perry
March 3, 1936 – January 28, 2021
It is with heavy hearts that we announce the passing of Frank Perry, age 84. He died peacefully at home surrounded by loved ones. Born in Carmel, CA to Bud and Mary Ann (Speer) Perry; where the hospital bill still remains unpaid according to Frank. He was the second of six children with older brother Buddy first and brothers George, Jim, sisters Patricia and Carol to follow. Frank was a long-time truck driver and proud Teamster. He loved his family and was a good friend to many.
At the age of 15, Frank joined the Marines using his brother Buddy’s name. Although he completed boot camp, he was given a general discharge once his true identity was discovered. He returned home and worked with his father in the family moving business. He enjoyed boxing and training which kept him in tip top shape for that line of work.
At 19, he married Diane (Remenarich) and they started a family. He began his career as a truck driver and got a job with Safeway in 1961. His children Debby, Barbara, Dee Dee and Franke remember how they loved when he would bring his “big truck” by the house so they could sit in it. He enjoyed working on the family home; building a beautiful deck surrounding their pool; all done by hand, no power tools! He also took up scuba diving, joining the Richmond Pelicans diving club. The family took many trips along the California Coast where he would dive for abalone, creating lasting memories. He also enjoyed experimenting with underwater and stop action film making.
After he and Diane parted ways, he bought a 28 ft sailboat that he lived on for several years. He loved taking family and friends out on the San Francisco Bay; sometimes stopping at Angel Is., Sausalito, Tiburon and Pier 39. He bought a home on beautiful San Pablo Bay working hard to make it a wonderful place for family and friends to gather. He enjoyed traveling with his best friend, Regina Henson, throughout the US, Europe, Asia and Australia.
Frank retired from Safeway in 1992. Tired of the hustle and bustle of the bay area, he bought a 2nd home near Big Trees State Park. Again, making it a great place for all to gather. He set up a fully outfitted wood shop and went to town making furniture, toys and out buildings to name a few. He hauled countless truckloads of river rock collected by hand to build a dam on his seasonal creek complete with locks so the grandkids could play in the water year-round. He created a truly magical place for his blended family calling it “Perrydise Pelican Park”, never wanting to forget his love of the ocean.
Frank lived a full life forming many long lasting friendships. He worked hard and played just as hard. Other interests he enjoyed during his lifetime included jogging, skiing, dancing and reading. He was always willing to lend you a hand whether he knew you well or just met you. He always had a story to tell along with a joke or two and sometimes you couldn’t tell the difference between the two because he always kept a straight face. He was a great guy that was funny, tough, charming, warm-hearted, and well-liked. He will be truly missed by all who knew him.
He was preceded in death by his parents Mary Ann and John Melton, Bud and Madge Perry, brothers Buddy, George and Jim Perry. He is survived by sisters Pat Karnes (Joe), Carol Quick and children Deborah Cole (Victor), Barbara Sotelo, Denise Agasi (Dylan) and Franke Perry, grandsons Sam Johnson (Nicole) and Darihus Cole, Vic Jr. and Sharniece (Chuck). He is deeply mourned by his best friend of 40+ yrs, Regina Henson and grandsons Chad Romo (Wendy), Sam Caven (Kara), Clay Ball (Angie), Travis Romo and Dan Caven, and great grand children Celsey, Mary, Brooke Vincente, Blake, and Caitlin as well as numerous nieces, nephews, and cousins who will miss him dearly. Celebration of Life postponed due to the pandemic. In lieu of flowers, if you would like, donations can be made to Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation or you can visit Trident Society Walnut Creek to share a memory.