8June11 - Lt. Col Edward R. Perron, USMC (Ret.), died peacefully at Linden Hall in Kennett Square, PA on June 3, 2011. He was 80 years old.
Ed, as he was known by his friends, was born 23 July, 1930 in Spencer, MA to the late Eva Marie Lacroix Perron and Clovis Perron. He was the first graduate from the Town of Spencer, MA and from his high school, David Prouty, to attend the United States Naval Academy, where he graduated in 1955. He was in the 11th Company. He joined the USMC at 18 and was stationed at Parris Island, NC. He later received a Secretary of the Navy appointment to attend the Naval Academy Preparatory School in Newport, RI.
Edward Perron served in the Marine Corps for 26 years. He completed flight training in 1957 at Pensacola, Fl and Kingsville, TX where he received his pilot wings. He was assigned to VMA-211, the first A4D-1 Skyhawk jet squadron in the Marine Corps which carrier qualified aboard the USS Intrepid and deployed from NAAS Edenton, NC to MCAS Iwakuni, Japan for a 15 month tour in 1958. He later completed Naval Postgraduate School in Monterey, CA and was stationed at PT. Mugu, CA for three years. Ed had two 13 month tours in South Vietnam as a Reconnaissance System officer at Danang Air Base, South Vietnam. He flew the RF-4B Phantom, the EA-6A Intruder and EF-10B Skyknight. His last tour he flew 250 combat missions. Ed retired in 1974 from the Joint Staff Pentagon, Washington, DC.
Following his military career, with his love of his life, Carol, the family moved back to MA. He graduated from the Stockbridge School of Agriculture, UMass, Amherst in 1978 and established the well known u-pick blueberry plantation, Deer Meadow Farm, in Warren, MA for 20 summers. In 1982 Ed designed a new degree program at Cape Cod Community College in micro-computer electronics technology and was the Asst. Professor there for eight years.
He is survived by his wife of 56 years, the former Carol Spicer of Bethesda, MD; 4 children: Frank, Thomas, Constance Barnes and Michelle Collins; 13 grandchildren; and two brothers, Hubert (Jane) and Roland (Dolly) Perron.
A Catholic Mass and Internment will be conducted at a later date at the USNA Columbarium. Memorial donations may be made in Edward's name to The David Prouty High School Scholarship Fund, 302 Main St., Spencer, MA 01562, Attn: Karen Hackett.