s-OBIT-perron-012309 Ronald H. Perron, 71: Played key role in lighthouse renovations
SOUTH PORTLAND — Ronald H. Perron, 71, of South Portland, beloved husband, father and grandfather, passed away on Jan. 15 at the Gosnell Memorial Hospice House in Scarborough, surrounded by his family after a long illness.
He was born in Lewiston on March 29, 1937, a son of Arthur and Blanche (Huard) Perron. He attended St. Dominic's High School and received his diploma from Lewiston High School.
After serving in the U.S. Air Force for four years, he became a civilian employee of the U.S. Coast Guard in 1961. He began his career at the South Portland base as an electrician and was soon promoted to maintenance mechanic leader.
In 1979, he was named maintenance mechanic supervisor. Among his many contributions, he was instrumental in the development and completion of the automation, solarization and renovation of more than 12 lighthouse and fog signal stations off the New England coast. He retired from the Coast Guard as civil engineering foreman in 1998.
He married Monique (Breton) Perron on Oct. 26, 1963 in Lewiston. The couple moved to Portland and later to South Portland, raising three sons and a daughter. He was a communicant of South Portland's St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church and a member of the Knights of Columbus Calvary Council. He was also an avid lifelong fan of both the Red Sox and Patriots.
He is predeceased by his parents and an infant brother, Gerard Perron.
He is survived by his wife of 45 years, Monique of South Portland; three sons, Raymond Perron and his partner Edward Ames of Alexandria, Va., Donald Perron and his wife Anne of Portland, and Richard Perron and his wife Leanne of Scarborough; one daughter, Debra (Perron) Gillis and her husband Michael of North Waterboro; seven grandchildren, Renee and Jamie Gallant, Angela, Anthony, Joshua, Gabrielle, and Tyler Perron; five brothers, Marcel Perron, Aime Gagne, Normand Perron, Claude Perron and Paul Perron; two sisters, Doraine (Perron) Pomerleau and Liane (Perron) Charest; and several nieces and nephews.
Services were held earlier in the week. Arrangements are by Conroy-Tully Crawford South Portland Chapel, South Portland.
In lieu of flowers, donations in his name may be made to the American Lung Association of Maine, 122 State St., Augusta, ME 04330 or to the Knights of Columbus Chapter 8144, 29 Aspen Ave., South Portland, ME 04106.