Peter Michael Perceval passed away peacefully into the hands of his loving Lord and Saviour at home on April 24, 2014 surrounded by his loving family. Peter was born in London September 19, 1928. His family moved to Northern Ireland in 1933 upon inheriting an estate in Co. Down. In 1942 he graduated from Rockport Preparatory School and became a student at Campbell College in Belfast, Northern Ireland.
In January 1945 he won an empire-wide scholarship to the Royal Naval Reserve College, H.M.S. Conway and continued his studies there graduating in 1947 as the Chief Cadet Captain.
From 1947 until 1950 he served as a navigator aboard various ships in the Reserve Fleet and from 1950-1951 attended various specialist courses to prepare him for joining the fleet. In 1951 he was placed in charge of the first Royal Navy group of officers to be assigned to the U.S. Navy for pilot training and joined the Naval Air Training Command at NAS Pensacola.
In 1952 he married Emily Carpenter, the daughter of Cornelia and Fred Carpenter and granddaughter of L.S. Brown. In mid-1953 Perceval rejoined the Royal Navy serving in #815 Night Anti-Submarine Squadron aboard H.M.S. Indefatigable.
He resigned his commission and returned to Pensacola in 1956 and was employed in various capacities prior to joining Gulf Power Company's In-formation Services Department in the early sixties. He served as Assistant Manager of Gulf Power Company's Information Services Department before joining the University of West Florida's initial staff in 1965.
From 1965 until 1972 he was an administrator at UWF and eventually served as Assistant to the President and Dean of University Relations. During Perceval's time at UWF he also served as Executive Director of the UWF Foundation, member of Sacred Heart Hospital's Executive Committee, member of the Florida Inter-Institutional Oceanographic Committee, member of the West Florida Regional Health Planning Council, member of the Pensacola Foundation for Medical Education and Research, Executive Director of the Upper Level College and University Movement and Chairman of their First International Conference in 1970.
Perceval became a Citizen of the United States of America in November 1961 and, in 1971 was awarded the first DAR Americanism Medal ever presented by the Pensacola Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution.
In 1973 he accepted a position as Assistant to the Director of the University of Texas Marine Science Institute at Port Aransas and also served as its Interim Director for a period. In 1976 he formed his own research company, Marine Commodities International and established its pilot plant at the Port of Brownsville, Texas. MCI was eventually bought out by Dow Chemical Company and Perceval went back to sea becoming the Captain of various research vessels employed by the Military Sealift Command.
He is sorely missed by his four children: Deborah (Harry) Estes of Val-paraiso, FL; Mike (Morgan) Perceval of Houston, TX; Cindy (Craig) Nash of Shreveport, LA; and Pam Perceval of Pensacola, FL as well as four grandchildren: Michael White of Great Falls, MT; Michael Perceval of Tel Aviv, Israel; Lauren Nash of Birmingham, AL; and Elizabeth Nash of Shreveport, LA and great-grandchildren Logan and Reagan White.
He is also survived by his siblings, Mary Watson of Lymington, England; Sara Perceval of London and Ormsby Hall, England; and Nigel (Joyce) Perceval of Slough, England, his niece, nephews, and numerous cousins as well as his "very significant other", Audrey Taylor of Pensacola, FL.
Per his wishes, there will be a private memorial service to scatter his ashes at sea at a later date. The family requests that those wishing to honor his memory make memorial donations to Covenant Hospice. Additionally, the family would like to extend their heartfelt gratitude to Dr. Thomas Sunnenberg and his staff, as well as the wonderful caring employees of Covenant Hospice.
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Published in Pensacola News Journal on Apr. 27, 2014