PERRY, C. Vance "Vance" passed away peacefully at 1:30 pm EST, Jan. 26, 2014 at The Lodge at Cypress Cove. Vance was born Sept. 2, 1923 in Anaheim, CA, the son of Earl R. and Lucy Perry. He was an adventurous youth from the start, and loved to travel and experience new cultures and challenges. In his quest to see the world as a young man, he convinced his younger brother Earl Jr. to join him enlisting in the Merchant Marines, serving their country during World War II in the Pacific Theatre. Their youngest brother Jimmy also followed the maritime calling right behind them, serving in the U.S. Navy. When Vance concluded his enlistment, he continued to serve as a civilian on the Liberty Ships for Matson Lines, working his way through the ranks and earning his Engineering License at the U. S. Coast Guard Maritime Academy. Vance was recruited by Westinghouse Electric Corporation upon his discharge in 1949 as an Engineer specializing in gas turbine development projects. Vance and his family experienced many new and interesting experiences internationally during his 30 years with Westinghouse. He provided project management for overseas power generation and electrical equipment supplying power for steel mills, cement plants, and rapid transit systems in Rio de Janeiro and Sao Paulo, Brazil, and served as Plant Manager for the electric motor remanufacturing facility in Venezuela, serving the oil fields. Vance also worked a multi-year assignment building a power and water desalination plant on the island of Aruba, before returning stateside to the corporate office in New York City in 1969. Vance and his wife Vivian, came to Florida in 1980 after his retirement from Westinghouse. He continued his long career as Contract Administrator for Paradyne Corporation, followed by Martin-Marietta, Olin Ordinance, and the State of Florida. Vance finally accepted the calling to retire at 78 years of age in 2001. Vance loved his family, the sea, tennis, travel, and everything about Florida. He was especially proud of his sons Vance and Stuart. His great sense of humor kept everyone around him in stitches as he had many stories to tell about his many worldly experiences. Vance was a member of the American Legion, Veterans of Foreign Wars, and National Contract Management Association. Recently he was honored by Hope Hospice and presented with the Valor Award on behalf of the United States Marines for his service in World War II. Vance is survived by his wife of 62 years, Vivian; two sons, Vance and Stuart; 5 grandchildren, Kara, Brendan, Warren, Connor, and Christa; a great-grandson Evan. He is also survived by nieces Maria Ferrria, Shelley Dooney, and Tracy Vignati, and nephews Lance Perry, James Perry Jr., and Dale Carothers, and their families. A private memorial service will be held at Serenity Gardens in Largo, FL.
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Published in the Tampa Bay Times on Feb. 2, 2014