He leaves his fiancee Eleanor Edenfield; his son, Charles Perez and his wife, Kim James; daughter, Linda Suzanne Perez; and daughter, Deborah Fifield and husband, Alan; grandchildren, Megan and Leah Fifield; one great-grandchild, Oscar Alan Fifield. Also his surviving brothers Mark, Charles and David Perez and sisters Margaret Sterner and Mary Light. He was predeceased by his parents, brothers, Tony, Ralph, Aaron, Richard and Alex and sister, Priscilla Robinson and one grandchild, Jessica Perez. Oscar was born in San Antonio, TX on August 15, 1936 to Antonio and Margarita (Sanchez) Perez. He was raised in Texas and moved to Michigan with his eight brothers and three sisters. Mr. Perez was a long-time resident of Bradenton after moving here in 1962. Service to country, community and a strong work ethic defined him. Oscar served three years active duty in the United States Marine Corps (USMC), with time in Korea followed by three years in the USMC reserves. Afterwards he found his true calling in law enforcement, serving 43 years with the Manatee County Sheriff's Office in many capacities. He especially loved working as an Advisor with the Explorers and retired twice, earning the rank of Sergeant. His last assignment was in the Elder Crimes Unit helping the elderly who were being exploited or victimized. He was an unseen advocate for the less fortunate or vulnerable. In the many years he was a resident of the Braden Castle community he could often be found helping neighbors maintain their homes and yards even in recent years with the cancer diagnosis, while undergoing chemotherapy. He was a long-time member of both St. Joseph and Sacred Heart parishes in Bradenton. Most Sundays would find Oscar in the church hall after mass serving coffee and donuts. For church dinners he was in the kitchen cooking and making his much requested homemade salsa. He was a Fourth Degree Knight in the Knights of Columbus and volunteered with Bradenton based Republican committees. Funeral services will be held on Monday, May 2, 2016 at 2:00pm at Sacred Heart Church; 1505 12th Avenue West in Bradenton. Reception to follow in the church hall and photographic display of a life well loved and lived. In lieu of flowers, he would wish for donations to Tidewell Hospice (non-profit) of Ellenton, FL who provided such compassionate care to him and his family both at home and in hospice.
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Published in The Bradenton Herald on Apr. 20, 2016