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Harold Leonard Perry Sr.


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Harold Leonard Perry, Sr. Dec.15, 1933 - Apr. 30, 2009 Harold, known to many in the Bay Area as "Hal" Perry passed away peacefully on April 30, 2009 at the age of 75 after a brief illness. Harold was one of five children born to Charles and Verna Perry. He was the brother of Charles (deceased), Rubin, Manuel and Barbara (Perry-Daniels). He was the father of Harold Jr., Eric and Gale. Harold was born in Madison, Illinois. After his family moved to California in 1947, he spent most of his school years in Ukiah where he participated in school government and, in his senior year, was elected Student Body President. He was active in the school choir and band as well as the community. He also played many different sports and lettered in basketball, football, track and field and baseball. Harold was awarded a basketball scholarship to attend the University of San Francisco (USF) upon graduating from Ukiah High. He played guard on the two USF Don's NCAA Championship Teams of 1955 and 1956 with K.C. Jones and Bill Russell. In 2008, he was inducted into the USF Basketball Hall of Fame. In the same year, he was also inducted, along with other sports legends in Oakland, into the African American Ethnic Sports Hall of Fame. In February of this year, 2009, he along the other teammates of the legendary 1955 and 1956 Basketball Teams were honored at USF. Harold, "Hal", was a well-known civil rights attorney in Oakland for many years and also worked in the District Attorney's office. He shared his free time working with a number of Oakland civic organizations and various youth committees where he touched many lives. Harold enriched his life with his faith and he has been an active member of the Third Baptist Church in San Francisco and Bethel Missionary Baptist Church in Oakland. He leaves his family members and friends with many fond memories and we will miss his kindness and positive spirit. Service will be held Thursday, May 7 at 11:00 a.m. at Fouche's Hudson Funeral Home, 3665 Telegraph Avenue, Oakland, California. Public viewing will be held from 10:00 a.m. to 10:45 a.m. In lieu of flowers, please make donations to the USF Alumni Association, San Francisco, California.

Published in Inside Bay Area from May 3 to May 4, 2009
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