Paul Vincent Perrin, Jr. passed away in Stockton on December 7th at the age of 78. Vince was a descendant of two pioneer Lodi families, the Perrin's and Beckman's. Vince was preceded in death by his parents Paul and Eileen Perrin and an infant sister. He is survived by a brother Toni (Kenna) of San Diego, a brother Craig (Julie) of Tampa Bay, Florida, several nieces and nephews, and many cousins and close friends.
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Vince graduated from Lodi High school where he was the editor of the school newspaper, The Flame, and a proud member of the Band. After graduation in 1953 he attended San Jose State University where he earned a degree in Journalism.
After graduation Vince was drafted into the U.S. Army. He signed up for two years but extended his tour one year. He was stationed in Germany where he was a reporter for the Stars and Stripes Military newspaper. Elvis Presley was stationed with Vince and Vince liked to tell the story about interviewing Elvis.
He returned to Lodi after an honorable discharge and went to work for the Stockton Record in the Lodi office. After a few years he was transferred to the main office in Stockton. In addition to being a reporter he was the editor of the Entertainment section of the paper.
After about 15 years with The Record Vince was offered a job with the City of Stockton as its first Executive Director of the Stockton Arts Commission. Vince accepted the position and became extremely involved with all aspects of the Arts in Stockton. After years of promoting and critiquing all of the arts in Stockton the members of Stockton Opera Association asked him to participate in the opera Mikado. Vince accepted and played the title character. He did an outstanding job even singing his roll. He was always proud of doing this.
Vince retired from the City of Stockton in 2004 with 24 years of service. In 2012 the Arts Commission awarded him the Founder's Award for his "service, dedication and commitment" to Stockton's artistic community.
Vince served on the Board of Directors and was a Past President of both the
Friends of the Stockton Library, and Friends of the Bob Hope Fox Theater.
In his spare time Vince was an avid reader. He loved reading anything and had a vast book collection. When he moved into a retirement home two years ago he donated his entire book collection to the Friends of the Library book store. He also loved movies and had over 1,000 movies on DVD. He donated his movies to Rio Las Palmas retirement home so that the residents there could enjoy them.
The family would like to thank the staff at Rio Las Palmas retirement home for his care the past two years. And a special thanks Leighann, the E.R. Nurse at St. Joseph's Hospital. Vince was there three times the past few months and each time Leighann was his nurse and was compassionate, caring and an excellent nurse. Lastly thank you to the NODA (No One Dies Alone) volunteers at St. Joseph's Hospital. They stayed with him 24 hours a day during his final days.
Vince's cremains will be placed in the Beckman Family Plot with his parents at the Lodi Cemetery on East Pine St. in a private ceremony at a later date.
Published in Lodi News-Sentinel from Dec. 11 to Dec. 18, 2013