Jimmy "Vince" "Papa" Perri died of pneumonia on January 13, 2013, his daughters by his side. He was 94 years young.
A man of simple tastes and true to his heritage, a glass of Chianti, a plate of spaghetti and some Italian music were all he needed to be completely happy.
Jimmy was born in Victoria, British Columbia, to Maria and Luigi Perri on September 27, 1918.
He married his childhood friend, Helen Casilio on May 27, 1944, at Queen of Angels Church. The couple then relocated to Prince Rupert, British Columbia, where Jimmy was serving in the Royal Canadian Army Infantry, Commando Unit.
After his enlistment was over, the couple moved to Victoria, where he worked at his father's shoeshine stand. The couple had two daughters, Sharon Hoare and Joanne (Bob) Keeler, and moved in 1952 to Port Angeles, where they built the Royal Victorian Motel.
Jimmy worked for Angeles Creamery and K&K Fine Foods, then became a shareholder with Peninsula Plywood, the company from which he would retire. He had numerous stories to tell about his PenPly family, especially the lunchroom antics.
He sang in the Queen of Angels Church Choir for 52 years, was organist for the Elks Lodge
and played the guitar, harmonica, accordion and piano as well. Despite his comedic demeanor, he was a master of words and geography, as well as all things unique and obscure.
Jimmy was first and foremost a comedian, earning the title of "class nitwit" in his high school yearbook. Until his final days, his caregivers would tell stories of his witty and humorous remarks.
When recently asked by one of his doctors if he was in any pain, he smiled and said, "Only when I get your bill."
He was preceded in death by his wife of 66 years, Helen; his parents; and his sister, Josie.
He has three grandsons, Christopher Hoare, Paul (Karen) Johnson and David (Alicia) Hoare; three great-grandchildren, Brittany Attwood and Braden and Andrew Hoare; and nieces and nephew Sherry Rosario, Susan (Sam) Taylor, Nina (Tom) Fryer, David (Beth) Politano and Karen (Don) Sargent.
Buona sera, Papa.
At his request, there will be no service. In lieu of flowers, donations to either Queen of Angels Church, 209 West 11th Street, Port Angeles, WA 98362; or BPOE of Port Angeles (Elks Naval Lodge), 131 East First Street, Port Angeles, WA 98362, would be appreciated.
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