PERONE, JUDGE F. FREDERICK 87 â€" of Margate, passed away peacefully at Shore Medical Center in Somers Point on June 24, 2013 with family members by his side. Born in Atlantic City on May 4, 1926, he was the beloved son of the late Fred and Dolores (Calabrese) Perone, who along with his late wife, Irene, welcomed his arrival into Heaven with opened arms. Judge Perone was educated in the Atlantic City school system, attended St. Joseph's University in Philadelphia, Temple University Law School and Georgetown University Law School. During WWII
, he interrupted his high school education to join the Marines as a navigator bombardier and serve his country (1944-1946). After he was honorably discharged, he returned to ACHS to finish high school and continued his formal education. In 1955, he was admitted to the District of Columbia Bar; admitted to Western Division of New York Bar in 1959; admitted to New Jersey Bar in 1959; admitted to Middle Division of Alabama Bar in 1960. He served as Administrative Attorney with the Department of Justice for a period of two years, and as Deputy U.S. Marshall in the District of Columbia (1957). When he returned home, he partnered with his brother, Ralph, and set up their legal practice, Perone and Perone, in Atlantic City and Margate. He was appointed Atlantic City Municipal Court Judge, where he initiated night court sessions and served for over a decade (1962-1972), until he resigned, to run for public office. In 1974, he was elected County Freeholder, followed by an unsuccessful run for Senate, where he introduced the idea of passing a bill for legalizing gambling in Atlantic City. His vision of a better and thriving Atlantic City made him an unstoppable and passionate advocate for bringing casino gaming to his hometown. He held municipal judgeships in Northfield and Pleasantville, and solicitor positions in the surrounding Atlantic county area. Other accomplishments include: Exalted Ruler of Atlantic City BPOE
; District Deputy BPOE, Southern District of; Governor, Loyal Order of Moose
; Vice-President Morris Guards of Atlantic City; Atlantic City Lions Club member; on fundraising committees for civic, religious, fraternal, and political groups; Member Atlantic City Chamber of Congress; President, St. Joseph's College Alumni Association, Seashore Chapter; Board of Governors, St. Joseph's College; Charter Member of Federal Bar Association, Atlantic City Group; Founder of Atlantic County Progressive Republican Club. In the early sixties, he founded the "St. Joseph College Perone Scholarship Foundationâ€" Seashore Chapter", raising funds by running a bingo with friends and family at Perone Hall. It has allowed the college to award scholarships to area students pursuing further education at St. Joe's. In 1964, Martin (Marty) Wilson, Esq., was the first recipient of this scholarship. The Perone endowment fund has grown into the millions of dollars, and is still in existence today. He loved to tell stories about the old Atlantic City â€" the celebrated icons, clubs, eateries, theatres, boardwalk, and his first place of employment, the Steel Pier. He was a wealth of knowledge, and enjoyed reminiscing and sharing unbelievable details of the â€˜good old days'. Without hesitation, he could quote lines from old movies and famous novels, and lengthy verses from Shakespeare. However, his greatest attribute was his willingness and desire to help others -- both personally and professionally. He'd never turn away someone who needed him --on numerous occasions, he unselfishly give pro bono legal advice to those who could not afford to pay. He was a loyal friend, irreplaceable family member, loving husband, beloved brother, and devoted son â€" a man of God, who attended Mass regularly, and prayed the rosary every day. When reminded recently that he never said â€˜no' to anyone, his humble reply was: "I tried not to." He will be sorely missed by his family and all who loved him. Besides his parents and wife, he is predeceased by his cousin, Diane Nathanson Wynne (June 2012), whom he mentored and loved dearly. He is survived by his brother, A. Ralph Perone, Esq. (Michele) of Margate; his aunt, Marie (Calabrese) Nathanson of EHT; his aunt, Sally Calabrese of Somers Point; special cousins: Joyce Cullers, Lynda Sutton (Roy), and Lisa McLaughlin (Pete); stepchildren: Karl Flail (Ingrid), Karin Bohler (Herb), Krista Campolatano and children/grandchildren; cousins Edward, Steven, and Bobby Wynne, Maria Clauhs, Sandi Williams, Carlee Harbright, and numerous other Perone and Calabrese cousins. Viewing will be held on Saturday, June 29, from 9am â€" 11am, immediately followed by Mass of Christian Burial at Holy Trinity Parish: Blessed Sacrament Church, Jerome and Ventnor Avenues in Margate, NJ 08402. Entombment will be at Holy Cross Cemetery in Mays Landing. In lieu of flowers, Mass cards/Novenas or a donation to the
would be appreciated. Arrangements by the George H. Wimberg Funeral Home.