John Perella
1949 - 2020
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John (Jack) Perella, 71, of Columbus, OH passed away on Friday, May 15, 2020 after a brief illness. Born in Reading, PA on February 9, 1949, he was the son of the late Henry and Thelma (Maclean) Perella. He is survived by his wife, Summer, of Columbus, OH and his sons Timothy (Sheryl) of Chino, CA and Andrew (Valerie) of West Chester, PA. Jack was a Spanish teacher in the Reading School District, retiring in 2004, after 33 years of teaching. He also spent numerous summers as the assistant director of the Reading Nature Center. An accomplished tenor soloist, he sang for numerous weddings, in and around Berks County with his first wife Beverly, who also survives him. Until this past year, Jack was the tenor soloist for the annual “Sing Messiah”, which brought him tremendous joy. Jack’s passion and gift for singing included numerous roles with Berks Opera often performed together with his lifelong friend, Brian Gibson. For ten years, Jack also sang with the Bach Choir of Bethlehem. Jack spent many years as a volunteer EMT with Exeter Ambulance, serving as the Vice President. Jack also took great pride in being an active member of the Descendants of the 88th PA Vol., who bi-annually took care of the 88th PA monument at Gettysburg. Most recently, what brought Jack the greatest joy was his volunteer position at Reading Hospital as a compassionate caregiver in Pediatrics and as a “No One Dies Alone” companion. There are simply no words that can adequately convey the love and joy that he brought to all those whom he met. Jack’s, was a life well lived. His presence will be greatly missed. Arrangements for a celebration of Jack’s life are pending and will be announced at a later date.

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Published in Reading Eagle from May 22 to May 24, 2020.
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May 30, 2020
Dan and I are very sad to find out that Jack has died. The world has lost a very special person. Jack will always be remembered for his quick smile, his big generous heart and beautiful voice. Jack was one of those persons who enriched the lives of all he met. Our deepest sympathy to you, Summer, and Jack's sons Andrew and Timothy. You are all in our thoughts and prayers during this difficult time.
Barb and Dan Grim
May 27, 2020
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Mr. Perella is a great teacher. Who always had a smile on his face. I enjoyed taking his class at Reading High. I have wonderful memories of him singing and laughing while we read in spanish class. He had a wonderful sense of humor. Sorry for your loss. He will be truly missed. Mildre Acevedo Maniaci
Mildre Maniaci
Student
May 26, 2020
An awesome teacher and a better man. Loved him and always looked forward to his class.
Al DeMartino
Student
May 25, 2020
Jack touched so many lives. He was a wonderful teacher. A magnificent soloist and a great friend to many. My deepest Sympathy to Jack's family from a n old friend starting at 5th and Spring Elementary School until more recently teaching in the Reading School District. You will be missed, but fondly remembered!
Cyndie Radcliffe Flickinger
Friend
May 25, 2020
Mr. Perella was one of a kind, one of the nicest, funniest and most caring teachers at Reading High school. His style of teaching helped kids learn easily and beyond that helped them get through some tough days. His class was one to look forward to each day. He will be missed. God bless.
Kerry A.
Student
May 24, 2020
He was a great teacher. One time some of the members of the fire department came to our school to demonstrate their equipment and I was chosen to wear the fireman uniform. I was so small at that time and the uniform was so big on me that I couldnt walk up the stairs so Mr Perella picked me up and put me over his shoulder and carried me upstairs and then took a picture of me. I still have that picture.
Rest In Peace Mr Perella and thank you for being a good teacher and person.
Rafael Pichardo
Student
May 24, 2020
Mr. Perella was a wonderful man and teacher. It was a joy to be in his class. My deepest condolences to his friends and family. May he Rest In Peace. Chiletta
Chiletta (Brantley) Walls
Student
May 24, 2020
My deepest condolences to his family, wonderful teacher, great man. Thank you for all you gave me RHS Strong , class of 90
Tabatha West
Tabatha west
Student
May 24, 2020
Mr. P was one of my favorite teachers. He made Spanish fun to learn. So sad to hear of his passing. My condolences to his family. Class of 2004.
Danielle Hurst
Student
May 24, 2020
He was a great bilingual teacher. And He had the best patience ever. Rip Mr. Perella
Sonia
Student
May 24, 2020
Amazing teacher. Descansa en Paz maestro.
Janice Toledo
Student
May 24, 2020
I loved having Mr Perella for Spanish at RHS. My sincerest sympathies are with his family.
Christy Wanner
Student
May 24, 2020
Jack was a Big man. Big in voice, able to fill any concert hall with magnificent sound. Big in spirit and joy. Big in heart and soul. His big smile could light up any room. The world is smaller now because this Big man is gone from it. Fortunately my life has been made bigger because he passed so gloriously through it. Rest well, my dear friend. I will miss you.
Brian R. Gibson
Friend
May 23, 2020
I taught with Jack at RHS for many years. My husband (and sometimes even I) sang with him also in various venues. I will always remember his beautiful tenor voice, his friendly disposition, and his kind support during our family tragedy. My sincere sympathy goes to Summer and to his children, as well as to Bev Perella.
Sara Achenbach
Coworker
May 23, 2020
I first met Jack with his first wife Bev at Grace Lutheran in Reading. What a great man! He also sang the Lords Prayer at my wedding and remember fondly him playing Herrod in Superstar! Then his last yr as a Spanish teacher he had my son Jeff in his class - imagine his surprise when I walked in the door at open house! He knew me right away! Like time never moved on! He gave so much to the community with his voice and teaching career - he will be greatly missed! Prayers to his family.
Barb Seidel
Acquaintance
May 23, 2020
Jack, it was a great honor getting to know you and Summer! God grant you a peaceful repose!
Karin Long
Acquaintance
May 23, 2020
RIP Buddy,
Fellow RHS Class of '67, the incomparable Charles F. Maude (Bye, Bye Birdie 1967), a fellow musician.
Thought and prayers to the family and friends.
Tom Shade
Classmate
May 23, 2020
So sorry for your loss. I went to Twin Valley High School and knew him from there. Later when I work at Pathmark he would come in when he ran ambulance. Again so sorry for your loss
Susan E Whalen
May 23, 2020
Jack was a kind and caring person even when I first met him in 7th grade. We were classmates (Perella and Pierce), attended catechism classes together, and spent summers at the same pool. Thankfully, we were able to catch up on Facebook in the past few years. I will remember him always. RIP Jack!
Mary Ann Wayne
Classmate
May 23, 2020
Gary and I enjoyed many wonderful gourmet dinners at the Perella house and even lived with Jack and Bev for a few months. He also sang at our wedding and the boys were altar servers. Many wonderful memories of him. Condolences to Tim and Andrew.
Sue Parzanese
Friend
May 23, 2020
I went to school with Jack. Love and prayers for the entire family.
Donna (Berger) Mauldin
Friend
May 23, 2020
Jack was my brother in law since I was 10 years old. I've known him since I was 6 years old. His love, care, compassion, and influence in my life make me who I am today. I will miss him tremendously.
Rick Gaylor
Family
May 23, 2020
Jacks friendship blessed my life forever. Summer, I hold you in my heart always.
Robin Wynne
Friend
May 23, 2020
John was always one of my favorite people. He was outgoing and fun and full of life and of course very talented. He never said an unkind word about anyone and always brightened my day when I saw him. His generous spirit should be a reminder of how we should spend our lives. He will be missed.
Bonnie Piccone
May 22, 2020
Attending SING MESSIAH (all the way from Massachusetts) for a number of years; it was a great pleasure to hear John sing the tenor solos. He will make a wonderful addition to the Heavenly Chorus!
My deepest sympathy to his family.
Debbie Clark
May 22, 2020
You will be missed Uncle Jack.. your incredible cooking and angelic opera singing will be sorely missed by many. RIP
Rachel Gatto
Family
May 22, 2020
I am very glad I met Jack through the Descendants of the 88th. He was a man to admire for his knowledgeable and expertise in humanity. May God be a comfort Summer to you and Jack's loved ones. Sorry for your lose and ours.
Carol Majewski
Friend
May 22, 2020
Will miss you always, dear friend. Thank you for your laughter, wisdom, caring, encouragement, music, and friendship. You will not be forgotten. My deepest sympathy to you, Summer.
Alex Solosko
Friend
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