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John Gregory Perrin

October 30, 1947 — March 14, 2024

Shaker Heights

John Gregory Perrin

John Gregory Perrin, a beloved father, devoted husband, and esteemed educator, passed away on March 14, 2024, leaving behind a legacy of kindness and dedication. Born on October 30, 1947, in Sandusky, Ohio, to June Eileen and James Raymond Perrin, John's journey was marked by a deep commitment to enriching the lives of those around him.

Growing up in Huron, Ohio, John enjoyed life on Lake Erie and developed a passion for sports early on. As the Class President of the Huron High School Class of 1965, he excelled both on the wrestling mat and as the quarterback of the football team. His athletic prowess continued at Miami University where he furthered his football and wrestling exploits and pledged Beta Theta Pi fraternity, forging lasting friendships. It was at Miami that John found the love of his life, Bridget, who would become his lifelong partner of 55 years. John and Bridget would marry and welcome two children, Gabrielle and Mike. They settled in Shaker Heights, Ohio and called it home throughout their lives together.

John's professional path led him to a distinguished career in education. He started fresh out of college as a middle school Social Studies teacher in Cleveland and also coached the school wrestling team. John soon pursued his Masters in Education with an emphasis in School Counseling from Kent State University. This paved the way for his impactful role in Administration in Career and Vocational Education in the Cleveland schools until his retirement as the Director of Guidance and Counseling after 32 years of service.

After retiring from the district, John's passion for education led him to Tri-C for North Coast Tech Prep where he continued his work in support of area students. His commitment to Career Tech events, including the memorable Cardboard Canoe races (even if it meant an occasional unintended swim), showcased his unwavering enthusiasm for hands-on learning experiences.

Outside of work, John embraced life with joy and zest. In his 20’s, summer meant managing and playing on a Shaker Rec Softball team made up of his teaching buddies - a great time was had by all, no matter the final score. Cycling and later rowing on the Cuyahoga River also became favorite pastimes. Time spent with his grandchildren was always a high priority. In their free time, John and Bridget enjoyed traveling to spend time with their grandchildren, exploring the U.S., visiting the Florida Keys as well as the Cleveland Indians Spring Training.

John's warm personality and genuine care touched countless lives. Whether cheering on his children—Gabrielle and Mike—or supporting his grandchildren in their endeavors, he was always present with a smile and an encouraging word. Known for his kindness, humor, and willingness to lend an expert helping hand with any home repair project, John will be remembered as a pillar of strength within his family and community.

He is survived by his loving wife Rosemary Bridget Perrin; children Gabrielle Perrin and Mike (Jessica) Perrin; grandchildren Amalia Ackerman, Moses Ackerman, Wesley Perrin, and Cole Perrin; sister Judy Burk; along with numerous other cherished family members and friends.

We will miss John as a husband, father and grandfather, and feel blessed to have been so lucky as to have shared this time on earth with him. We remain inspired by his humble, unwavering commitment to public service and equity for all. His spirit of generosity, and unwavering love for his family will forever be etched in our hearts.

Friends and family may visit to remember John's life on Saturday, April 6, 2024 from 3:00 - 5:00 p.m. at Brown-Forward Funeral Home, located at 17022 Chagrin Blvd. in Shaker Heights, Oh. 

In lieu of flowers, gifts may be made to the Nature Center at Shaker Lakes in memory of John Perrin, 2600 S. Park Blvd, Cleveland, OH 44120 or online at shakerlakes.org/tribute-gifts.

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