Haverhill — Bernard C. Perron, 96, a longtime resident of the Belvidere Section of Lowell and parishioner of the Immaculate Conception Church, died Friday evening, October 5 at the Merrimack Valley Hospice House in Haverhill with his loving family by his side. He was the beloved husband of the late Estelle S. (Parent) Perron with whom he was happily married for over 50 years.
Born in Salem, Mass., October 31, 1915, a son of the late Jean Baptiste and the late Alma (Audet) Perron, he attended Salem schools and was a graduate of Salem High School. He then went on to attend Wentworth Institute of Technology in Boston.
A veteran of World War II, Bernard proudly served his country in the U.S. Navy in the Atlantic and Pacific aboard the USS Barbet and the USS St. Paul. He was awarded the American Defense Service Ribbon, the Asiatic-Pacific Area Service Ribbon, One Engagement Star and the American Area Service Ribbon. He was honorably discharged in 1945 at the rank of Chief Electrician’s Mate.
Before retiring, Bernard worked for over 30 years at IBM, first as an Engineer on Main Frame Systems then a Field Service Manager out of the Waltham Offices. After retiring, he eagerly awaited the introduction of IBM’s personal computer where he immediately purchased one of the first units produced. He remained an avid computer user and embraced the latest technologies, including researching his family genealogy.
He enjoyed summers at his residence on Lake Winnipesaukee where he was also a charter member of the Lake Shore Park Association and served on their Board of Directors. Among his many activities, he enjoyed sailing, music, photography and was also a ham radio operator.
Being all about family, Bernard loved spending quality time with his children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
Bernard is survived by five daughters, Gloria Allard and her husband Edward of Queensbury, N.Y., Dianne Callahan and her husband Michael of Gilford, N.H., Colleen Armstrong and her husband Paul of Lowell, Pamela Stoddard and her husband Clayton of Hannawa Falls, N.Y. and Christine Pilgram and her husband Paul of Salt Lake City, Utah; two sons, John C. Perron and his wife Beth of Ipswich and Bernard C. Perron, Jr. and his wife Sheila of Groveland; 24 grandchildren; 25 great-grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews.
He was also the last surviving sibling of seventeen children.
ARRANGEMENTS: Friends may call at the O’Donnell Funeral Home, 276 Pawtucket St., Lowell, from 4 to 8 p.m., Tuesday. His funeral will take place from the funeral home, Wednesday morning at 9 a.m., followed by a funeral Mass at the Immaculate Conception Church (Lower church) at 10 a.m. Burial in St. Mary Cemetery in Tewksbury.
Those wishing may make contributions in his memory to the Merrimack Valley Hospice House, 360 North Ave, Haverhill, MA 01830.
Arrangements by funeral directors James F. O’Donnell, Jr. and John W. Crane. (978 or 866) 458-8768.