Richard “Dick” Perrin

On December 14, 2021, Richard Brian Perrin made his journey to his heavenly home. Son of the late Inez and Dick Perrin. He leaves behind his wife and best friend of 52 years, Beverley Perrin (nee Knott), his daughter Heather Sarson (David) and son Brent (Christine). He will also be missed by his grandchildren Carter, Spencer, Lieneke and Pierce. Also survived by his sister Carolyn Blackburn of Exeter, sister-in-law Pam Perrin of Wallaceburg, and brother-in-law David Knott (Lynne) of Chatham.  Predeceased by his brother Jim Perrin, sister Marlene Sebo and brothers-in-law Joe Sebo and Dale Blackburn. He also leaves behind many nieces and nephews who will miss Uncle Dickie immensely. Richard was born in Tupperville and has lived in Chatham most of his life. He started out as a barber in downtown Chatham at Ozzie Sales Barber Shop. In 1970 Dick became the barber at the Cedar Springs Hospital. After being the barber for 16 years, he moved on to the shipping and receiving department of the hospital for another 11 years. During that time he delivered 200 London Free Press papers each day for 15 years.  Dick also drove for Chaps for over 10 years. Dick’s work ethic was second to none! He always gave 110% right up until his various surgeries. His love of sports is known throughout his family. The Tigers, Lions and Maple Leafs have been his teams since childhood. Dick loved gardening at his and Bev’s home. He traveled to Bar Harbour, Maine for 24 years and it was his little slice of paradise. He is now in God’s paradise. In lieu of flowers, donations may be directed to The Scott Mission, Covenant House Toronto, or the Chatham Kent Hospice. He was loved and pampered beyond measure by earthly angels at the hospice – we will forever be grateful to you. Visitation will be Friday, December 17th from 7pm to 9pm and Saturday, December 18th from 9am to 11am with a funeral service to follow at 11am. Visitation and service will be held at Evangel Community Church, 76 Sandys Street, Chatham. Please note current Covid Protocols will be in place. You must contact Life Transitions at 519-351-4444 or to reserve a time for visitation and for attendance at the funeral. Arrangements entrusted to Life Transitions Burial and Cremation Service Inc. 

62 Comments on “Richard “Dick” Perrin”

  1. Bev, Heather,Brent and family, sending thoughts and prayers from all the Mariconda’s.Bev , you know that Dick was one of my 1st coaches in baseball. He taught me more about life.Haven’t seen all of you for years. I hope you all take care of yourselves.

  2. Bev, Heather, Brent and family. So sorry for your loss. Uncle Dicky will be missed by everyone that knew him.

    1. Bev and family, we are so very sorry to hear about Dick’s passing. Our thoughts and prayers go out to you and your family during this difficult time.

    2. Bev and family, we are so very sorry to hear about Dick’s passing. Our thoughts and prayers go out to you and your family during this difficult time.

  3. Dear Bev, Heather and Brent. Dick always had a way of bringing a smile to my face, and still does when I think of him. He was such a jokester and great guy to work with. Heartfelt condolences.

  4. Will miss our dear Brother-in-Law, his unique subtle humour and his love of his Special Sports Teams. Family was #1 with him and his smile was the key to knowing you were part of his life. Will miss you Dick. Shine in your new home on high!

  5. Bev and family. So sorry to hear about Dick’s passing. I went to McKeough School with Dick and Jim and worked at SRC for 22 years. You and Dick have helped a lot of people including being crossing guards on Lacroix St for many years, shovelling snow for seniors and many other acts of charity. Thoughts and prayers for all of your family. Gayle and John Corso

  6. Bev and Family: So sorry to hear of Dick’s passing. I always enjoyed talking with Dick while getting the clients haircuts at SRC. I have always thought highly of Dick and you as being people who had been blessed and wanting to give back. We will remember you and yours in our prayers . May God grant you his comfort and peace through this difficult time.

  7. Bev so sorry to hear of Dick’s passing. Will never forget the last time I saw you two at the grocery store and I called him Coach and he seemed embaressed. Some of my old teamates from that team have gotten together recently and it was the lessons learned from this man that shaped us to who we became. Gods speed Coach, and family just keep happy thoughts of him in your hearts, Shawn

  8. I am his first cousin I remember him from Family reunions years ago and loved him then May he rest in Jesus arms till we meet again Love Betty (Eagleson) Waldie Edmonton Alberta

  9. My sincere sympathy to all of you on Dick’s passing. I remember him helping to paint the garage at our home on Lorne Avenue many, many years ago. He is at peace. Treasure your memories.

  10. Our Sincere condolences to family .Uncle Dick will be truly missed by many I will certainly miss Dicks humour.

  11. Bev,
    So sorry to read of Dicks passing. It always made our day when we would see and talk to you both when we were out and about.Thinking of you.

  12. Grandpa Dickie was the sweetest and most gentle grandfather. He was always willing to give the kids his utmost attention and listen to them talk about what mattered to them no matter how young they were. And his funny jokes and comments made any situation better. He will be missed.

  13. Beverley
    Very sad news hearing of Dick’s passing. The two of you were such a great team together in helping make our community a better place to live. Dick will be sorely missed by everyone who had the pleasure of knowing him.
    Brian Preston

  14. Bev & Perrin Family: We just wanted to let you know that you are in our thoughts & prayers. May memories of the laughter and love you shared bring you peace now and always. Lots of Hugs Sincerely: Irene & Patti

  15. Many fond memories of Dick, as the crosswalk person on Lacroix St. He was such a great man.
    The Bennett family sends condolences to Bev and the family.

  16. Mauro & I will hold our memories of you Dick, close to our hearts. You were jjust the best. Always smiling and had a great one-liner to say just to make us laugh. Especially fun teasing Mauro. Dick, We will take good care of Bev. Until we meet again… ❤️

  17. Bev and family:
    Dick’s shop at Southwestern Regional Centre was often a gathering spot to solve the world’s problems and discuss the woes of the Tigers. “SparkY”, as he was known to his SRC pals, was a much loved and respected man by both staff and residents of our facility. His soft spoken wit, subtle smile and friendship will be long remembered. Our deepest sympathy.

  18. Aunt Bev , Heather & Brent & Families , we are so very sorry, Uncle Dickie will be truly missed ! He was such a kind & gentle soul to everyone he met , always lending a helping hand to all ! Rest Easy Uncle Dickie xo

  19. My deepest sympathy to Bev and the family. Dick was such a wonderful man and patient and will be greatly missed. My sincere sympathy and blessings during this difficult time.

  20. Heather, Dave and Perrin Family:
    No words we could say will ease the pain of your loss! But know you our in our thoughts and prayers.

    Don And Maureen DeBaene

  21. Bev, Keeping you & your family in our thoughts & prayers as you journey through this time of loss. Dick was such a gentle person. Thinking back to all the friendly waves we would share when he guarded the school children on Lacroix St. Sue shared that she had an opportunity to say goodbye. How thoughtful it was that you gave friends this blessing. Les & Karen Wood

  22. My condolences Bev and Family. Dick was such a sweet man. My dad (Casey) and our family thought very highly of him. My thoughts and prayers are with you all.

  23. Bev: My heart now has a little hole that Dick had.I have so many memories in my lifetime of Dick.We felt honored when you and Dick came to the Sports Hall of Fame dinner when Dad was indicted.That meant so much to us and especially to dad.As you know Dick was a great friend to Casey through all the years of coaching Minor ball.I loved when I was at Moms and and Dads and you would stop in or honk as you were going to Heathers around the corner.Bev you and Dick meant so much to all of us.Now him and dad are reunited and can talk all the baseball they so sorry Bev and family.

  24. To Dick’s family, we have had almost a lifetime of fun and friendship and it has been wonderful. Sending my condolences and know now Dick is in our Lords care.R.I.P.

  25. My condolences Bev to you and your family. May all your wonderful memories help you through this difficult time.

  26. My condolences go out to the family of Richard (Dick). Could not ask for s better friend, as I went to CVS with both his brother Jim & Dick. Dick would give you his shirt off his back to anyone in need. He will be missed by all who knew him. Our lost is God’s gain, as I know God will say well done. Till we meet again, you will be missed. Rest in Peace My Friend Dick Perrin.

  27. Dear Aunt Bev, Heather, Brent and families

    We are hear broken at the loss of our much loved Uncle Dick. He was such a kind and gentle soul who always had a smile on his face, and a kind word for everyone. It was always such a pleasure to be in his company. Heaven certainly gained an angel, and we will always remember and cherish our memories.

    God bless
    Scott, Terrie and family

  28. Dear Aunt Bev, Heather, Brent and families

    We are hear broken at the loss of our much loved Uncle Dick. He was such a kind and gentle soul who always had a smile on his face, and a kind word for everyone. It was always such a pleasure to be in his company. Heaven certainly gained an angel, and we will always remember and cherish our memories.

    God bless

  29. Heather, Brent and families,
    Dan and I are deeply sorry to hear of your dad’s passing. He sounds like a true community supporter and all-around great guy. May your memories bring you comfort. Sending you much love and support. XO

  30. Bev, Heather and Brent and families,
    Our hearts are just broken with the passing of Dick far too soon! My kids have the most wonderful memories of coming to Chatham and seeing Dick. They have said, “Chatham will never be the same without Dick there!” Courtney (sprinkles) as Dick would call her because when she was young he always took her for a ‘sprinkled’ donut will miss him the most! To be be so far away and not able to get to the visitation and funeral is very hard for me. In my heart I will never forget my dearest friend and beer drinking buddy! Love you forever Dick – and Bev…. we will remember him together this summer. Hold on to the love and support of all your very dear friends! xoxo Love you,
    Jayme Bennett – Meagan, Brandon and Courtney

  31. Alan, Jean & family
    Just picked up your sad news here in UK so send our condolencies to you cousin Bev and family. Although we did not meet Dick we have read all of the messages to you from his and your friends on this web site and see that he was a well respected husband and will be solely missed by you all. We think of you at this time and remember one time in particular when you were here in UK on holiday and had only just met Dick. You could not wait for your holiday to end so that you could get back to Canada to see Dick. So we were in at the start of your 52 years of happy life together.
    Good choice Bev

  32. Bev and family, such a wonderful man, generous and kind, he will be missed! Our sincere condolences…

  33. Heather and family – Your dad was a very special person and I am grateful he worked with our Centre youth. My thoughts and sympathy are with you and your family.

  34. Heather and David, although I did not know your father, reading of his very full life and care for others, I know he will be missed. Please extend to your mother and family my thoughts and prayers for comfort and peace. Prayerfully, P. Marg Moriyama

  35. To Bev and Family,
    Dick, ‘Sparky’ will be missed by so many. He was a great guy with a wonderful sense of humour and always fun to be around. As one of his friends recently said; “Dick’s humour was dry as unbuttered toast”. We have many great memories of our times together. Our condolences to you and your family.
    Dick and Norma

  36. Bev and family,
    So very sorry to hear about Dick. While working with Bev at St. Joes, I heard many family stories over the years featuring Dick and the kids. I know he will be missed by family and friends. Please accept our sincere condolences.
    Sue and Henry Wiebenga

  37. So sorry to hear of Dick’s passing. Hugs to Bev. I have heard Dick’s praises sung for years before we met. His mom Inez and my mom Clare worked together , traveled together and were great friends. He lived up to all the good things we heard about him. R.I.P. my friend

  38. My deepest sympathy to Dick’s entire family. Remembering both Dick & Jim from our childhoods and Tupperville baseball days……many years ago.

  39. Bev and family:
    Sending condolences to you. Bev I have an angel coin that you gave to me at work one day at St. Joseph’s Hospital. I carry it in my wallet to this day. May your special memories of life with Dick live in your heart to help you through this most difficult time. Sorry for your loss.

  40. I can’t express just how much Dick has impacted our family. He was always there to help me with cutting grass or shoveling snow. Later vacuuming halls and helping me any time he thought he could. He played with the kids and had many conversations with them that made a huge difference to them. The world has lost a great one and my heart will always have a hole where Dick’s love resided. Much Love for the man and much sadness for Bev

  41. Bev – sincerest condolences. It’s wonderful to know that he is in Heaven, worshiping Jesus.
    Love you Bev

  42. A blast from the past! It is with great sorrow that I have learned of Dick’s passing. Although I left SRC in 1979, anytime I visited there it was great to see Dick and Bill Gardiner. As I started my work career at SRC in 1967, I had many opportunities to enjoy the company of Dick there and in Chatham. In those early days the barber shop was a gathering place to visit and enjoy the camaraderie of friends, especially at Christmas time and other special events. Those were memorable days, and I will always cherish those times, even as I pursued my career in Social Work elsewhere. As we age it is always difficult to hear of the loss of old friends! My condolences to Dick’s family. Rest in peace ‘Sparky’!

  43. Bev. so sorry to hear of your loss. I have many fond memories of visiting you and Dick in your
    home. He will be missed by many friends.

  44. Oh Bev – we are so sorry to hear of your loss. Dick was such a wonderful man – always smiling and quick to shake our hands. He will be missed by many. Praying for you and your family during this difficult time and in the days and weeks to come.

  45. Dear Bev. and family. Our deepest heartfelt condolences ! May God give you strength at tis difficult time!
    We have fond memories of Dick! with his quick wit, always a joke as we shared elevators, especially the “bag”
    lady. we will miss him! love Grace and Gary

  46. Bev, so sorry to hear of Dick passing. Always a great guy with a wonderful sense of humour. Our thoughts are with you and your families at this time.

    Ed and Diane Myers

  47. Bev and family, Sorry to hear of Dick’s passing. May your family find peace in this sad time.

  48. Dear Bev, Heather and family:

    Please accept my deepest sympathy as you mourn the loss of your husband/ father. May fond memories bring comfort in your time of sorrow. I pray you are sensing God’s presence surrounding you with His love, peace and strength.

    Kim Pierce.

  49. Sending our heartfelt love and Condolences to you Bev and family at this time. Praying that you feel God’s embrace and closeness as you walk through this season of mourning.

  50. Bev,Heather, Brent, and family ,please accept our condolences on Dicks’ passing. We are so sorry for your loss. We pray the Lord will give your family peace at this time.
    David, Crystal Krogman

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