Ed Perry embraced the adventure of entrepreneurship. He died suddenly on Saturday, Dec. 1, 2018 at age 77, closing out a full week of work, a morning personal best on the golf course, an afternoon watching college football and a quiet dinner at home in Rancho Palos Verdes, Calif. with his wife. Born on May 12, 1941 in Chicago, Ill. to Rose Giovannoni and Edward "Ted" Perry, Ed and his brother, William Perry (who preceded him in death), grew up steeped in the Italian traditions of their mother's extended family. As a high school football star at Lyons Township High School in LaGrange, Ill., Ed played center for the undefeated conference champion Lions. He attended Wichita State University on a football scholarship before earning a bachelor's of philosophy from DePaul University and an MBA from Loyola University in Chicago. In 1975, he uprooted his young family and moved from Chicago to Northridge, Calif., where he adopted the casual lifestyle of year-round shorts. Manufacturing businesses dominated his career, first as owner of high-performance automotive part manufacturers Cyclone and Mr. Gasket, and then as owner of American Shower Door since 1988. Throughout his life, Ed found an ever-renewing excitement and reward in his work. Outside the office, his deepest passions included golf, the Lakers, travel and time with his grandchildren. Ed is survived by his wife, Joanna Perry; his three children, Jennifer Perry Lay, Rebecca Perry Millsapps and Christopher Perry; step-daughter Christa Butler; and former spouse Carol Sturgill. He was an infinitely devoted grandfather to Sophia Millsapps and Trent, Ruby and Hazel Perry. Memorial contributions may be made to The Midnight Mission at www.midnightmission.org.
In his life, Ed supported this hometown organization in offering a hand up for poverty and homelessness, and gifts that continue his legacy are deeply appreciated.