YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio (MyValleyTributes) – Dr. Joseph D. Perry, 76, died on February 4, 2021 in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. The cause of death was complications related to a stroke in December 2020.
Joseph was born on July 6, 1944 in Youngstown, Ohio, to the late Dominic and Mary Ruozzo Perry.
He graduated from Lowellville High School in 1962, where he excelled in football and particularly enjoyed playing under his coach, John Santillo. He was later inducted into the Lowellville Rockets Football Hall of Fame. Joseph continued his education at Youngstown State University and received his bachelor’s degree in education in 1967. During his time at YSU, he was a proud member of the Sigma Alpha Epsilon Brotherhood and had lifelong friendships with many of his brothers. In 1970 he and his father, who also received his degree and PhD, received a Masters degree in Psychology from Westminster College. in School Psychology from Kent State University in 1977.
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Dr. Perry enjoyed life in many different dimensions. He began his career as an eighth-grade teacher at Girard Schools, then moved on to the Trumbull County Board of Education as a school psychologist, and later served as director of mental health services for the Cleveland Public School District. Other professional qualifications included positions as an instructor at Kent State University, associate professor at John Carroll University, professor at the University of Akron, professor at Barry University in Miami, Florida, and director of child psychology at Tod Children’s Hospital in Youngstown. As a licensed psychologist in Ohio, Florida and Pennsylvania, he worked in private practice for 25 years in addition to his extensive other professional activities. At the time of his death, he was serving as a forensic investigator on the 16th Circuit Court in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. He has also been a prolific writer and has presented at countless national and regional conferences.
Joseph was a member of OSPA, APA, NASP and was recognized at the highest level of his profession as a diplomat with the American Board of Professional Psychology. Always optimistic and sociable, Joseph was always engaged in mentoring and research.
In addition to his professional endeavors, Dr. Perry has served a variety of other interests. He enjoyed collecting a wide variety of antique clocks, following the Cleveland Browns, supporting the OSU Buckeyes, and boating on Florida’s International Waterway. He also enjoyed landscaping, Roman history, and his cat, Sunny-Santino. Joseph will be greatly missed by everyone he has touched in his life.
He leaves his wife Dr. Elizabeth Bard; two daughters, Marijo Perry and Pamala (Randy) Learn; Sisters, Marilee (Thomas) Pilkington and Nancy (John) Grapevine; Brothers Dominic (Rosemary) Perry and John (Michele) Perry; Sister-in-law Lisa Perry; Granddaughters, Whitney (Michael) Conjeski and Stephanie (Kris) Roper and four great-grandchildren, Benjamin, Alexia and Zachary Conjeski and Alayna Roper.
In addition to his parents, his son Dr. Mark L. Perry and his brother James Perry.
Family and friends will be welcomed to the Cunningham-Becker Funeral Home, 244 McGill Street, Lowellville, on Friday, March 12, 2021, from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.
A Christian burial mass will be held on Saturday, March 13, 2021 at 11:00 a.m. in the Church of Our Lady of the Holy Rosary with Father Dr. Stephen Zeigler officiates.
The funeral will take place in the cemetery of Our Lady of the Holy Rosary.
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