Raymond George Perry, 71, of Tellico Village, passed away April 5, 2019, at Parkwest Medical Center.
Born June 16, 1947, in Taunton, Mass., he was a resident of Tellico Village for eight years. Ray moved to California at 2 years old and resided in the San Francisco Bay area. He was employed for 35 years at United Airlines as an aircraft mechanic and was a longtime leader for International Association of Machinists, serving as local president, district vice president and executive board member of San Mateo County Central Labor Council AFL-CIO.
He and Noreene discovered Tellico Village in 1991, had vacations and talked of retiring here. They were married in 1996 at the Community Church with a reception at the Yacht Club.
Ray enjoyed his golf games and participation in East Tennessee Senior Golf Association. He loved his family and collected American Art Pottery. He had a talent for feeding orphan kittens fostered from Monroe County Animal Shelter and volunteered as a long-distance transport driver.
He had a keen interest in history, politics and current affairs, and was active over many years in Democratic campaigns at the local, state and national level. In 1992, he was elected delegate to the Democratic National Convention in New York City. He enjoyed food and cooking, travel, card games and sports of all kinds. An ardent fan of the San Francisco Giants, the Golden State Warriors and Lady Vols basketball, he also participated enthusiastically with friends in long-running fantasy baseball and football leagues.
He was preceded in death by his parents, George and June Perry.
He is survived by his wife, Noreene Koan; daughter, Karen Perry Stillerman (Jonathan) of Washington, D.C.; son, Jason (Michele) of Bothell, Wash.; sister, Sandra (Gary) Lavine of Whitmore, Calif.; aunt, Ann (Ed) Hyde of Rumford, R.I.; aunt, Ellen Goulet of Seekonk, Mass.; uncle, Dean (Barbara) LaRocque of Mesquite, Nev.; and nieces, nephews, cousins and friends nationwide.
As he wished, there will be no service. He asked to be remembered in your fondest memories of him. Memorials in his name may be made to Monroe County Friends of Animals or to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.
Click Funeral Home & Cremations-Tellico Village Chapel is serving the family of Ray Perry. www.clickfuneralhome.com