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John Perry

GOOSE CREEK -- John Earl Perry II, 42, of Goose Creek, was killed in a tragic motorcycle accident on Thursday evening, Oct. 11, 2007. He is survived by his mother, Joyce Perry May; his step-father, William Joseph May; his sister, Deborah Earle Canter; his brother, Richard Delano Peterson, Jr.; and his former wife and continued dear and trusted friend, Wendy Ann Wicke. He is also survived by many aunts, uncles, cousins, nieces, nephews, great nieces, a great nephew and many devoted friends.

Mr. Perry's memorial service will be 10 a.m. Monday at the First United Methodist Church at on the Isle of Palms. Family and friends will gather with Pastor David Surrett to celebrate Mr. Perry's life. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Isle of Palms Volunteer Fire Department, P.O. Box 508, Isle of Palms, SC 29451. Attention: Chief Graham (Designate John Perry on donations). Memorials may also be made to the First United Methodist Church, Isle of Palms, SC 29451. Arrangements are by J. Henry Stuhr Inc., Mount Pleasant Chapel.

John Perry served 16 years with passion and dedication as a captain with the Isle of Palms Fire Department. He later became employed with Coastal Glass Distributors in North Charleston, where he was able to display his remarkable talent for engineering. John Perry had a deep and abiding love for his family and friends. He celebrated life and nature by regularly backpacking in the mountains in North Carolina.

He recently embarked on a spiritual quest and participated in Tom Brown's Tacking School in Waretown, N.J. It was here that he began to learn about his Native American heritage and culture. John Perry was known for his quick smile, his sincerity and deep compassion for others, his commitment and dedication to his work, and his passion for animals and nature. Perry's life has enriched us all and he will be truly missed by all who knew him.

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