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|Mayor of Twinsburg, Ohio|
|Preceded by||Office created|
|Succeeded by||Jim Karabec|
|Born||21 September 1920
|Died||6 April 2010 (aged 89)|
Anthony "Tony" A. Perici (21 September 1920 – 6 April 2010) was a Maltese-born American politician and engineer. Perici served as the first full-time Mayor of Twinsburg, Ohio, from 1976 until 1987.
Perici moved back to Malta with his family due to his mother's declining health. He graduated from a Maltese high school when he was 16 years old and enlisted in the Royal Navy. He received the Africa Star and the Victory Medal during his naval career. Local news sources also refer to him having received the George Cross, but recipient lists do not include his name.
Perici met his wife, Rosita "Rose" (née Rosetti), while stationed in Egypt. They married three months after they met and returned to Malta. The couple had three daughters during their marriage - Dorothy, who was born in Malta; Sharon, who was born in Canada; and Robin, who was born in the United States.
Perici and his family immigrated to the United States, settling in northern Ohio. He worked as a manufacturing engineer at the Ford Motor Co. plant in Walton Hills, Ohio, for twenty-five years, until he retired from the company.
Following his retirement from Ford, Perici moved to Twinsburg, Ohio, where he first entered local politics. He served as a Twinsburg town councilor from 1974 until 1976, before becoming the town's mayor in 1976. The now famous Twins Days festival was first held in 1976 during Perici's tenure as Mayor. Perici also oversaw the 1978 construction and opening of the Twinsburg Government Center on Ravenna Road.
In 1978, Perici shepherded the transition of the town's government to a full-time mayoral and town council system. Before 1978, Twinsburg was run by a part-time mayor and city manager. The governmental change made Perici Twinsburg's first full-time mayor. He retired from office in 1987, and was succeeded by Mayor Jim Karabec.
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