Anthony Perici

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Anthony Perici
Mayor of Twinsburg, Ohio
In office
1976–1987
Preceded by Office created
Succeeded by Jim Karabec
Personal details
Born 21 September 1920
Senglea, Malta
Died 6 April 2010 (aged 89)
Spouse(s) Rose Perici
Profession Engineer

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.[1]

Biography[edit]

Personal life[edit]

Perici was born in Senglea, Malta, in 1920.[1] The family moved to Yonkers, New York, when Perici was young due to his father's career.[2]

Perici moved back to Malta with his family due to his mother's declining health.[2] He graduated from a Maltese high school when he was 16 years old and enlisted in the Royal Navy.[1] He received the Africa Star and the Victory Medal during his naval career.[2] Local news sources also refer to him having received the George Cross,[2] but recipient lists do not include his name.[3]

Perici met his wife, Rosita "Rose" (née Rosetti),[4] while stationed in Egypt.[1] They married three months after they met and returned to Malta.[2] 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.[2]

Perici and his family immigrated to the United States, settling in northern Ohio.[1] 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.[1]

Politics[edit]

Following his retirement from Ford, Perici moved to Twinsburg, Ohio, where he first entered local politics.[1] He served as a Twinsburg town councilor from 1974 until 1976, before becoming the town's mayor in 1976.[1] The now famous Twins Days festival was first held in 1976 during Perici's tenure as Mayor.[1] Perici also oversaw the 1978 construction and opening of the Twinsburg Government Center on Ravenna Road.[1]

In 1978, Perici shepherded the transition of the town's government to a full-time mayoral and town council system.[1] Before 1978, Twinsburg was run by a part-time mayor and city manager.[1] The governmental change made Perici Twinsburg's first full-time mayor.[1] He retired from office in 1987, and was succeeded by Mayor Jim Karabec.[1]

Later life[edit]

Perici and his family moved to Florida after leaving office.[2] He died from cancer on 6 April 2010, at the age of 89.[1] Perici was a resident of Fort Myers, Florida, at the time of his death.[4]

He was buried at the Crown Hill Mausoleum following a funeral in Twinsburg on 10 April 2010.[1][2]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o p Schunk, Andrew (2010-04-15). "Anthony Perici, city's first full-time mayor, dies". Twinsburg Bulletin. Archived from the original on 2010-04-18. Retrieved 2010-04-18. 
  2. ^ a b c d e f g h "Anthony Perici". Twinsburg Bulletin. 2010-04-15. Archived from the original on 2010-04-18. Retrieved 2010-04-18. 
  3. ^ Hebblethwaite, Marion (2005–2010). "George Cross Recipients—OPQ". George Cross Database. Chameleon HH Publishing Ltd. Archived from the original on 2 May 2010. Retrieved 26 April 2010. 
  4. ^ a b "Anthony A. Perici obituary". Legacy.com (Akron Beacon Journal). 2010-04-15. Archived from the original on 2010-04-08. Retrieved 2010-04-18.