Sarasota, Florida – Donald (Don) R. Perron, 89, passed away peacefully on Saturday, October 23, 2021. He was born in Plainville, Conn., on June 8, 1932, as the 12th child in a family of 13, which was made up of an amazing group of men. and women who stayed together, all with a passionate love of life, laughter and each other, his family said.
After earning a college degree from the Dawson Institute, Perron worked in credit investigations and then met the love of his life, Gladys Chasse, whom he married on May 29, 1965. During their more than sixty years together, they both worked for Stanley Home Products, owned/operated rental properties, and then bought a flooring business in Plainville, which became The Shag Barn in 1971, before expanding to Perron’s Flooring Center in 1989. After retiring from Sarasota in 1996, he jumped back into floor sales at Carpet One, and most recently Abbey Carpet Inn, where he eventually retired at the age of 84.
Perron is survived by two children, daughter, Robin Perron, of Bristol, Conn., son, Scott D. Perron, daughter-in-law, Sally Perron, and two grandchildren, Zachary Scott Perron and Morgan Taylor Perron all from Sarasota. In addition, he leaves behind countless friends, clients and acquaintances, including his best friend, Frank “Chick” Ierardi, whom he knew for over eighty years, as well as several nieces, nephews and extended family.
Perron is preceded in death by his parents Arthur and Maria (Csuchor) Perron, as well as six brothers, Raymond, Steve, Felix, Bob, Wilfred, Ed, and six sisters, Ruby, Della, Beatrice, Evelyn, Dorothy, and Lillian. His family said he was proud to be the last and oldest member of his family to succeed, as always to the end.
Perron’s family said words cannot express how much he will be missed and that his positive attitude, love for life and personality for people will forever mark a life well lived.
The funeral service with military honors will be held at the National Cremation Society on November 13, 2021 at 11:00 AM. A personal funeral will be held at the Sarasota National Cemetery at a later date.