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Chris Perrin was ‘one in a million’

Courtney Astolfi • May 4, 2014 at 1:50 PM

Chris Perrin, 65, an Erie County juvenile court employee of 40 years, passed away Wednesday — but his legacy lives on.

“He was one of those guys that believed you treated people really well. That you, as an employee for the court, worked very hard in providing dignity to the families and not being judgmental. He was just one in a million,” said Perrin’s close friend and co-worker, Cindy Franketti-Owen.

Born in Bellevue in 1948, Perrin’s life soon blossomed into one of service and dedication.

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He held multiple positions in Erie County courts and corrections over the years, most of which focused on the kids he cared deeply for.

“He always saw the good in the kids he worked with. He really made a difference in a lot of different people’s lives,” said Nancy Beech, another friend of Perrin’s.

Franketti-Owen reminisced about a recent conversation she had with a man Perrin helped years ago.

“He told me, ‘Chris Perrin made a big difference in my life. He’d come to my baseball games, eat lunch with me at school’” Franketti-Owen said. “There are so many people that will say he had an impact in their lives”

Though Perrin loved his job — he arrived an hour early every day, Franketti-Owen said — he loved his personal time as well.

“There was never a dull moment with Chris” Franketti-Owen said.

Perrin loved his motorcycle, was proud of his time in the U.S. Marines and spent countless hours with his friends and loved ones — oftentimes enjoying a cold brew at the end of the day.

In celebration of his life, those close to Perrin are hosting a “Celebration of Life” May 10, from 1-3 p.m. at the Sandusky State Theatre.

Memorial contributions can be made to Stein Hospice or Big Brothers and Big Sisters of Sandusky.

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