Christopher G. "Chris" Perrin, 65, of Sandusky, passed away early Wednesday morning, April 30, 2014, in Stein Hospice Care Center, Sandusky, after a brief battle with cancer.
He was born Aug. 10, 1948, in Bellevue, to Ralph Gale and Eileen Louise (Queen) Perrin. Chris grew up in Bellevue and lived the past 35 years in Sandusky. He graduated from York High School in Bellevue and later went on to graduate from Defiance College, magnum cum laude, with a Bachelors of Arts Degree in Philosophy and L.S.W. Chris was especially proud to have served in the U.S. Marine Corps during the Vietnam War. He was very active in community and veteran affairs.
Chris enjoyed spending time with his family, his numerous friends and riding his motorcycle. He will always be remembered for helping the youth and the families of Erie County. Chris had a way of brightening up a room and bringing laughter. He was a loyal friend and co-worker and just a great person.
His career began at the Bellevue Recreation Department in the late 1960s; 1968, Tiffin Mental Hospital; 1969-70, taught at Immaculate Conception Church, in Bellevue, as a fifth grade teacher; 1972-74, "Help Our Youth," a drop off center for youth. Chris worked for the Erie County Juvenile Court for 40 years where he held many positions, such as: Detention Center and social worker at the Reality House, probation officer 1974-84, director of Probation 1974-84 and then director of Intake and Mediation from 1988 to present.
Chris had extensive training in all forms of mediation, diversity, sexual abuse and victimization, non-violent communication and critical thinking. He dedicated his life to helping the youth in our community and was a life-long advocate for civil rights and equal justice. In his youth, he was a star baseball player and assisted coaching children in baseball. While employed at juvenile court, Chris would attend sport events of the children he served and take them to lunch.
He was involved with many organizations such as: Genesis, Center for Cultural Awareness, Human Relations Commission of Sandusky, Big Brothers and Big Sisters, Bay Area Friends of Abused Children, Sandusky Jaycees and he was also a LEADS graduate. Chris was an active member of the Sandusky American Legion, Eagles Clubs of Sandusky and Bellevue, the Orioles Club, a former member of the VFW and of Second Baptist Church in Sandusky.
Chris received several awards through out the years; the Distinguished Gentleman's Award, presented by the Sandusky Citizen's Coalition, the Sandusky Register's Community Service Award, the Sandusky City Commission Volunteerism Award and had recently been nominated for the Job and Family Service ACE Award.
He is survived by his wife, Beth (Esposito) Perrin; a son, Cristian (Alejandra) Perrin; a daughter, Caitlin (Jarred Jones) Perrin; grandchildren, Allyna and Anallyn Perrin; stepson, Harley Beese; and a brother, Jeff Perrin.
Chris was preceded in death by his parents; and a brother, Kevin Perrin, in 2007.
At his request, there will be no visitation and cremation has taken place. A "Celebration of Life" for Chris will be 1-3 p.m. Saturday, May 10, in the State Room at the Sandusky State Theatre, 107 Columbus Ave., Sandusky. Graveside services will be be private at Bellevue Cemetery. Military honors will be conducted by Marines Forever Honor Guard.
The family suggests that memorial contributions may be made in his name to Stein Hospice Service, Inc., 1200 Sycamore Line, Sandusky, OH 44870 or to Big Brothers and Big Sisters of Sandusky, 904 W. Washington St., Sandusky, OH 44870.
Arrangements are entrusted to David F. Koch Funeral Home and Cremation Services, 520 Columbus Ave., Sandusky. Your memories and words of comfort may be expressed to Chris's family at davidfkoch.com.