Thomas E. Perras, Sr. died peacefully June 25, 2018 with his family by his side. He was 76 Tom was born 07/30/1941 in Burlington, VT to Joseph Perras and Irene Henault, the youngest of nine children. He was a 1960 graduate of Rice High School, where he excelled in track and field, basketball and football. A talented athlete, he earned a football scholarship to UVM, graduating in 1965. During college, he met his wife of 53 years, Shirley Jean Randall. They married in 1965, eventually moving to Vergennes, VT with their three young children. It was during this time that Tom served as a prominent figure at the Weeks School facility for troubled youth. Later, as the family settled in Charlotte, Tom proved himself to be a leader in key human service positions in the State of Vermont. His dedicated advocacy for families and individuals in crisis informed his career choices, including Director of Juvenile Services, Director of Probation and Parole and Deputy Commissioner of Corrections. He was instrumental in conceiving of and implementing policies that are still helping the people of VT to this day. Tom went on to earn his Master’s degree in Guidance and Counseling and held the position of Director for Drug and Alcohol programs in Vt until his retirement in 2003.
Tom is predeceased by his parents and siblings. He is survived by his wife Shirley of South Burlington, daughter Lisa Solomon and her husband Daren of Colchester, son Thomas and his wife Jill, and son Patrick of St. Helena, SC. His five grandchildren, Brehanna, Alexandra, Jackson, Aarian and Elena will all miss their Papa.
A memorial service is scheduled for 11 am, Thursday July 5, 2018 at Christ the King church in Burlington with a reception to follow at St. John’s Club, 9 Central Avenue in Burlington. All are welcome to attend to celebrate Tom’s life. In lieu of Flowers, the family asks that donations please be sent to the VNA Respite House, 3113 Roosevelt Highway, Colchester, VT 05446, www.vnacares.org. The family is forever grateful to the staff and volunteers at the Respite House for their professionalism and kindness during Tom’s final days.