James A. Perry

November 2, 1946February 6, 2018

James Arthur “Jim” Perry, Sr. peacefully passed away at home on February 6, 2018 with family at his side. He was a great husband, father, brother, uncle, friend and businessman who loved to fish. Born November 2, 1946 in Renovo, Pennsylvania to Jerome J. “Goag” Perry and G. Isobel “Toots” Stephens Perry, Jim spent most of his adult life in Harrisburg. Growing-up in Renovo, a small town nestled in the mountains of Pennsylvania, Jim developed a life-long love for the great outdoors: camping, boating, hunting, traveling, and most of all, fishing. Jim was loved and respected by everyone who knew him. He generously shared his laughter and smile. A room felt warmer because he was in it. He was a contributor and a “doer”. He contributed in every aspect of life, to his family, his community, his church and professional organizations. Even to the end, he was Activities Director at Sarasota Lakes RV Park, his winter home. Some other places he contributed included Boy Scout Troop 27, Mt. View Swim Club, Central Dauphin Marching Band, Penn State Blue Band, West Hanover Baseball, Lower Paxton Soccer, and the West Hanover Township Planning Commission. Jim honorably served in the United States Army as a Specialist E-4 non-commissioned officer from 1967 to 1970. He was stationed in Florida City where he also learned to scuba dive and raced his Dodge Polara. Jim spent most of his career with the Pennsylvania School Employees Retirement System (PSERS), where he was Executive Director from 1984 to 1999. In 1994, he served one term as President of the National Council on Teacher Retirement, and remained active with NCTR through last year. After retiring, he was recruited to help PIMCO grow and maintain relationships with public retirement systems around the country. He also founded a state-wide organization, Pennsylvania Association of Public Employee Retirement Systems (PAPERS) to help PA public retirement systems learn how to do things better. He is survived by his best friend and wife of 47 years, Barbara J. Haney Perry, who lives in their home in Mechanicsburg. They have two sons Jim and Jeff. James A. Perry, Jr. lives in Hong Kong with wife Daisy Jiang, son James A. “Jamie” Perry, III, and daughter Maelie. Jeffrey S. Perry lives in Stafford, Virginia with his wife Joan Brand Perry, daughter Amelia and son William. Jim graduated from Bucktail Area High School (1964); Williamsport Area Com-munity College with an AAS in Business Administration and Management (1967), where he was chosen Alumni of the year in 1997; Elizabethtown College with a Bachelor of Business Administration (1976); and the University of Pennsylvania with a Masters of Government Administration (1979). MEMORIAL the family will receive guests on Friday, February 16, 2018 from 6:00pm to 8:00pm at the Neill Funeral Home, 3401 Market Street, Camp Hill. FUNERAL SERVICE 11:00am on Saturday, February 17, 2018 at 1 Peter Drive, Mechanicsburg. The family will receive guests from 10:00am. CONTRIBUTIONS in Jim’s memory can be made to St. Joseph Parish, 925 Huron Avenue, Renovo, PA 17764.


  • Viewing Friday, February 16, 2018
  • Viewing Saturday, February 17, 2018
  • Mass Saturday, February 17, 2018

James A. Perry

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David & Barbara Pittman

February 18, 2018

Barb & Perry Family.... Barbara and I send our love and prayers. We as God to wrap Jim in His Loving Peace in Heaven and Comfort your Family during this difficult time. We remember our many fun times together with you both. Jim was such a good friend to so many and was always ready to help/support others. He was a true leader with humility and loved his family and friends so much.He will be dearly missed by so many.

February 17, 2018

Barbara & Family, also my sister-in-law Betty Perry Fingal
I am so very sorry for your loss. Your pain and sorrow are shared by family and friends. I hope you find comfort in knowing so many others care.
I only know of Jim thru Betty. He was a great family man who will be missed by all who knew him.
Isaline Fingal Starks

David & Barbara Pittman

February 16, 2018

Barb and Perry Family. So sorry for your loss of Jim. He was truly a great and good man, loved by so many and a good friend. My Barbara and I send our loving thoughts and prayers that God wrap Jim in His loving Peace in Heaven and comfort your family. We will be sending a Series of Masses said for Jim and your family... Our love, David & Barbara Pittman

Jay & Loly Stoffel

February 15, 2018

Barb and family - Jim was a good friend and well respected in the public pension community. I looked up to him as one of my early mentors in the business. We will miss his smile, his laugh and his friendship. You are all in our thoughts and prayers.

ChyiHae Jiang

February 15, 2018

Dear Barb:
Lisa and I are deeply sorry about Jim's passing away. Our hearts and prayers are with you. May God bless you and your family in this time of sorrow!

Darla Logue

February 15, 2018

Barb, So sorry for your loss. My thoughts are with you at this time of sorrow.

February 14, 2018

Prayers and condolences to the family. Jim was a next door neighbor and a great friend from our youth days on Clinton Ave. in South Renovo. He always had a fun loving personality that was sure to make him the successful person in life.

Butch Kane

Doug Bonsall

February 14, 2018

Dear Barb -

How fortunate for me to have had the opportunity to work closely with Jim for more than 30 years - first at PSERS and then at PAPERS. He always provided the leadership needed in these organizations without micro-managing, putting great trust in his staff to help him carry out his vision. My deepest sympathies to you and your family.

Sherry Sibio

February 14, 2018

Prayers for your family...I am so very sorry for your loss. Having the opportunity to work with Jim is one of the things that I remember most fondly about working at PSERS. His care and compassion for others was so very evident. I often reflect on how his leadership style made us feel like a big family. He remembered everyone's name and a bit about them personally - even employees like myself who worked outside of our main office in Harrisburg. I believe that he truly took an interest in everyone that he dealt with. He was an amazing individual, and his loss will be felt by so many. My deepest condolences.

Ted and Nancy Mallick

February 13, 2018

Barb and family: So sorry to hear of Jim's passing. He was a genuinely nice person and a good friend. Our thoughts and prayers are with you.