James Perron

January 11, 1935January 7, 2021

James Perron of Chatham, passed away peacefully on January 7, 2021 after a long illness. Born in Brockton, Massachusetts, Jim grew up in Whitman where he graduated from Whitman High School in 1953. He played both baseball and football, and enjoyed scouting, eventually becoming an Eagle Scout. After honorable discharge from the US Army, he earned a BS at Bridgewater State College and a Masters degree in education from Boston University.

Jim's career was spent in public education, first as a teacher in the Norwell School district, then as a principal of Rochester Junior High in Rochester, NH. In 1969 he and his family moved to Chatham where he served for many years as the principal of Chatham High School, retiring in 1989. Jim loved living in Chatham and was always happy to share is enthusiasm for Cape Cod with friends and family.

Jim is survived by his wife of 63 years, Judith (Griffin) Perron, daughter Kathleen Perron ( Samuel Cutler), son Thomas Perron (Sarah Gray), granddaughter Alice Cutler, niece Ellen Connors ( Herb Connors) and nephew Thomas Jahnke, and brother in law Gunther Jahnke. He was predeceased by sons James Perron, Jr., and Thomas David, as well as grandson James Cutler.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to a charity of your choice.


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Jim Henderson

January 18, 2021

Mr. Perron was a second father to me. One solid man there. He always called me Seamus and accepted all my forged tardy notes with a wink and a smile. He was a great principal and educator and a firm believer in "The School of Hard Knocks". Let's face, he always knew what we were up to.

Mary Keane (Whittle)

January 15, 2021

Dear Perron family,

So sorry for your great loss. May you be comforted with cherished memories & knowing he's now with family who have passed on.

And to CHS graduates/students....

May our dear principal, always so fair and kind, always hold a special place in our minds and hearts.

God bless & with much peace,

Mary Ropulewis

January 14, 2021

I treasured him as a man and our Principal. May his peace rest in the heart of his family. I will forever hold he and Jimmy close to my heart.

Susan Rocanello

January 14, 2021

RIP Mr. Perron, you were a beacon of sanity in a building full of teenagers going through their respective throes of growing up, both good and bad. Hugs to the Perron family, hold him in your hearts forever!

Gayle Konopka Capulli

January 14, 2021

A fair and honest man who always remembered me. I'll never forget when I graduated the congratulatory hug that he gave me it was not a polite hug it was a hug full of love & meaning. I remember thinking as a young girl, "wow I really mean something to him" He was a beautiful man and I was honored, deeply honored to be able to care for him in his final days.