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Joseph C. Perry, professional photographer, 'Mr. Black Rock'
April 21, 1915 -- Nov. 21, 2007

Joseph C. Perry, of the Town of Tonawanda, a retired professional photographer who was prominent in the Black Rock business community, died Wednesday in Kenmore Mercy Hospital, Town of Tonawanda, under the care of Hospice Buffalo. He was 92.

The oldest surviving member of the Black Rock Businessmen's Association, he owned and operated the Perry Studio of Photography on Niagara Street near Hertel Avenue for more than 35 years. He retired in 1987.

Born in Buffalo, he was a graduate of Riverside High School.

Proclaimed the first "Mr. Black Rock" in 1972, he was official Black Rock historian and served as president and secretary of the Black Rock Businessmen's Association.

He was an active member of Blessed Sacrament Catholic Church in the Town of Tonawanda, where he served on the Parish Council and was a Eucharistic minister.

Mr. Perry was a past member of the Knights of Columbus and the Knights of St. John. He volunteered for Boy Scout Troop 218 as an instructor for the Ad Altare Dei award for religious service.

Surviving are his wife of 66 years, the former Lillian C. Cadoret; two sons, Richard J. and Donald C.; two daughters, Lois J. Poette and Diane L. Hartman; and two sisters, Agnes Lord and Edith Stewart.

A Mass of Christian Burial was offered Monday in Blessed Sacrament Church, Town of Tonawanda.


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