Ronald T. Perrella

Ronald T. Perrella

June 29, 1930 - August 24, 2015

Ronald T. Perrella

June 29, 1930 - August 24, 2015


Ronald T. Perrella
June 29, 1930 – August 24, 2015

From Laguna Niguel, CA, formerly of Winnetka, IL. Born in Chicago, IL the only child of Dominic and Mary Theresa (Calfa) deceased. He attended Roosevelt University and was the President of the Alpha Sigma National Advertising Fraternity. Interrupting his study to join the Navy in the Korean War. After returning, he lived in Evanston, and Glenview, IL where he formed the Glenview Camping Club. He was a founding member of MARCOA Advertising Agency in Chicago, where he won various awards in Direct Marketing including the Diamond ECHO Award in 1988.

Laguna Niguel welcomed him in 1990. He was very active in the community volunteering his expertise in advertising and his time to the Laguna Niguel Holiday Parade, Citizen Police Academy, Disaster Preparedness Response, Niguel Chamber of Commerce, Rotary Club, Lion’s Club, St. Timothy Church, and was the founding member of the Military Support Committee.

Nicknamed the “DON” of Laguna, he founded the La Dolce Italian Festival for Laguna Niguel, which was held for 3 years. He was also a founding member for the American Legion Post in Dana Point Harbor. He served on the board for the Pageant of the Masters in Laguna for several years.

His commitment to Community service resulted in Ron being named The Laguna Niguel Citizen of the Year in 2006.

He is survived by his wife Barbara (Kruempelstaedter) of 61 years, and his 5 children, Theresa Cape (husband Steve/sons Chadd and Shaun) of Arnold, MO, Michael Perrella (wife Debra, daughter Nicole) of Wheeling, IL, Regina Berman (husband Robert, son Russell) of Pomona, CA, Anthony Perrella of Laguna Niguel, Thomas Perrella (spouse April, son Jake and daughter Symone) of Highland Park, IL.

Services will be held at St. Timothy Catholic Church in Laguna Niguel on Saturday, September 26th, 2015, at 10am. Donations can be made to the American Cancer Society.

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10 responses to Ronald T. Perrella

  1. Carl Leiter says:

    Chocolate, chocolate, chocolate. Ron loved chocolate. And I loved Ron. Whenever we went for gelato (and we would often drive many, many miles looking for good gelato), he would always get chocolate. I miss Ron very much. He always wanted to do the right thing. He always wanted to help people. My deepest condolences go out to the entire family.

  2. Larry Platt says:

    Great guy and one of the best creative directors I ever worked for.

  3. Ron was a business associate, mentor, neighbor and most importantly, my friend. I am honored to have known him and to know his family. I miss his charming wit, his impromptu…”hey, let’s go to lunch.” When Ron entered this world, they broke the mold. RIP my friend. My deepest condolences to Barbara and family.
    Mollie Clough

  4. Ken Bieschke says:

    Ron was truly a gentleman and a professional through and through. He helped me in my early years of direct marketing at LeeWards, while he provided creative marketing strategies from his agency, Marcoa. He was always helpful and patient to “newbies” like me. The DM World has lost a champion, and I know that his family and friends have lost a wonderful man. May he rest in peace. My deepest condolences to the family.

    Ken Bieschke-Naples, Florida

  5. Liz Blackman says:

    I’m so sorry to learn today of Ron’s passing. I was fortunate to have been introduced to this dynamo of a man many years ago by my friends Elsie and Jack Hunn. I hope he knew what a positive impact he had on me.

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