Thomas  Perrin


Thomas H. Perrin was born in the 11th generation of the Perrin family in America, born in Potsdam, N.Y. on Aug. 19, 1925. Tom went to primary school in Potsdam until the family moved to Miami in 1940.
Tom played football at Miami Edison High School and earned a scholarship to the University of Miami. He played one year and began coaching football at Okeechobee High School. After coaching for a year, Tom completed his college education at Stetson University in Deland, Fla.
Tom married Margaret Jane Ballantine and began a career in education and coaching high school sports. He coached in Florida for 33 years in Haines City, Frostproof, Clermont, Sanford, Leesburg and Lake Weir and became a member of the Florida Athletic Coaches Association Hall of Fame in 1978.
He became a Rotarian beginning with his tenure in Haines City and continued involvement in the club including President of the Milledgeville Rotary Club 1994-1995.
Tom moved to Milledgeville in 1981 and became the headmaster of Georgia Military College Prep School. During his time in Milledgeville he earned a doctor of education from the University of Georgia at the age of 63. He was also active in the Chamber of Commerce and served as chairman of the library board. After retiring, as a hobby, Tom traveled the entire state of Georgia photographing and documenting every county courthouse in the state of Georgia.
Tom was preceded in death by Margaret, and they have three children, John (Malinda) Milledgeville, Tim (Sandy) Peachtree City, Ga., and Patty Russ (Dean) Ocala, Fla.; 10 grandchildren, 16 great grandchildren and one great-great grandson.
A memorial is planned for Aug. 24, 2019, at 11 a.m. at St. Stephens Episcopal Church.
Moores Funeral Home & Crematory has charge of arrangements.
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Published on August 12, 2019
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