Edmond A. Perregaux Jr.
September 14, 2010
The Roaring Fork Valley has lost an uncommon man, a true gentleman, beloved husband, father, grandfather, brother, uncle and friend. Ed Perregaux, Carbondale’s Rotarian of the Year, was a good, good man who lived his life by Rotary’s 4-Way test – Service Above Self. Ed gracefully endured two years with a rare auto immune disease.
Ed was known not only for his many acts of kindness to others and service to the community but for being a workaholic, working almost to the end as director of development for the Roaring Fork Conservancy.
Ed’s other interests were fly-fishing, bridge, watching sports (or channel surfing for a good detective story) and traveling with Marian, his wife of 31 years. He loved to read, to eat, to dance. He also enjoyed cribbage, Scrabble and gin rummy. He faithfully read the names of those who died in Iraq and Afghanistan, in sunshine, rain or snow, at Carbondale’s Town Hall flagpole on Monday mornings. An Eagle Scout, he remained active in Boy Scouting, Chamber of Commerce and Trout Unlimited and was president of several Rotary clubs. Most recently, he finished a two-year term as assistant district governor of Rotary’s District 5470. Active in many Unitarian-Universalist churches over the years, he helped establish the Two Rivers Unitarian-Universalist church in Carbondale.
Ed was born on April 19, 1935, in Willimantic, Conn., to Dr. Edmond A. and Myrtle Files Perregaux. Ed’s grandfather, Albert Perregaux, emigrated from the French section of Switzerland.
Ed is survived by his wife, Marian; son, Edmond A. (Cheryl) Perregaux III of Phoenix, Ariz.; brother, Paul A. (Shirley) Perregaux of Hernando, Fla.; five step-children, Mark Bingham of New Orleans, La., Susan (John) Scofield of Katonah, N.Y., Annie Ward of Lakeview, Conn., David Bingham (Amy) of Hailey, Idaho and Betsy Bingham-Johns (Dwight Johns) of Carbondale; 11 grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.
Ed was educated at Cornell University, Eastern Connecticut University and University of Connecticut with a master’s of education and masters in public health administration and an MBA from Bryant College. For the majority of his life, Ed was a health care administrator. Prior to coming to Carbondale, he developed Junior Achievement programs for the State of New Mexico. Upon his arrival in Carbondale, Ed began his “retirement” as one of Ace Hardware’s first employees, walking to and from work. Recently, he was back in his element as a fundraiser for the Roaring Fork Conservancy. Ed also moonlighted over the years, teaching management courses in several small colleges.
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To quote one of Ed’s many dear friends, “Ed was a noble, generous and wonderful friend. This beloved guy was a bigger than life gentleman who benefited the entire valley, was considerate of his loving wife and family as well as all of his many admiring friends. A special soul.”
Ed’s remains will be placed in Carbondale cemetery’s Rotary Wall and a celebration of his life, open to all, will be held in October. Memorial contributions may be made to Carbondale Rotary Club, the Roaring Fork Conservancy and the Two Rivers Unitarian Universalist community.