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James S. “Jim” Peraro, Jr.

June 19, 1935 - October 29, 2021

James S. “Jim” Peraro, Jr., age 86, of Townsend, DE, passed away peacefully at his residence on Friday, October 29, 2021 surrounded by his loving family.

Born in Enfield, Connecticut on June 19, 1935, he was the son of the late James S. and Moresta (Santanella) Peraro, Sr. After graduating from Enfield High School, Jim proudly served in the United States National Guard, where he was called to duty during “The Bay of Pigs”. He then went on to graduate from American International College in Springfield, MA Throughout his career as a chemical engineer, he worked for various corporations, including DuPont, Himont, Montell, and Detroit Testing Lab and had developed several patents.

Jim always stayed active and was a member of the Newark Senior Center where he loved playing bridge. He enjoyed golfing and bowling the most. Always a hard worker, Jim was nothing short of a perfectionist. He was dedicated to his faith and was an active member of Holy Family R.C. Church and later at St. Joseph’s Parish.

Jim is survived by the love of his life, Phyllis A. (Clawson) Peraro, who he married on leap year, February 29, 1992; children, Jennifer Iannone (Jason) and Steven Peters (Tatsiana); sisters, Joan Alaimo and Rosemary Parsons; 5 grandchildren; 1 nephew; 2 nieces; 6 grand-nieces; and numerous cousins.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be offered at 10:00 am on Wednesday, November 17, 2021, at St. Joseph Parish, 371 East Main Street, Middletown, DE. Face coverings will be required for all those in attendance not immunized with the COVID-19 vaccine per the Governor of Delaware. Interment will be held privately.

In lieu of flowers, contributions in Jim’s memory may be made to the Newark Senior Center, 200 White Chapel Drive, Newark, DE 19713.

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  • Jim was a fun guy to be around. We were friends for over 30 years and meet as members of ASTM Committee D20 on Plastics when he worked for Owens Corning. He was a genius when it came to Plastics testing. He was extremely active in the development of numerous ASTM standards and won numerous ASTM awards. His greatest award was when he received the Award of Merit and he had his name engraved in a stone pillar in the new ASTM headquarters in West Conshohoken, PA. When Jim joined Himont, he and I got to the travel the US with ASTM and the World as US delegates to ISO Technical Committee 61 on Plastics. He was a great teacher and helped me grow technically in my plastics career. He was a great man and a great husband for Phyllis, and she was a great wife for him.