My buddy, John Perseo, whom I have known for over 25 years, died on Saturday.
I can simply tell you, that if you wanted a real friend in life, John Perseo was your guy. He would go out of his way and do anything for you.
John was an incredibly passionate person. He could talk to you about a variety of topics and you would hear his passion in his voice.
He could discuss politics, going over issues of the conservatives and the liberals. You talk about getting fired up!
If you wanted to talk about college football, all you had to do is mention Penn State, where he attended school. His eyes would light up when talking proudly about the Nittany Lions. He could tell you everything about Penn State’s coaches and players.
John also loved to have conversations about food. He had a role in a number of Italian restaurants over the years. His passion was unreal, especially over Italian food.
His biggest passion was the love of his life, his wife Janet. She is a special woman, who teams up with Mary Kenealy to form the vital dream team working to make the Dick Vitale gala a success.
Janet’s work ethic and passion are so special. I cannot express it enough in describing the love John had for Janet.
John was also a fighter. Earlier in his life, he beat cancer. He led a productive and positive life.
John was a special person who made so many friends in the Bradenton, Sarasota-Lakewood Ranch area. He was loyal and caring. He was there for you when you needed him. You could always count on him.
I am sure he is up in heaven now. He will be missed, but never forgotten. His passion will live on forever.