Mary C. Perillo – Mary C. Perillo passed away peacefully, with her daughter Doris by her side, on Saturday, September 21, 2013 at Chandler Hall in Newtown. She was 89. Born in Chicago, IL, and formerly of Trenton, NJ, Mrs. Perillo has been a resident of Morrisville since 1955. She served in the US Army during World War II. Mrs. Perillo was a former member of the Knowles-Doyle American Legion Post #317, Yardley.

Until her retirement, Mrs. Perillo was an assembly worker with Heinemann Electric for many years. She was an avid Phillies fan and also enjoyed baking Christmas cookies and making her delicious homemade ravioli. She loved needlepoint, embroidery and crocheting and also enjoyed reading. In her younger years, Mrs. Perillo enjoyed gardening, trips to the casinos and horse racing.

Loving mother of Kenneth Witkowski and his wife, Pat, Phyllis J. Perillo and her life time partner, Dennis Jackson and Doris M. Perillo, she was the devoted grandmother of Lucann, Dawn, Stacey, Solomon and Joseph, the proud great grandmother of 9 and great great grandmother of 1.

Family and friends are invited to call on Thursday, from 9:30 until 10:30 am at Saint John the Evangelist Church, 752 Big Oak Road, Morrisville, where her funeral mass will be celebrated at 10:30 am. Entombment will follow in Saint Mary’s Mausoleum, Trenton, NJ. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions in her name may be made to the charity of the donor’s choice.

2244474David Brian Merrick, born the first of John and Mary Merrick’s five sons on October 3, 1952 in Philadelphia, passed away on September 16, 2013. Survivors include brothers John, Christopher (Patricia), Steven (Elizabeth), and Donald, along with seven nieces and nephews, Andrew, Charlotte, Kathryn, Emily, Sean, Patrick, and Erin.

Dave was the salutatorian of his 1970 graduating class at Penndel’s Marist Preparatory Academy. He graduated from La Salle University with a B.A. in History in 1976.

Dave was an intense, solitary man who loved to read, appreciated the outdoors, and lived a simple life. As a youth, he was a gifted athlete. In later years, he devoted his energies to cycling. Most Bucks County motorists no doubt have passed Dave by at one time or another as he bicycled from here to there.

While Dave worked in a variety of jobs, his passion was writing. Dave’s legacy includes thousands of handwritten and manually typed pages of journals and stories along with, from his later years, entries detailing his personal struggle to manage life at its most basic level as well as his manuscript of an apocalyptic novel to which he had devoted years of his life.

Dave’s early interest in literature and art inspired his brothers to similar pursuits that immensely enriched their lives. The honor roll of 20th century writers that Dave introduced into the house was a source of fellowship that survives his death. But Dave’s learned one-line (and last word) critiques will be sorely missed at family gatherings.

Dave battled back after the onset of cancer. After his treatments, he found new strength. Both Dave and his family treasured the extra time and deepened connections that his extended life gave them.

His Funeral Mass will be celebrated at St. John the Evangelist Church in Lower Makefield, PA on Saturday, September 21st at 11:00 a.m. A viewing beginning at 9:30 a.m. will precede the Mass. The Rite of Committal will follow in Saint Ignatius Cemetery.