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George E. Perry Jr.,Sold garden supplies


Services for George E. Perry Jr., a retired manufacturers' representative who participated in trade groups of the lawn and garden supply industry, will be held at 11 a.m. today at the Mitchell-Wiedefeld Home, 6500 York Road.

Mr. Perry, who was 78 and had lived on Overbrook Road in Rodgers Forge since 1954, died Wednesdayat College Manor after a long ill-ness.

He retired almost 10 years ago, selling the Perry Sales Co., which he had started in 1959, to his son, who had become a partner in the business. The company dealt in plant food, landscape supplies, seeds, tools, flower boxes and many similar items.

Earlier, he worked for the Dreer Seed Co. and the Vaughn Seed Co.

In 1950, he was a founder of an industry publication, the Garden Supply Merchandiser, now known as the Garden Supply Retailer.

He was also a founder of the National Lawn and Garden Distributors Association in the early 1970s.

At the 1985 Garden Industry of America Conference and Trade Show, he was named to the Garden Industry of America Hall of Fame.

A native of Philadelphia, he attended the University of Pennsylvania.

His first wife, the former Mary Elizabeth Bodley, died in 1984.

He is survived by his wife, the former Helen O'Grady; a daughter, Nancy P. Lewis of Wachapreague, Va.; a son, George Evans Perry III of Baldwin; six grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.

The family suggested that memorial contributions could be made to the Alzheimer's Disease and Related Disorders Association.

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