Perun, Paul N., a longtime resident of Jamaica Plain, passed away April 30, 2019 at the age of 77. Born on a farm in Villach, Austria on June 18, 1941, he was the son of Anna Perun and Peter Babiak. He came to America after WWII in 1951 with his mom aboard the USS General Harry Taylor. Paul was naturalized as a citizen in 1962 and attended school in New York, completing High School at the George Westinghouse Vocational and Technical High School in 1960. Upon graduating, he enlisted in the United States Army and was active from 1963-1965 and in the Army Reserves from 1965 to 1969. Paul was stationed at Fort Drum, the Canadian Border, West Point, and Fort Devens, Massachusetts. Paul was proud of his service and received a Good Conduct Medal. Paul's years in the Army impressed on him habits that he continued with for the rest of his life.
From an early age, Paul worked in the trucking industry and started unloading trucks at the Fulton Fish Market in Lower Manhattan. In his youth, he was proud of his Harley-Davidson motorcycle and his '55 Ford convertible. In the 60's, Paul drove a truck for Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus and later worked as a window washer on skyscrapers in the Boston area. In later years Paul worked for the City of Boston as a grave digger, retiring in 2006.
Paul enjoyed hunting, deep sea fishing, and listening to Johnny Cash records.
Paul is survived by his sister, Marika Bender and her husband Neil, of New York City, nephew, Elijah Bender of Rhinebeck, NY and a friend, Carol Hendsbee, of Westwood.
Services will be private and burial will be at Knollwood Memorial Park, Canton.