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Charles H Perfater

August 25, 1935 June 29, 2019
Charles H Perfater
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EWING TWP.
Charles H. (Chuck) Perfater passed away Saturday June 29th at home. He leaves behind his loving wife of 63 years, June Cooper Perfater; his son, Jeffrey, of Atlanta, Georgia, his daughter, Susan Zitofsky and one grandson Alexander (Sasha) Zitofsky, of Fanwood, NJ. He was predeceased by his father, Charles Henry Perfater, Sr. and his mother Alice Wimpenny Perfater. He is also survived by his sister, Elaine Haney, and her four sons and their families.
Chuck was a lifelong resident of Ewing Township. Shortly after graduating from Trenton High School in 1953, Chuck went to work for NJ Bell Telephone Company as a splicer’s helper/lineman. In 1960, he was selected to enter a competitive, advanced management development program.
This opened the door for a rotational management experience in various departments with increasing responsibilities. In 1983, after numerous middle and upper management assignments he was named General Manager, Installation & Maintenance for NJ Bell. Later that year, as a result of the AT&T Divestiture, he transferred to AT&T as Area Vice President for NJ. In 1985, Chuck was named Area Vice President for the state of New York. He retired from AT&T at the end of 1989 as Access Vice President – Eastern Region. During these years, Chuck took numerous bachelor’s and master’s college courses at Rider, Rutgers, Penn State, and via the AT&T Advanced Management Program.
After retirement, Chuck began a second career as an independent management consultant, largely in the telecommunications arena, which he continued for over a dozen years, including a six month stint in Mexico. His consulting business was interrupted in 1994-1996 when he accepted the call to be the Chief Financial Officer (CFO) of the Episcopal Diocese of NJ. In 2003, Chuck was recruited to be the Executive Coordinator of Province II of the Episcopal Church, a position in which he served until April, 2017.
Chuck has been a lifetime parishioner at Trinity Episcopal Cathedral where he has served in many leadership capacities, including Senior Warden, Junior Warden, Treasurer, Stewardship Chair and Chair of the Trinity Cathedral Community Day Golf Event for ten years. He also served as a lay Eucharistic minister, usher and lay reader.
In the late 1980s, Chuck began a long series of activities with the Episcopal Diocese of New Jersey. His initial leadership role was on the Committee for a Unified Budget Exploration, followed by the CFO role in 1994, multiple terms on the Finance & Budget Committee. He has served on the Audit Committee, Board of Missions, Diocesan Council, Episcopal Election Committee, Stewardship Commission and two terms on the Standing Committee.
In addition to serving the Diocese, Chuck has contributed to the wider Church as a six time deputy to its General Convention, where he was assigned to the Standing Committee on Program, Budget & Finance.
Chuck and June have maintained a summer home on Long Beach Island, where Chuck had become quite active at St. Peter’s at the Light Episcopal Church, including service on the Futures Committee. He was also a multi-term President of the North Beach Taxpayers’ Association.
For over thirty years, Chuck was very active in the American Heart Association, including election as Chairman of the Board, NJ Heart Association, and Vice President of the Regional and national organization.
His hobbies included golf, cooking, travel and until recently, skiing. He had been heavily involved in researching his family genealogy. In fact, he recently confirmed that he is a 4th Cousin of the 34th President of the US, Dwight David Eisenhower. Of little interest perhaps is the fact that Chuck has been an aggressive collector of meaningless items. For instance, his genealogy collection includes 9000 inter-connected familial names. Plus, he has accumulated over 1000 logo golf balls, all of which are displayed; well-over 300 scorecards of golf courses he played; over 1200 matchbooks from public establishments throughout the world; ski trail maps from numerous ski resorts; and hundreds of cookbooks and recipes.
The viewing will be held Tuesday 7/2/19 from 6-8 p.m. at the Trinity Episcopal Cathedral Chapel, 801 W. State St., Trenton and Wednesday from 10-10:30 a.m. The funeral service will be Wednesday 11:00 a.m. at the Cathedral with the Very Rev. Rene R. John Dean officiating. Entombment will be at Ewing Church Cemetery Mausoleum. Funeral arrangements are under the direction of Wilson-Apple Funeral Home, Pennington. Condolences are welcome at www.wilsonapple.com
In lieu of flowers, contributions in Chuck Perfater’s name may be made online at https://app.mobilecause.com/vf/PFFTribute/ChuckPerfater or by mail to Pulmonary Fibrosis Foundation, 230 E. Ohio Street, Suite 500, Chicago, IL 60611 or to the Trinity Episcopal Cathedral, 801 W. State St., Trenton, NJ 08618. More information on Idiopathic Pulmonary Fibrosis may be found at www.pulmonaryfibrosis.org.


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Visitation

Tuesday

2

Jul

6:00 PM 7/2/2019 6:00:00 PM - 8:00 PM 7/2/2019 8:00:00 PM
Trinity Cathedral Episcopal Church

801 West State Street
Trenton, NJ 08618

Trinity Cathedral Episcopal Church
801 West State Street Trenton 08618 NJ
United States

Visitation

Wednesday

3

Jul

10:00 AM 7/3/2019 10:00:00 AM - 10:30 AM 7/3/2019 10:30:00 AM
Trinity Cathedral Episcopal Church

801 West State Street
Trenton, NJ 08618

Trinity Cathedral Episcopal Church
801 West State Street Trenton 08618 NJ
United States

Visitation

Wednesday

3

Jul

11:00 AM 7/3/2019 11:00:00 AM
Trinity Cathedral Episcopal Church

801 West State Street
Trenton, NJ 08618

Trinity Cathedral Episcopal Church
801 West State Street Trenton 08618 NJ
United States

Cemetery Details

Location

Ewing Church Cemetery Final Resting Place

100 Scotch Road
Ewing, NJ 08534

100 Scotch Road Ewing 08534 NJ
United States
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