Anthony (Tony) Perea, devoted husband, loving father, grandfather, great-grandfather, brother, uncle, friend, teacher and neighbor went to be with the Lord on December 27th, 2020. Those closest to him knew him as Chip, Grandpo Chip, Daddy or Po. He was born in Trinidad Colorado on June 10th, 1944 to Cleo and John Perea. He was one of twelve children. Tony’s aunt and uncle, Mr. and Mrs. Dave Trujillo raised him in Pueblo, Colorado since he was an infant. Growing up, he loved to play basketball. He graduated from Pueblo East High School in 1962 with his high-school sweetheart and bride of fifty-seven years, Berni Perea (Garduno). They both remained active on the alumni committee and helped plan the yearly reunions. After high school Tony enlisted in the Air Force, in January of 1963 and got married on May 11th of that same year. He was a member of the military police service and was honorably discharged as an Airman First Class in 1967. He was a proud member of the 15th squadron. Two year prior, his first born, Tonya Renee came into the world. Although Tony was stationed in Arizona, Berni traveled to Pueblo to stay with her mother while she gave birth. After Tony was discharged, the couple moved back to Pueblo and he began working for Payless shoe store. Tony was promoted which sent the family to Clovis, New Mexico in 1968. The following year Tony’s son, Mark Perea was born in Clovis, New Mexico. The family returned to Pueblo the following year. Tony enrolled at Southern Colorado State College, now CSU Pueblo, and earned dual Bachelor of Science degrees in Computer Science and Social Work. After graduation, Tony was employed by Social Services where he retired after 26 years of service. He enjoyed retirement for a couple of years before becoming a partner in his daughter’s Sprint stores. Five years later, he retired again. Then he decided to rejoin the workforce once again and became a child advocate for Bradford School and became affectionately known as “Mr. Tony”.
Tony enjoyed spending time with his family, playing Keno, listening to Mariachi and other Mexican music, reading and doing crosswords. He was known for his basketball skills, driving skills, gambling skills, computer skills and his ability to fix anything. He was a joy to be around. He was wise, patient, calm and cheerful and had a witty sense of humor.
He was well-traveled and loved cruises. He and Berni spent their 50th wedding anniversary with their daughter, son, their spouses and three grandchildren on a cruise to Europe, which became one of his fondest memories. Cities included, Barcelona, Sorrento, Rome, Pompeii and Paris. He has also cruised with his family in Mexico, Bermuda, Hawaii and the Bahamas.
He will be greatly missed by the love of his life, Berni Perea, his son, Dr. Mark (Celine) Perea, daughter, Tonya (John II) Secora, grandsons; Zach (Britt) Secora, Brenden Garcia, Mitch (Bre) Secora, Zarin Secora, A.J. Perea and Donavan Perea, brothers, sisters, in-laws, nieces, nephews, cousins, students, neighbors, co-workers, extended family and many great friends
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