Anthony left a comment a few minutes ago that brought tears to my eyes: Alex Perkic has passed away. Anthony said that his pastor in California announced the sad news Saturday evening. We all know that he put up one hell of a fight against the cancer – his spirit was unbreakable. Too young to leave us.
My heartfelt sympathy to Amy and the children, and all of Alex’s family and friends here in his adopted home of Great Falls and back home in California. He was a good man – strong, positive – and made a difference in the world, and will be remembered and missed.
UPDATE: Just received an e-mail from Clayton, a friend of Alex’s who asked that I share this information:
Alex Memorial Service & Scholarship Announcement
Please join us in a celebration of the life of Alex Perkic on Wednesday June 27, 2007. The service will begin at 7:00 PM at the Grove Community Church in Riverside, California. Another memorial service in Alex’s beloved Montana will follow in coming weeks. Details will be announced soon. If you have any questions, please call Clayton Sandell at (703) 674-6139.
In addition, Alex’s family and friends would like to announce the establishment of the Alex Perkic Memorial Telecommunications Scholarship at Riverside Community College. The scholarship fund will be designed to assist RCC students as they pursue a career in broadcast journalism, a calling that Alex dearly loved. Donations to the fund can be made to:
Alex Perkic Memorial Telecommunications Scholarship
c/o: RCC Foundation
4800 Magnolia Ave.
Riverside, California 92506
We look forward to seeing you on Wednesday. Please feel free to forward this to anyone you think would like to attend. Thank you.
I will post details about the Great Falls memorial soon.
UPDATE: Some information about how folks in Great Falls can directly help the Perkic family from Clayton:
Several of you have asked me about whether there is a way to directly contribute funds to Amy, Abby and Jordan to help them face the expected onslaught of medical and other bills as they try to return to everyday life without Alex. The answer is a resounding YES, and if you are able, I strongly encourage you to contribute whatever amount you can to help Amy and the kids through what is an incomprehensible loss of a father and husband.
You can send contributions to:
The Alex Perkic Fund
c/o Teachers Credit Union of Great Falls
1500 River Drive North
Great Falls, MT 59401
If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to email or call me at (703) 516-4713.
Many thanks for your concern, interest, generosity and love.