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Lawrence J. Perenic
Lawrence J. Perenic

January 24, 1921 - May 21, 2019
Born in Brooklyn, New York
Resided in Newton, New Jersey


Lawrence James Perenic, 98, formerly of Upper Saddle River, died May 21, 2019, at United Methodist Communities, Bristol Glen, in Newton.

Born in Brooklyn, New York, on January 24, 1921, Mr. Perenic was the first person in his family to graduate college with a degree in electrical engineering from Brooklyn Polytechnic Institute. Upon graduation, he served as a US Navy radioman on the USS Arapaho during WWII.

Larry "Granddad" Perenic was an independent, strong-willed and determined individual with a scientific penchant for problem solving. Post WWII, he worked in the burgeoning fields of electronics, communications and microwave oscillating technology. Before retiring at 72, he worked at U.S. Testing Company, General Precision Corporation and Singer-Kearfott Guidance & Navigation, designing, developing and inventing innovative communications systems for NASA and the early US space program at Cape Canaveral. In 1968, he invented the inflatable antenna for the U.S. military, for which he holds a patent. This invention saved countless lives in Vietnam and continues to be used today. Larry also loved teaching as an adjunct professor at his alma mater and sharing his knowledge with others. Never afraid to tackle any project or repair, he was the consummate electrician, plumber, carpenter, auto mechanic and do-it-yourselfer in and around his own home. Hobbies included developing software programs, writing articles for periodicals, building/flying model airplanes and model railroading.

Mr. Perenic is pre-deceased by his wife, Jean Isabelle Perenic, his son, Steven J. Perenic, his grandson, James J. Caiazzo, Jr., and his sister, Florence Perenic He is survived by his daughters, Jane Caiazzo and her husband, James, and Donna Perenic and her fiancé, Malcolm MacKenzie III; five grandchildren, Cheryl Caiazzo Lozada, Russell Caiazzo, Ryan Caiazzo, Laura Perenic and Barbara Perenic Jablonski; and three great-grandchildren, Leah Lozada, Isabella Caiazzo and Chase Jablonski.

Funeral services are private and under the direction of the Smith-McCracken Funeral Home, 63 High Street Newton. In lieu of flowers or donations, the family requests you honor Lawrence by blessing your parent, grandparent or loved one with a special gift of time.

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