Julius Leonard Perler, 93


NORTH DARTMOUTH, MASS. – Julius Leonard Perler, of North Dartmouth, passed away peacefully on March 19 after a brief illness. The son of the late Louis and Ida Perler, Lenny was the beloved husband of the late Muriel Marcia Perler, brother of the late Anne Perler Friedland, and father of the late Ilene Perler Brown.


He is survived by his son, Dr. Bruce Perler and daughter-in–law, Patricia Perler of Ruxton, Maryland, and his grandchildren, Rachel Perler of New Haven Connecticut, Mason Perler of Boston, Massachusetts, and Ryan Brown of Orleans, Massachusetts, and his son-in-law James Brown of Orleans, Massachusetts.

Lenny was a retired truck driver and truck mechanic at Shawmut Transportation.  He was a member of the Tifereth Israel Congregation and the Masonic Lodge of New Bedford, and had served on the board of the New Bedford Jewish Convalescent Home.  He had filled his days since retirement by helping his neighbors and friends, and others, through numerous volunteer activities and untold acts of kindness.

Bruce, a professor of surgery at Johns Hopkins said “I learned much more important lessons of life from my father than in any classroom I ever sat in: the importance of honesty, loyalty and hard work.  He was, and forever will be, my role model.”

Contributions in his memory may be made to the New Bedford Jewish Convalescent Home, 200 Hawthorn St., New Bedford, MA 02740.