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Perry O’Neal Will Forever
Be A Presence at Wayside House.

On May 14, the world lost a true Renaissance man and Wayside House lost one of its greatest cheerleaders — Perry O’Neal. Perry was dedicated to those suffering from addiction and embraced Wayside House for nearly 30 years, serving as its president for much of that time. Its mission captured his interest and continued to do so. Raising money for any nonprofit is always a challenge, but for Perry, whose commitment to Wayside House was unwavering, the challenge was a labor of love. BarbaraGeorgePerry

Perry, right, with Board Chair George McElroy and Second Vice President Barbara Backer at dedication celebration in 2014.

Perry gave of himself without any expectation of reward or praise – in fact he avoided it — even as we dedicated our clinical wing to him in 2014. As a board member, he ably led us through the business of operating a successful addiction treatment center; as a man, he did so much more. He truly cared about each and every woman who passed through Wayside House’s doors. Few people knew that he called regularly to make sure the Wayside House women were “tucked in” for the night. He made sure that no holiday passed without recognizing the women and celebrating their victories.

Perry graduated from Yale in 1952 and received his juris doctor from the University of Virginia Law School in 1957. After serving in the U.S. Army for two years, he worked as vice president and trust officer at Indiana National Bank in Indianapolis for 25 years.

But Perry’s life was about living and giving – he was a competitive sailor and tennis player, and, although Florida was his adopted state (He retired to Gulf Stream in 1980.), he emerged himself completely in activities aimed at making it a better place. A believer in community involvement, he served on the Gulf Stream Architectural Review Board for 12 years, served as president of Gulf Stream Civic Association and the Gulf Stream Homeowner’s Improvement Association. He was also a past member of the Little Club and active member of the Bath and Tennis Club.

“I had the pleasure of getting to know Perry for the past few years. He had a quiet dignity, but a determined spirit when it came to supporting Wayside House, the women we serve, and our staff. I’m so pleased that we were able in some small way to show our deep, heartfelt appreciation to him in naming our clinical wing after him. I saw him a few weeks ago and told him that Wayside was thriving and he lifted his frail hand to make an OK sign and said how proud he was of Wayside. I was so honored to be in his presence and for him to know that Wayside House would continue for many years to come. Perry was a man of conviction and commitment that never wavered. He will always remain with us in spirit and we will continue our work in a manner that would make him proud,” said Lisa McWhorter, CEO.

In His Memory

Anyone wishing to donate to Wayside House in Perry’s memory so that Wayside House can continue his legacy, can do so online by clicking here. You can also send a check to Wayside House, 378 NE 6th Ave., Delray Beach, FL 33483 Attn: Ann Weinwurm
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Perry with his sister, Alice Dye at
Dye Invitational Golf & Bridge Tournament in 2013

Missing Perry.

He is gone, but will never be forgotten.