Portrait of Jason PerryA Tribute to Dr. Jason Perry

Dr. Jason Edward Perry, 54, of Mathews, Virginia, passed away on Sunday, June 6. Jason was born in Fredericksburg on June 9, 1966, to Edward Mason and Eleanor Rae Jones Perry. He grew up in Stafford County and graduated from North Stafford High School in 1984. After graduation, he attended Old Dominion University where he earned both his bachelor’s and master’s degrees. He later earned his Ed.D. from Virginia Tech.

Jason was a committed educator, teaching at both North Stafford High School in Stafford and St. Clare Walker Middle School in Middlesex. He then served as an assistant principal of Middlesex Elementary School and later as the CTE Coordinator for Gloucester County Schools. Jason then moved to higher education, working at Rappahannock Community College as the Vice President of Workforce Development and eventually as Vice President of Learning. Jason was involved not only in a number of educational boards but also in several local community organizations, including the Middlesex and Mathews Rotary Clubs.

Jason was predeceased by his parents, Ed and Eleanor Perry, from whom he inherited his kind heart and his passion for education. He is survived by his sons Jack Baird Perry and Mason Jones Perry. He is also survived by his five siblings: Susan Perry Havasy (Charles), Janet Perry Mikionis (Ken), Dana Perry Gallahan (Phil), Lisa Perry McCue (Jim), and Matt Perry as well as a host of nieces and nephews.

Jason Interacting with a StudentJason was a people person who thrived on making connections with others, a quality that stemmed from his fundamental kindness and genuine regard for other people. He was an excellent cook who enjoyed frequently hosting his family and friends. He was also an avid fisherman and loved nothing better than the chance to get out on the water to fish with friends. Just as Jason inherited his parents’ fine qualities, he, too, has passed his love of nature and the outdoors to his son Mason and his commitment to education and love of people to his son Jack. We will remember Jason at the helm of his boat, smiling with the sun on his face.

Jason Teaching StudentsA funeral service will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, June 12, at Christ Church, located at 320 Williams Wharf Road in Mathews. Friends are invited to join the family for lemonade on the church lawn following the service. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions can be made to the Rappahannock Community College Educational Foundation or to another charity of your choice.

Tributes to Jason

How appropriate that Dr. Perry is pictured with students in this piece. I fondly remember one afternoon just before the pandemic hit when he tirelessly walked three Middlesex HS students — one sophomore, one junior, and one senior — through all of their conceivable options at RCC, both in academics and in workforce skills and training. By the time they left, they each had his business card, a brochure, and a multifaceted game plan. Like any great educator, he loved watching people of all ages — including his own team members at work — develop their talents and interests. It’s been gratifying in the past few days to hear from so many of our K-12 educational partners spontaneously pay tribute to his memory. I’m confident we’ll do everything we can to build on his legacy.

Jason hired me as a adjunct Welding Instructor when RCC established a off Campus Welding School at the Northern Neck Technical Center at Warsaw, Virginia. I have Worked for Jason over the past seven years and he was always there when I needed technical advice on the operations at RCC. Four years ago Jason ask me to become the High School Welding Instructor at Glenns, I was hesitant at first, but with his help it has become a success. The Welding program at RCC has become a success because of his leadership and his can do attitude. I will miss him and my heart goes out to his family and his two sons. God bless you Jason Perry and may you Rest In Peace.

Dr. Perry I remember you being my middle school principal and my technology teacher when I was a child. Recently, you served as my direct supervisor at RCC. Thank you for all things you have taught me and have inspired me to do. You will be truly missed.

I remember when I first bonded with Jason over the fact that we both lived in Mathews and after that he would often ask me did I know certain people that he knew and he would always have a funny story to tell about them. Also, he loved to cook and he loved to eat at different places. He served us the best of the best foods for our team meetings and he would always say “do any of you want these leftovers?” I will miss his kind spirit and his love for helping people, which was infectious. To Jack, 1 of Jason’s proudest moments was when Jack served on the school board with me in Mathews. He often spoke about how proud he was of this and several of his other accomplishments.

I am so sorry to hear of Jason’s passing. I work at Germanna Community College, and over the years RCC and GCC have worked together on many Workforce programs and initiatives. Jason has been a wonderful colleague and partner for many years. Always gracious, always helpful, and always collaborative, with a can-do approach to serving our students and communities. His efforts have improved the lives of many. We also served together on the Bay Consortium Workforce Development Board. A team player, Jason kept the needs of the business community in the forefront, to help support the Board’s mission and strengthen the economic vitality of the region. At annual VCCS Workforce conferences, where downtime and “shop talk” could sometimes take place, Jason readily shared best practices and advice with anyone who asked, and generously offered to share resources with others in their own planning and programming. I’m sure that many – students, colleagues, businesses, and community partners are most thankful for his service. Rest in peace, Jason, you will be greatly missed.

I am so shocked and saddened by Jason’s passing. He was such a happy, fun person that was always positive and inspiring. He was a real leader in the Virginia Community College System’s Workforce Development efforts. He wil be sorely missed well beyond the Middle Peninsula and Northern Neck.

Jason was a very dear and close friend whom I will miss so much. Losing him has been just unbelievable and shocking. He was one of my biggest fans and supporters. He was such a people person and loved making connections especially with high school students when they came to campus for a visit. He and I had many grey talks about RCC and life in general. He was very caring. He had integrity and character. He was genuine. This is just a tough loss for the RCC community. Sending prayers and hugs to his family in this very difficult time.

I had the opportunity to work with Jason as part of the GO Virginia program. As soon as I met him, I was impressed with his dedication to RCC and the Community. He worked tirelessly to advance the Welding Center- and it has been such a great success story for Montross! He was a great champion for the Northern Neck, and he will be greatly missed!

Jason was passionate about education and the community he served. He was generous and caring. He loved his colleagues and most of all, his two sons. He would light up whenever he talked about them. So, so proud! He will be missed by the RCC family and by his many, many friends. He never met a stranger!