Simon Perchik, 98, of East Hampton, New York passed peacefully from this world on June 14, 2022 surrounded by his loving family.
Simon Perchik was a great man. Loving father, grandfather, husband, WW2 pilot, environmental lawyer, social activist and poet. His unwavering work ethic and desire to care for his family led him to have a career spanning 80 years.
He was ahead of his time. A man of principles, he was a trailblazer. In his military career he reached the rank of First Lieutenant, flying 35 overseas missions. As an unrelenting environmentalist he served as Assistant DA for Suffolk County as its first Environmental Prosecutor from 1975-1980. In 1980 he retired to write full time as a prolific poet publishing more than 30 books. His archives are in the Beinecke library at Yale University. He uncompromisingly fought for what he knew was right every time.
Library Journal once wrote “Simon Perchik is the most widely published unknown poet in America”. His poetry appeared in the New Yorker, The Nation and Partisan Review among numerous others.
He was married to Evelyn Perchik for 56 years. They had two sons, the late Rossetti Perchik and the late Dean Perchik. He is survived by his loving daughter Dorian Bergen and her husband Jeffrey Bergen, grandchildren, Casey, Vaughn, Marieka and Katherine and his daughter-in-law Ann Perchik.
A memorial service will be held at Riverside Memorial Chapel on Tuesday, June 21 at 12:30pm.
People wishing to honor his legacy can make donations in his name to NRDC (Natural Resources Defense Council).
Fond memories and expressions of sympathy may be shared at www.riversidememorialchapel.com for the PERCHIK family.