Gregorio Togonon Perez, DDM, 89, of Port Charlotte, Fla., went to be with the Lord, Thursday, Nov. 21, 2013, under the care of Tidewell Hospice, surrounded by his loving family.
He was born Nov. 17, 1924, in Hinundayan, Leyte, Philippines, to Antero and Nativad Perez.
Dr. Gregorio Perez graduated in Dentistry at the College of Oral and Dental Surgery in Manila, Philippines, in 1952; and worked with the Board of Education as a public school dentist in the Province of Samar. He established a private dental office in Manila; and then traveled to Germany in 1963 and took a post-graduate course in Dental Orthodontic Surgery at Bonn University. When he completed this course, he worked as a civilian for the 768 U.S. Armed Forces in Mannheim, West Germany.
Dr. Gregorio Perez then immigrated to the United States in 1967, when he married his bride, Victoria Urbano, on June 3, 1967. He worked for the Jersey City Medical Center and the Pollock Hospitals in Jersey City, N.J. He retired in 1992, and moved to Port Charlotte in 1995 with his wife Victoria. Dr. Gregorio, his wife and family enjoyed worldwide travel and cruises. He was a Member of St. Maximilian Kolbe Catholic Church.
Dr. Gregorio is survived by his loving wife of 46 years, Victoria; daughter, Victoria Constancia (Dean Louis Bennett) Perez; and grandson, Alec Gregorio Bennett of Simi Valley, Calif.
The Funeral Service will be conducted at 1 p.m. today, Saturday, Nov. 23, 2013, at St. Maximilian Kolbe Catholic Church, 1441 Spear St., Port Charlotte, FL 33948. Entombment will follow at Tranquility Hall at Charlotte Memorial Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Haiyan Relief Fund in the Philippines.
Arrangements are by Charlotte Memorial Funeral Home, Crematory and Cemetery.