John Perullo - Lead Service Attendant
My good friend John
I consider myself lucky to say such because I firmly believe the successes and quality of one's life should not be measured on how big our paycheck was, or how much property we possessed, but in fact how many people we had in our life who we could consider the truest of friends.
John is indeed the truest friend one could ever hope for.
Besides being a great friend and confidant, John has always been my own personal source of strength. His sense of humor closely parallels mine and since 1980 we have been on a mission to raise as much railroad hell as we possibly can, to the disdain of our not-so-fearless leaders.
Look beyond all the pranks and crazy antics, and you'll see a down to earth, hard working, honest to goodness good guy who has always cared about people.
It wasn't always fun and games for John either. Shortly after hiring out on the railroad he lost his Dad, then his Mom, and more tragedy struck with the tragic loss of his wife Cheryl's Mom and her Brother.
All this being thrown at anyone in such a short amount of time would throw the strongest of souls over the deep end, but John survived and moved on. During all of this he never complained. Never expressed any anger. Never looked for an excuse to be mad at the world. He just continued to be the same good natured, caring, considerate guy he had always been.....A strong willed railroadman.
Even on the railroad's worst of days, John always finds a way to force some good humor into what sometimes can be very bad situations. When others moan and groan and complain about adversity and challenge, John accepts it all and always does the right thing.
"El Perullo" has had more than his fair share of crosses to bear during his 25 years on the railroad, but even during his toughest of times, he has always been there to help others.
"I've learned that all a person has in life is family and friends. If you lose those, you have nothing, so friends are to be treasured more than anything else in the world. "
Trey Parker and Matt Stone, South Park, Prehistoric Ice Man, 1999
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