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Local Activist Dan Perry Killed in Auto Accident

Local activist Dan Perry and his companion were killed in a Christmas Day auto accident on the west side. Perry was involved in a range of activist work, from volunteering at the New World Resource Center to work with the Colombia Solidarity Committee and Palestine solidarity work. Comrades are currently planning a memorial gathering.
From: Joe Iosbaker
To: navdeep jhaj
Sent: 12/27/2006 12:08:08 AM
Subject: RE: Dedicated Chicago Activist, Girlfriend Die in Early Morning Car Crash

Dear Nav and everyone -

Thanks for writing to let us know about Dan's death. We hadn't heard until tonight, when we received 4 emails about it.

Please keep us informed about the plans for a memorial. Stephanie and I are going out of town

----- Original Message -----
From: navdeep jhaj
Sent: 12/26/2006 12:12:28 PM
Subject: Dedicated Chicago Activist, Girlfriend Die in Early Morning Car Crash

I got a very sad early email confirming what I had initially heard on NPR just prior: Dan Perry and his girlfriend died in a early morning hit and run car accident near Agusta in California. Two other people in Dan's car are critically injured and currently at Cook County hospital. It has been speculated that the other driver of the truck that struck Dan's car may have been drinking and then fled the scene.

For those of you who didn't know Dan, he was a really, really cool, caring guy who was very politically astute and genuinely committed to creating a better world. A tireless advocate and volunteer for New World Resource Center, a regular member of the Chicago Socialist Party, a lifelong activist for social justice, a trained paramedic, Dan had finally got into the electrical workers union a while back, fulfilling a longtime vocational and poltical aspiration.

In addition, as an avid supporter of Glascow Celtic Football Club, he would also be regularly be seen in the wee hours of the morning at the town at the Globe Pub cheering on his Hoops. Finally, he had also gained noteriety as a DJ, spinning "Northern Soul" records at various locations around town. He was all of 33 years old.

I cannot reiterate how much of a good guy he was; he will be really, really missed, both by those who knew him and by those who would have known him. A memorial is already in the works.

Here's the early morning wire report:,1,5999318.story
Arrest in double fatal hit-run
Chicago Tribune
December 26, 2006, 8:02 AM CST

Police this morning said they have made an arrest in connection with a hit-and-run on Chicago's West Side that killed two people and injured two others Christmas Day.

The two men who were inside a red pick-up truck that slammed into the victims' car fled the scene on foot.

The crash occurred at West Augusta Boulevard and North California Avenue in the Humboldt Park neighborhood at 3:50 a.m. Killed were Daniel Parry, 33, of the 700 block of North Damen Avenue, and Megan McMahon, believed to be in her mid-20s, officials said.

Erin Johnson, a friend of Parry, said he was a trained emergency medical technician who was ``all about safety.''

``He was well-known for telling people to wear their seat belts and would make sure the car doors were locked,'' she said.

The other two passengers in the car, both women, were transported to Stroger Hospital, where they remained in critical condition, said News Affairs Officer Marcel Bright.

Police did not release the names of the injured passengers.

--- Obituary for Daniel J. Parry --
Erie Times-News
Erie, PA.

Daniel J. Parry, age 33, of 1300 N. Western Ave., Chicago, Illinois, died Monday, December 25, 2006 following an automobile accident. He was born in Erie on April 16, 1973, a son of Edward and Sharyn K. Seib Parry of Erie. Danny graduated from McDowell High School in 1991. He installed security systems for ADT. He loved to travel overseas and help other people. He personally raised money and drove supplies to New Orleans and aided victims in the aftermath of the Katrina catastrophe. Danny was an EMT, enjoyed being a DJ and playing Celtic Soccer. He was a member of the Chicago Fire Boosters and the Electrical Union, and of the Glasgow Celtic Supporters Clubs. He was preceded in death by his grandparents Thomas and Helen Parry and Kathryn Seib. In addition to his parents, he is survived by two brothers Michael P. Parry and his wife Elizabeth of Erie, Patrick E. Parry of Memphis, Tenn.; two sisters: Kerriann C. Weese and her husband Michael of Erie and Mary Kate Peters and her husband Jeffrey of Pittsburgh; nieces and nephews: Corey, Sean and Nicholas Weese, AJ, Matthew, and Luke Parry, Shannon Brogdon and Nolan Peters. Friends may call at the Burton West Lake Funeral Home, 3816 West Lake Road on Thursday from 7 to 9 p.m. and Friday from 9 to 11 a.m. followed by a service in the chapel of Gate of Heaven Cemetery at 11:30 a.m. Memorials may be made to the American Red Cross, 4961 Pittsburgh Avenue, Erie, PA 16509, or the charity of your choice. Send flowers and condolences at [ ] . Sign the guestbook at [ ].

Published in the Erie Times-News from 12/27/2006 - 12/28/2006.



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