Services announced for child killed in crash
WESTPORT — Days after the death of 10-year-old Perrin Delorey in an upstate New York accident, Westporters are banding together to remember the Greens Farms Elementary School fourth grader.
“For those of you who knew or just had the benefit of meeting Perrin Delorey, you know that he loved baseball. In fact, less than hour before the tragic accident, Perrin was visiting the Hall of Fame and learning about his beloved Boston Red Sox,” said Westport Little League Baseball and Softball President Jeffrey Brill in a Thursday statement.
Brill announced that a wake will be at Saint Luke Church on Monday, June 18 from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m., followed by a funeral service at Saint Luke Church on Tuesday, June 19 at 10 a.m, for Perrin, who died Monday after a weekend car accident in upstate New York.
The tragic event, Brill wrote, will mark the end of the baseball season for the Perrin’s AA cubs and the two remaining teams in the league’s playoffs.
“After much soul searching and discussion among parents, coaches, players, friends and child psychology and grief experts, we have decided to discontinue the AA post-season,” Brill wrote.
“The Delorey family implored me to let the games continue and Perrin's Cubs unanimously wanted to play the Championship game to honor Perrin. We believe that baseball can play an important role in the healing process for all of the players, parents and coaches, and we want to honor the Deloreys' wish to continue playing by doing so in a way that honors Perrin and his memory and brings the entire AA baseball community and town together as one.”
On Saturday at 1:30 p.m., members of Westport Baseball and Softball, Perrin’s fellow hockey teammates and boy scout troopmembers, will gather for a tribute to Delorey at Kowalski Field.
Delorey’s number 5 jersey will be retired and a banner will be hung in his memory. His parents will be presented with a baseball signed by all his teammates. The three remaining teams will play a series of scrimmages, and then will be presented with awards. Perrin will be posthumously presented with a trophy for his play over the season.
“Perrin will be dearly missed, but will always remain in our hearts and minds,” Brill said.
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