David T. Perinchief, 70, funeral director

David T. Perinchief
David T. Perinchief
Posted: August 06, 2013

David T. Perinchief, 70, who represented the fifth generation of his family to head Perinchief Chapels, the funeral home in Mount Holly, died of complications from an infection Wednesday, July 31, at the Virtua Memorial medical center there.

Born in Mount Holly, Mr. Perinchief graduated from Rancocas Valley Regional High School in 1961, where he was president of his senior class, a member of the basketball, football, and track teams, and was named to an all-state football team.

"He was a high school quarterback, and for a while held the rushing record in Burlington County," daughter Alison Reinhard said.

In the 1989-90 academic year, Mr. Perinchief was inducted into the high school's sports hall of fame.

A 1965 graduate of Dartmouth College, he was a defensive back on its football team and a member of two fraternal organizations there, the Sphinx and the Tabard, she said.

After earning a diploma at the McAllister Institute of Mortuary Science in New York City, he joined the family firm and became its head when his father died in 1968.

Mr. Perinchief was a former president of the Mount Holly Township Board of Education, the Rancocas Valley Regional High School Board of Education, the Burlington County Funeral Directors Association, and the Mount Holly Rotary Club, where he was a Paul Harris Fellow.

He was a former board member of Little Falls Savings & Loan, the Mount Holly State Bank, and the Bank of Mid-Jersey.

A foundation board member at the Virtua Memorial medical center, he was also a vestry member at St. Andrew's Episcopal Church in Mount Holly and a Mason.

In addition to his daughter, Mr. Perinchief is survived by his wife of 45 years, Maureen; daughter Kerri Iorfino; a brother; a sister; and six grandchildren. His son, Patrick, died in 2007.

Visitation was set for 4 to 9 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 6, at Perinchief Chapels, 438 High St., Mount Holly, with a funeral set for 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, Aug. 7, at St. Andrew's Episcopal Church, 121 High St., Mount Holly.

Donations may be made to the Rancocas Valley Hall of Fame, c/o Carmen Cella, 520 Jacksonville Rd., Mount Holly, N.J. 08060.

Condolences may be offered to the family at www.perinchief.com.

Contact Walter F. Naedele at 610-313-8134, wnaedele@phillynews.com, or follow on Twitter @WNaedele.

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