Very sad news this week as Lee Perlman was found dead on Friday at his home on Brazee Street by Portland Police. He died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound.
As the news passed through the neighborhood, there was an outpouring of sadness and support as neighbors shared memories of Lee at the Eliot Ice Cream Social in Dawson Park this past Monday. Plans for a memorial service are not yet available, but this post will update as more information comes in.
Christine Charneski <firstname.lastname@example.org, 503-287-5428> has been in touch with Lee’s family. He is survived by his mother, age 99, and his brother, who both live on the East Coast. Lee’s brother may travel to Portland in the coming weeks, which may be when a memorial will take place. More details to follow. Christine is also offering to collect emailed notes and print them up for the family.
This was also reported in the Portland Observer here.
A few years ago Lee was interviewed through the Eliot Oral History Project with Mike Warwick. You can listen here.
A facebook page has been set up here
I will always remember Lee’s deep history with and love for the Eliot neighborhood, his great storytelling ability, and his hard-working personality. Lee had been involved with the Eliot Neighborhood Association for over 25 years and attended neighborhood meetings all over northeast Portland.
Lee, you will be missed.