George grew up in Manteca where he attended Manteca High School. He was the founder of George Perry & Sons where he was a lifelong Farmer and watermelon salesman. He was a strong believer of putting God first, family, and then work. He was a member of St. Anthony's Catholic Church where he enjoyed attending Sunday morning Mass with his wife and family. Building relationships were very significant in George's life, where he never met a stranger; your word followed by a handshake was your contract. George was heavily involved with many community organizations; including; serving with San Joaquin County Fair where he sat on the board of directors for many years. He was inducted into the Manteca Hall of Fame in 1999, San Joaquin County Agricultural Hall of Fame in 2006, and has received many awards with the National Watermelon Association and Western Watermelon Association. In addition, George has appeared in numerous newspapers, TV shows, and magazine articles about watermelons and pumpkins including being recognized in 1982 "People" magazine as the "Pumpkin King." Above all of George's accomplishments, he felt his true gift was the gift of family. He and his wife Violet were a perfect team throughout their 75 years together; they loved each other unconditionally. George never lost sight of quality of time vs quantity of time when spent with his wife, children and grandchildren. He was quoted in many articles passionately stating "we're all about family" and he truly meant what he said. George left a legacy of love, respect, integrity and strong ethical principles which will be passed down for generations to come. He will be deeply missed by all who loved and cared for him.