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Trenton Perrott Remembered

On Friday, November 16th, 2012 Trenton Perrott, former Executive Director of the Gallery, passed away due to complications of his cancer.
Trenton contributed much towards the Gallery in his time as the Director. He was instrumental in the development of the Montrose Cultural Centre where the Gallery resides. His efforts with the City and in working with the Library are genuinely appreciated as we look at our new Gallery. He has been a great friend to many of us and he remains, as always, a part of the Gallery family.
Trenton – you will be missed very much at the Gallery and in our community.
Our thoughts and prayers go out to his family at this very difficult time.

Pam French
Chair of the Board of Directors
Art Gallery of Grande Prairie

Trenton wished that there be a social event in his memory for his community friends. This “Community Mixer” will be held at the Centre 2000 on Saturday, November 24, 2012 as a drop in from 2:30 to 5:30pm with a short program at 3:30pm.



Perrott remembered by friends

By Adam Jackson, Grande Prairie Daily Herald Tribune
Sunday, November 18, 2012

The legacy Trenton Perrott left behind in Grande Prairie is easily visible.

Aside from being the driving force for the development of the Montrose Cultural Centre as well as Centre 2000, Perrott helped to put Grande Prairie on the map in many respects.

At 55 years of age, he passed away Friday morning with pneumonia, a complication of his long battle with a type of bone cancer.

Although Perrott and family found out approximately two years ago that his cancer was terminal, according to long-time friend Duane Stevenson, the death was a bit of a shock.

“We didn’t expect it to happen (so fast),” said Stevenson, who has known Perrott since the two were in Grade 4 at a school in DeBolt.

“You’re always shocked when it happens this quickly – we just had a social gathering with him on (Oct. 27), which isn’t that long ago – two weeks ago.”

Stevenson and Perrott followed identical paths through much of their young lives – growing up in DeBolt before moving to Grande Prairie to attend GPRC before finally going to the University of Alberta.

“I was roommates with him, then I was his best man,” added Stevenson.

Stevenson says Perrott was an instrumental part of the Grande Prairie Little Theatre, one of his first projects upon returning to Grande Prairie from university.

Perrott was also heavily involved in the Grande Prairie Museum, which at that time, operated separately from the City of Grande Prairie.

Stevenson describes Perrott as a ‘political animal’ in his representation of Grande Prairie.

“There’s no other way to explain it,” said Stevenson.

Perrott fought on the federal and provicial level to give Grande Prairie and the rest of northern Alberta a boost, adds Stevenson.

“In terms of legacy, he has done a lot for the federal progressive-conservative party,” he said.

Mayor Bill Given, who has seen Perrott’s work first-hand in many departments at the city, says he will be truly missed.

“He was a good friend,” said Given.

“He worked in strategic services, which is an important area for us in terms of lobbying the provincial government and being more involved on a provincial basis.”

Given adds that although Perrott made a vast impact during his time at the City of Grande Prairie, he was an all-around community builder.

“Mostly his roles at the Chamber of Commerce and the art gallery have a pretty substantial impact on the way our community looks today,” said Given, adding that he just had lunch with Art Gallery of Grande Prairie curator and executive director Robert Steven and Perrott about two weeks prior to his death.

“I sort of wanted to thank both of them for their roles in getting the art gallery to where it is today, because Trenton was there when the whole concept of the Montrose Cultural Centre came together.”

He leaves behind his wife Joanne and two daughters Genevra and Milan.

A Mega Mixer in memory of Trenton Perrott will be held at Centre 2000, Saturday afternoon. Watch for further details this week in the DHT.



Oliver’s Grande Prairie Funeral Chapel

Life Legacy

It is with deep sadness that we announce the passing of Trenton Jay Perrott of Grande Prairie, Alberta.

Trenton will be lovingly remembered by his spouse Joanne and daughters Genevra, Milan, Megan and grandson Bryson. His sense of humor and zest for life will also be greatly missed by siblings/spouses Allen Perrott (Joan), Tannis Hurford (Alan), Dale Perrott (Debbie), Lester Perrott (Jan) and Tamera Eby (Jim). Trenton was pre-deceased by his brother Rodney Perrott (Marj) (August 2008), and parents Albert & Ethel Perrott.

Trenton was born in Rosetown, Saskatchewan and raised in the Grande Prairie region. He attended and graduated from Ridgevalley High School in Crooked Creek. He went on to the University of Alberta, studying political science, graduating with a Bachelor of Arts. He then moved back to Grande Prairie, and shortly thereafter met Joanne, his wife and life partner of 27 years. Trenton’s contributions to his community included working with non-profit organizations, volunteering with the arts community, the Rotary Club and historical societies as well as participating at the local, provincial and federal levels of politics. He constantly sought new challenges. In acknowledgement of his vast contributions he received the Grande Prairie Chamber of Commerce – Above and Beyond Award for Lifetime Achievement, in February 2012.

Trenton’s interests and hobbies were diverse, but often involved good friends and good wine. He loved travelling, politics, sailing, polo, the theatre and collecting art and artifacts.

He was a loving husband, devoted father and a dear brother and will be greatly missed by all including family, friends, neighbours and co-workers.

Trenton lived for supporting his community. In lieu of flowers, persons wanting to pay respects to Trenton are invited to donate to the United Way (donations to the United Way can be personally designated for any local charitable organization or national charity).

Trenton wished that there be a social event in his memory for his community friends. This “Community Mixer” will be held at the Centre 2000 on Saturday, November 24, 2012 as a drop in from 2:30 to 5:30pm with a short program at 3:30pm.