Cover photo for Perry A. Tarquinio's Obituary
Perry A. Tarquinio Profile Photo
1937 Perry 2022

Perry A. Tarquinio

November 5, 1937 — December 14, 2022


Perry A. Tarquinio, 85, of Camillus, died Wednesday at home with his family and loyal dachshunds, Buddy and Abby, by his side. He was born and raised in Syracuse where he lived most of his life. Perry retreated to Camillus after retirement, buying a home with a pool after all his kids had moved out, which became an amazing gathering space for good times and family events.  He and his identical twin brother, Philly, drove buses for Centro for over 30 years, often causing confusion and hilarity among very embarrassed regular riders.

A lifetime SU basketball and football fan, nothing could have made Perry happier than to see SU crush Georgetown during the last game he was able to watch. He also loved to watch the Yankees play on TV. Perry spent his free time hitting out of the rough on golf courses across the area or playing poker. He would pull up to a 4-card poker table at the casino, slowly and specifically revealing his cards, willing them into a winning hand. When not on the course or in the casino, Perry found time to take his wife to dinner (using casino points, but it’s the thought that counts!) or hanging out with his son-in-law, Tim, acting much like the two old Muppets in the balcony, commenting and laughing about life happening around them. Perry also enjoyed being the center of attention when family and friends were around, telling jokes (some even appropriate!) and stories from his past.

Perry was predeceased by his parents, Phillip and Marian.

He was a dedicated husband of 49 years to his wife, the former Norma Young; loving stepfather and father to Rhonda (Tim) Filkins (Law), Robert (Vicki) Law, Perry J. (Kathy) Tarquinio and Michael (Jill) Tarquinio; grumpy, but caring grandfather to Meagan, Alex, Gabby, Noah, Jordan, MJ, Miles, Aaron, and DJ; and brother to identical twin, Phillip “Philly” Tarquinio, and younger brother, Gene Tarquinio.

The family would like to thank Jennifer Castro, NP, who provided care, love, and empathy for Perry over the last few years. She listened to his jokes, dealt with his complaints and shot it straight when he needed to hear it.

Relatives and friends may call Monday, December 19 from 4 to 7 p.m. at the Buranich Funeral Home, 5431 W. Genesee St., Camillus.

A funeral Mass will be celebrated Tuesday, December 20 at 10:30 a.m. in St Joseph's Church, 5600 W. Genesee St., Camillus.

In lieu of flowers, the family is accepting scratch-off lottery tickets or $10 poker chips from the Turning Stone (kidding, although Perry would have thought that was hilarious!) Please take a moment to hug your family and, if so inclined, perform a random act of kindness or donate to your favorite charity.
To order memorial trees or send flowers to the family in memory of Perry A. Tarquinio, please visit our flower store.

Service Schedule

Past Services


Monday, December 19, 2022

4:00 - 7:00 pm (Eastern time)

Enter your phone number above to have directions sent via text. Standard text messaging rates apply.


Tuesday, December 20, 2022

10:30 - 11:30 am (Eastern time)

St. Joseph's Church (Camillus)

5600 W. Genesee St., Camillus, NY 13031

Enter your phone number above to have directions sent via text. Standard text messaging rates apply.


Visits: 812

This site is protected by reCAPTCHA and the
Google Privacy Policy and Terms of Service apply.

Service map data © OpenStreetMap contributors

Send Flowers

Send Flowers

Plant A Tree

Plant A Tree