Earl De La Perralle co-founder of Sun Youth – Earl De La Perralle, executive director and co-founder of Montreal’s Sun Youth charity, has died at age 74. Fellow co-founder Sid Stevens explained that Perralle had been in poor health for a few months and passed away June 19 at St. Mary’s hospital.
“It is with great sadness that we announce the passing away of our cofounder and mentor, Coach Earl De La Perralle. We wish to express our deepest condolences to Earl’s family and friends and will always remember the great man that he was,” reads a Tweet by Sun Youth (Jeunesse au Soleil @SunYouthOrg) early Wednesday.
Perralle began his involvement with Stevens in 1954 with a neighbourhood newspaper called the Clark Street Sun (named after a small street in the Plateau); the revenues from which were then invested in sporting equipment. Over the years, Sun Youth has grown into one of Montreal’s best-known charities, notably for helping underprivileged children and overseeing sports programs.
It is probably his involvement with Sun Youth’s football program for which Perralle is best remembered. In 2017, Jesse Blizzard took over management of what Perralle started, the Sun Youth Hornets, a team that has produced notable athletes, including offensive tackle Justin Senior of the Seattle Seahawks. Perralle has also served as president of the Quebec Midget Football League..
In 2017, The Times reported on how Perralle and Stevens received the Victor Goldbloom award for achievement for their many years of involvement with Sun Youth. While Stevens is seen as the public face of the charity, Perralle did a lot of work in the background.
“He was my coach, he became my mentor, my confidant, an advisor, we coached and travelled together, but more importantly, he was my friend. RIP Coach – your legacy will live on!” posted Montreal businessman Jimmy Zoubris on Facebook.
In recent weeks, Sun Youth recently made the news both for its food bank program, helping needy individuals, and for its bike patrol, to augment security.
Please join us to celebrate the life of Earl at Mount Royal Cemetery 1297 Chemin de la Foret. Visitation Friday June 22nd 2018 5p.m. – 7p.m., Saturday June 23rd, 2018 10a.m. – 12p.m., 1p.m. – 4p.m., 6p.m. – 9p.m. and Sunday June 24th, 2018 Condolences in the chapel 12p.m. – 1p.m. Service to follow at 1:00p.m.
Finally, the family asks that in honor of Earl, In lieu of flowers please make donations to the
Sun Youth Organization Sports & Recreation.
Because…..it’s all about the kids!