I regret to announce the death of The Reverend Dr. Perry Fuller who died yesterday afternoon, July 7, after a short illness. After the departure of The Reverend Wilson Brown, the Second Rector of Holy Sacrament, Father Fuller came to the parish as its Interim Rector from May 2008 to August 2009. After serving at Holy Sacrament, Father Perry received a call to serve as the Interim Rector of Bethesda Episcopal Church, West Palm Beach, Florida, which was his last appointment.
During his time at Holy Sacrament, Dr. Fuller guided the parish family through their transition and prepared them for a fresh start with a new rector. He assisted in helping us look forward to the future with hope. Under his leadership, a new organ was acquired, the parish’s music program strengthened, the financial situation was stablized, by-laws were implemented and membership records were updated. He worked at making the church’s organizational structure more clearly delineated, putting lay leadership is in place and structuring the Church Office Staff in such a way that it effectively implemented the day-to-day operations of the parish.
Dr. Fuller nurtured the spiritual growth of the people of Holy Sacrament through centering thoughts (a special gift that quiets our minds and prepares people for worship), sermons and stories that continue to linger in the minds and memories of the faithful. He taught that living in the moment is the place where we have the best chance of encountering the face of God in Jesus Christ. He also facilitated the uplifting of the spirits of people and giving them a vision of the great Christian community which the Lord intends them to be.
As the old saying goes, “Behind every successful man is a good and beautiful woman.” Father Perry was blessed to have as his wife, Pam, who was a great supporter, encourager and team partner in life, marriage and ministry. They demonstrated what it meant to walk the walk…day in and day out. Their actions spoke louder than their words. The clearest example of this is the way in which they show the love of Christ in their daily lives. As a member of Holy Sacrament once said, “Their marriage certainly radiates the love of Christ.” Their actions as a husband and wife ministry team serve as an example for all the members of our parish family. In playing a game of dominoes and by sharing their love of beading, they demonstrated their commitment to personally connecting with the Holy Sacrament Family with the love of Christ in their hearts. They even left their home in Delray Beach, Florida ( a mere 45 minute drive from Holy Sacrament Church) and acquired an apartment in Miramar in order that they may totally immerse themselves into the parish life. What love and dedication!
Pam, you and Father Perry have given this parish your hearts, your souls, your minds, and your love, and for that we are eternally grateful. The people here remember you with great fondness and profound love and will always remember both of you for all that you have done in preparing this church and parish for my advent. Dr. Fuller’s passing will be one of great sadness, not only for the Diocese but for the Church of the Holy Sacrament, Pembroke Pines. Holy Sacrament will be forever richer because of your influence upon our community.
Father Perry, “well done good and faithful servant!”
Our heartfelt condolences are extended to his wife, Pam, their children, and family and we offer them our prayers during their bereavement.
May the soul of Perry, Priest, and the souls of all the faithful departed through the mercy of God rest in peace. Amen.