In Memoriam: Henry P. Perciballi (1927-2020)

Posted on August 2nd, 2021 at 7:50 AM
In Memoriam: Henry P. Perciballi (1927-2020)

Henry P. Perciballi a 60 year member of the Lycoming Law Association, died on December 12, 2020. He was remembered during a special session of court on August 2, 2021.

Obituary

Henry P. Perciballi passed away peacefully at his home, Upland Road, Williamsport, on December 12, from complications from Covid-19.

He was born in Williamsport on November 20, 1927, to the parents of Nicola and Michela (Mercaldo) Perciballi, who preceded him in death.

He attended Williamsport High School and was a stand-out basketball, baseball and football player, and was recognized for being part of the undefeated football team of his graduating class. Henry graduated from the University of Pittsburgh with a degree in pharmacy and served in the United States Army-Korean Conflict-State Side. He went on to pursue his law degree at the University of Richmond, TC Williams School of Law.

He married Eleanor Stearns Perciballi, June 5, 1951 and together they celebrated 69 years of marriage.

He has one living sibiling, Mary Perciballi Grieco, his older sister residing in Williamsport, two nephews, Anthony and John and a niece, Nancy P. Pfeiffer.

Henry was a lifelong member of Mater Dolorosa Catholic Church which has closed and attended St. Boniface Catholic Church. He started his law practice with the Fisher, Rice, Greevy law firm, prior to starting his own practice in the ’70s. In the mid-’80s he formed the Perciballi and Williams Law Office in which he actively practiced until this day with his partner Scott T. Williams. He was a member of the American Bar Association, Pennsylvania Bar Association and the Lycoming County Bar Association. In his early career, he served as the City of Williamsport Solicitor, the Williamsport Municipal Airport Authority Solicitor and the Williamsport Municipal Authority solicitor.

Henry was a member of Masonic Lodge 755-Williamsport, the Knight Templer and the Williamsport Consistory.

There will be no visitation and no floral tributes. A Mass of Christian Burial with COVID restrictions in place, will be celebrated by Fr. William Corcoran, St. Boniface Church, 326 Washington Blvd., Wednesday, December 16 at 11:30 a.m. A private committal service at Wildwood Cemetery will be held at the convenience of the family.

The family requests that memorial contributions be made to Lycoming County SPCA, 2805 Reach Road, Williamsport, PA 17701, or St. Boniface Catholic Church, 326 Washington Blvd., Williamsport, PA 17701.

All arrangements have been entrusted to the Crouse Funeral Home & Cremation Services, Williamsport. Please visit www.crousefuneralhome.com for online condolences and tributes.

Memorial Service Link

Henry Perciballi Special session of court held August 2, 2021, published on YouTube.

Memorial Resolutions

IN THE COURT OF COMMON PLEAS OF LYCOMING COUNTY, PENNSYLVANIA

IN RE: LLA BAR HISTORY
MEMORIAL RESOLUTION 
HENRY P. PERCIBALLI, ESQUIRE :

REPORT AND RESOLUTIONS OF COMMITTEE

TO THE HONORABLE JUDGES OF THE ABOVE-NAMED COURT:

The Honorable Judge Nancy L. Butts, President Judge of the Court of Common Pleas of Lycoming County, 29th Judicial District, by Order dated February 19, 2021, appointed the undersigned Committee to draft Resolutions memorializing the life of Henry P. Perciballi, Esquire and to submit the same to this Honorable Court at a session of Court that is scheduled for Monday, August 2, 2021.

  1. Henry P. Perciballi, a member of the Bar of this Court since 1960, died on December 12, 2020.
  2. Henry was the beloved husband of Eleanor Stearns Perciballi, the two married on June 5, 1951, and celebrated 69 years of marriage.
  3. Henry was born on November 20, 1927 in Williamsport, Pennsylvania, the son of Nicola and Michela Perciballi. He grew up on Front Street and always spoke fondly of the old neighborhood.
  4. Henry was a member of Mater Dolorosa Catholic Church, which closed, then attended St. Boniface Catholic Church.
  5. Henry graduated from the University of Pittsburgh with a degree in pharmacy in 1951. His career as a pharmacist was shortened by being drafted into the Army during the Korean Conflict. He served State Side utilizing his pharmacist training.
  6. After the Army, Henry attended the T. C. Williams School of Law in Richmond, Virginia, graduating in 1958.
  7. Henry was admitted to the Pennsylvania Bar on November 11, 1960 upon Motion of Judge Charles Scott Williams. Henry practiced law in Lycoming County for 60 years.
  8. Henry maintained law offices at 429 Market Street, over a period of many years. His associates included his nephew, Anthony Grieco, along with Jennifer Ayers, William Carlucci, Richard Gahr, Jason Poplaski, Layne Oden and Scott T. Williams, who became his partner. Henry was a well known and highly regarded transactional lawyer. His clients included a significant number of the most successful business owners and real estate developers in Lycoming County, many of whom attended his funeral.
  9. Henry was a member of Masonic Lodge 755, the Knights Templar and the Williamsport Consistory.
  10. Henry was an athlete. He was a member of the 1945 undefeated Williamsport High School football team as well as the baseball and basketball teams.
  11. Henry enjoyed playing golf, and tennis, gardening around his home with his wife and visiting restaurants with his loved ones and friends. He was a very outgoing and social man and it was hard to go anywhere in Williamsport where people didn’t know “Uncle Henry.”
  12. Henry was preceded in death by his father, Nicola Perciballi, and mother, Michela (Mercaldo) Perciballi.
  13. Henry is survived by his wife, Eleanor, his sister, Mary Grieco, his 2 nephews, Anthony and John Grieco and his niece, Nancy Pfeiffer.

NOW, THEREFORE, be it resolved, that we, the undersigned joined by the Bar of Lycoming County, do recognize the passing of Henry P. Perciballi, Esquire and recommend adopting the following resolutions.

BE IT RESOLVED, that in the passing of Henry P. Perciballi there has been a loss to the Bar of Lycoming County of an outstanding member who represented the best principals of the legal profession, a loss to the community of a valued participant, a loss to his family of a devoted husband and uncle, and a loss to his friends and acquaintances of a dear friend.

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that a copy of these Resolutions be spread upon the records of this Court and that a copy of the same be sent to his widow.

BE IT FINALLY RESOLVED, that this Court and its Bar hereby extend to his widow and family a deep and heartfelt expression of sympathy.

Respectfully Submitted,

Scott T. Williams, Chairman
Michael Collins, Esquire
Fred Holland, Esquire
Layne Oden, Esquire
William Carlucci, Esquire