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UPDATED: Funeral Today In Middletown For Founder Of Mr. P’s Pizza

UPDATED NOV. 24: The founder of Mr. P’s Pizza will be laid to rest today.

A graveside funeral will be held today for John Perrin, Sr., a retired Army Colonel. He died on Monday at his home in Lewes at the age 78. After retiring from the Army Reserves and a pair of unsuccessful runs for the Maryland House of Delegates, the Korean War veteran founded the IL Forno chain of restaurants in Frederick, Bethesda and Gaithersburg. After moving to Lewes, Perrin founded Mr. P’s, and ran the pizzeria for 13 years before selling it to current owner Rick Thomas.

The graveside funeral will begin at 11 o’clock today at Zion Lutheran Cemetery in Middletown.

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The founder of Mr. P’s Pizza has died.

Former Army Colonel John Perrin, Sr. died on Monday at his home in Lewes. He served in Korea from 1951 to 1954, and retired as a colonel in the Army Reserves. After leaving the Army, he twice ran unsuccessfully for the Maryland House of Delegates in Montgomery County.

Perrin was the restaurateur who founded the IL Forno chain of restaurants in Frederick, Bethesda and Gaithersburg. He founded Mr. P’s after he moved to Lewes, and ran it for 13 years.

The Perrin family will host a reception from 6 to 9 Friday night at the Donald Thompson Funeral Home in Middletown. A graveside funeral will be held at 11 o’clock Saturday morning at Zion Lutheran Cemetery in Middletown. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions can be made online to the Wounded Warrior Project.

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