It is with our deepest sorrow we announce that Mathew R.P. Perrone (“Mat”) passed away yesterday morning [Oct. 23] after a long battle with cancer.
He is survived by his wife, Diane; sister, Jill Perrone; brother, Mark Perrone; nephew, Kevin; his daughters, Lynn Ellen (and her husband, Steven Gruneisen) and Mary Elizabeth (and her husband, Daniel Kapusta); his son, Michael Roy; and his grandchildren: James Patrick, Hannah Lynn, Ethan James and Kayla Rose. His younger sister, Kathy (James) Hansen, passed away one year ago. Also surviving are sister-in-law Leah Johnson, brothers-in-law Raymond (Carol) Fligg, Robert (Eileen) Fligg, and Raw Wilson, and many nieces and nephews. He has close ties to many Hardy cousins, particularly Douglas, Charles and Gayle and their families in Lexington, Ky. Besides his parents, sister Kathy Perrone Hansen, and sisters-in-law Judith Carlson, Janet Wilson and Shirley Perrone, he was preceded in death by granddaughter Abigail Geneva Gruneisen. He was godfather at the baptisms of Robin Dawn Dowless, James Todd Carlson and Soupaphone Vilailack.
Mat’s visitation will be Sunday, Oct. 27, from 2-6 p.m. at Kahle-Moore Funeral Home, 403 Silver Lake Road in Cary. Funeral services will be Monday, Oct. 28, at 10:30 a.m. at Holy Cross Lutheran Church, 2017 Three Oaks Road in Cary, followed by a graveside service at the Algonquin Cemetery at the intersection of Main Street (formerly Route 31) and Cary Algonquin Road. Memorials will be appreciated to Holy Cross Lutheran Church, Lutheran Hour Ministries, Sage YMCA, or Kentucky March of Dimes in Abigail’s memory.
Mathew R.P. Perrone Jr. of the Law Office of Mathew R.P. Perrone, in Algonquin, Ill., and his staff joined Hibbs Law LLC earlier this spring. Hibbs Law LLC, founded in 2013 by Genna S. Hibbs, is an intellectual property boutique law firm, located just off the Square, in Woodstock, Ill. Mat concentrated his practice in all aspects of intellectual property law, including patent prosecution, patent litigation, trademark, and copyright. He had been involved in intellectual property law since 1965.
He began his journey with an undergraduate degree in chemistry from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. He received his Juris Doctor from the Catholic University of America Law School in Washington, D.C. Prior to starting his legal practice, Mat worked for the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office as an examiner in Maryland. Mat then prosecuted patents for two Fortune 500 companies and for the United States Navy as a civilian patent attorney. He was a member of the U.S Supreme Court bar and the Illinois bar.
Over the last couple years, Mat and Genna have worked together as mentor and mentee, as Genna began her own patent prosecution practice. Formally joining the firms earlier this year was the next organic step for their practices as they worked together to deliver high-quality legal services to their clients. By joining Hibbs Law LLC, Mat continued to do the work he loved, even as he transitioned his practice and put his beautiful office building in the newly remodeled downtown Algonquin on the market.
Mat’s impact on all of us is on-going. He was a wonderful teacher, a practiced orator, a gentleman, a funny fellow that was quick with a joke, and a kind soul. We learned so much from him as professionals in the law and as fellow humans. He overcame societal hurdles despite his physical disabilities in a time when the world was not very accommodating, and was never bitter. And even when fighting cancer, he was ever-committed to his clients – working until the end. Genna, Gouthami, and Kathy will always appreciate him as a role-model, leader, and friend, and cherish the time he spent sharing his 50 years of intellectual property experience with us. We are proud to continue his tradition to provide the highest quality services at affordable rates, to support our community, and to serve the IP needs of entrepreneurs and small businesses in the Chicagoland area and beyond. Mat, you will be missed.