Electrocution Claims the Life of Beloved Businessman

DeFuniak Springs, Fla. - A tragedy in DeFuniak Springs as the owner of the Corner Cafe, Perry Deneau died unexpectedly.

This beloved cafe stands still and silent as the downtown DeFuniak Springs community mourns the loss of a local business owner Perry Deneau. 

"He was a great guy. He'll be missed around town; really, really missed and I just hope people will remember him," said Colin Hicks, friend.

"I hope that we can all learn from him and his family. As to what that means, you don't have to be from DeFuniak to work everyday to make this a better place to live," shared Tom Baker, friend. 

Officials say that Deneau was killed Tuesday by an accidental electrocution while the Corner Cafe was under renovation. 

"He would just come and sit and talk with us. We befriended him and as we befriended him, we would use him to help us with church events and cater those events. He was just always willing to help and ready to do what it took to help the churches out, as we worked in Walton County," shared Pastor David Ellis, friend.

Deneau was lending a hand in the attic when the incident happened. He touched the lives of many, even those he barely knew. 

"They just weren't customers. They just weren't patrons. They were people, that he wanted to get to know and that he wanted to talk with and share with," said Pastor Ellis. 

The Celebration of Life services will be held on Saturday, August 12th at 12:00 p.m. in DeFuniak Springs. 

The service will be at Clary-Glenn Funeral Home in DeFuniak Springs with Reverends Ed Jenkins and David Ellis officiating. Along with military honors by the U.S. Air Force.

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