Perkins, 98, longtime resident of Story Street and husband of
the late Evangeline (Durgin) Perkins, died Wednesday, February
5, 2014 in the Seacoast Nursing and Rehabilitation Center,
Gloucester following his brief illness.
Born in Essex,
October 31, 1915, son of the late Carleton C. and Martha (James)
Perkins, he was raised in Essex and was a graduate of the former
Essex High School. He continued his education at Wentworth
Institute in Boston graduating as a machinist and tool maker.
Married in 1937 the Perkins soon made their home and started
their family on Story Street. During World War II he served in
the Pacific with the Army Infantry Ordinance part of the
Occupational Forces in Japan. Following his discharge and
return to Essex he went to work for Bethlehem Steel at the East
Boston ship repair yard. He retired in 1974 as machine shop
supervisor after thirty-eight years of service. In 1954 he
opened Perkins Marine in Essex at the site of the former James
Shipyard, which he owned and operated until his son Edwin bought
the business in 1978.
years he had served with the Board of Commissioners of the Essex
Water Dept., as a member of the Essex Board of Appeals, a member
and Board of Director of the Ipswich Savings Bank and was a
member of the committee instrumental in writing the Essex Zoning
Bylaws. He was a member of the Manchester Masonic Lodge AF&AM,
North Shore Old Car Club and for more than forty years he
served with the Essex Fire Company.
enjoyed boating in the local waters, tinkering with machines,
restoring antique automobiles and participating in rides and
meets in these antique autos.
He is survived
by his son Edwin C. Perkins and his wife Joyce of Essex; a
daughter, Joanne Doyle of Essex; five grandchildren, Edwin C.
Perkins Jr. and his wife Deborah of Cambridge, Laura Doyle of
Essex, Diane Barrett and her husband Mark of Rowley, Brian Doyle
and his wife Kellie of Littleton, Brenda Campbell and her
husband Chris of Hamilton and thirteen great grandchildren. He
was the brother of the late Elizabeth Joseph formerly of Essex.
arrangements are under the direction of the Whittier-Porter
Funeral Home of Ipswich. In lieu of flowers memorial
contributions in his name may be made to the Essex Fire Company,
24 Martin St., Essex, MA 01929, Manchester Masonic Lodge, 9
Summer St., Manchester by the Sea, MA 01944 and or a charity of