Obituary for R. David Perkins
Lancaster-R. David Perkins, 65, passed away peacefully on Tuesday, August 22, 2017 surrounded by family at St. Vincent Hospital in Worcester. He is survived by his loving wife of 43 years, Mary (Thompson) Perkins, their daughter, Kathryn Perkins & husband Eddy Avery of Auburn; granddaughter Ema Perkins of Hubbardston; aunt Annie Mae Houston of Brimfield; numerous nieces, nephews, and cousins, notably Elly Draper Pendergast of Weston, and many dear friends. He is pre-deceased by his son Jonathan E. Perkins, who died in 2015, and brother Timothy C. Perkins.
David was born in Ipswich to the late Franklin H. “Bud” Perkins, Jr. & Katherine (Emerton) Perkins. He graduated from the Nashoba Regional High School, Class of 1970 and obtained a professional degree from Quinsigamond Community College. He enlisted to proudly serve our nation in the United States Coast Guard and was honorably discharged following assignment to USCG Station at Woods Hole. He returned home and began his career working for several school districts before ultimately retiring as Superintendent of Buildings & Grounds for the Nashoba Regional School System. David was a life member and former Worshipful Master of Trinity Lodge AF & AM; and held membership with the American Legion, and Disabled American Veterans. As a young man he achieved the rank of Eagle Scout and later served as Troop Leader for Boy Scout Troop 4 in Clinton. David was a life member of the First Church of Christ Unitarian in Lancaster and served as a long time choir member. An avid outdoorsman and camper, David loved the water and was happiest while sailing, kayaking, or paddling in one of his home crafted canoes. He was an accomplished woodworker and handyman who was always willing to fix anything for family and friends in need. David will be dearly missed and remembered lovingly by all who knew him. Calling hours will be held from 4 until 6PM on Wednesday, August 30, 2017 in the Philbin-Comeau Funeral Home, 176 Water St., Clinton, with a funeral service to follow at 6PM. Memorial contributions may be made in memory of R. David Perkins to Dr. Franklin Perkins School, Rein in a Dream Program, 971 Main St., Lancaster, MA 01523. Online condolences may be placed at www.philbincomeaufh.com