“It’s been a long run, but a good one.” Stated Fred to son Ted.
Frederick V. Perkins Sr., 87, passed away peacefully with many prayers from family, friends and clergy on June 25, 2017, in Waterville.
Fred was the first-born child of Henry G. Perkins and Ruth Varney Perkins, born in Springfield on Nov. 20, 1929. Attending school in Patten, Old Town and Ellsworth, he graduated in the Class of 1948 from Ellsworth High School, where he played basketball, baseball and football. Summers of Fred’s youth were spent in West Brooksville with his beloved grandparents, Fred J. Perkins and Laura Littlefield Tapley Perkins, on their farm.
After graduation, Fred joined the U.S. Navy for a year of active duty and six years reserve. He attended the University of Maine in Orono in the forestry program then a year as a business major at Husson College. His attendance at Husson led to a choice that shaped the rest of his long fruitful life; he met and fell in love with Patricia A. Curran. That pairing inspired his true calling, to be a dairy farmer.
Fred was predeceased by an infant son, Daniel, and first-born son Randall. He is survived by all three of his siblings: Thomas, Marilyn and Lois, his devoted wife, Patricia; children Laura and spouse Kevin, Donald and spouse Jean, Jeffrey and spouse Lisa, Michael and spouse Kelly, Theodore Mary and spouse Thomas, Jonathan and spouse Diane, Frederick Jr. and spouse Amy, Matthew and spouse Melissa, 20 adoring grandchildren and over 20 great-grandchildren.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at Saint Mary of the Assumption Catholic Church in Augusta, Monday, July 3, 2017, at 11 a.m. Burial with military honors will be in the Pine Grove Cemetery in Belgrade.
Arrangements are in the care of Knowlton and Hewins Funeral Home, One Church Street, Augusta. The full obituary may be viewed on their website, www.khrfuneralhomes.com, and memories, condolences, photos and videos may be shared there with the family as well.