John "Jack" Perkins

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John (Jack) Perkins
AIKEN, SC - Mr. Jack Perkins, 84, beloved husband of 59 years to Judith Perkins, died at home on January 8th. He will be sadly missed by those who loved him, especially his wife, three children, seven grandchildren and five great-grandchildren, who affectionately called him their Pop-Pop. Mr. Perkins was equal parts tender family man, curious intellectual, successful businessman and accomplished athlete. He was humble, handsome, reserved, quick of wit and generous of spirit to anyone in need.
Born in Maine, Mr. Perkins grew up in Niagara Falls, N.Y. He attended the University of South Carolina on basketball and baseball scholarships before enlisting in the Army during the
Korean War, where he served in Tokyo in counter-intelligence. His tour completed, Mr. Perkins graduated with a degree in national labor relations from Cornell University, where he played baseball and met his future bride, Judith Brinklow. After graduating from the Thunderbird Graduate School of International Relations in Arizona, he worked for BF Goodrich in Puerto Rico and Chile. Later, he was senior vice president with M&T Bank and First Eastern.
After 12 years of retirement in Hobe Sound, Fla., Mr. Perkins and his wife moved to Aiken in 2005, where they enjoyed active membership in USCA's Academy for Lifelong Learning. Mr. Perkins was an outstanding golfer and voracious reader, a regular at the bookstore, a fixture at the library. He knew more than a little about almost everything, but remained fascinated by all that was yet to be learned.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Harold and Alice Perkins; and his brother, William Perkins.
Left to cherish his memory are his wife Judy and his children and their spouses: Janelle (Bill) Hantjis of Greenville, S.C.; Jack (Andrea) Perkins of Bend, Ore.; and James (Leigh) Perkins of Jupiter, Fla. Also mourning his loss are grandchildren Lisa (Ryan) Avent of London; Nikki (Andrew) Reid of Greenville; Mike (Ashton) Hantjis of Greenville; MacCray, Benjamin and Becket Perkins of Jupiter, Fla.; and Marlowe Perkins of Bend; as well as five great-grandchildren.
Because Mr. Perkins was a lifelong dog-lover, particularly his constant companion Daisy, contributions may be made in his memory to the SPCA Albrecht Center, 199 Willow Rd., Aiken, S.C., 29803; or Golden Harvest Food Bank, 13 Enterprise Ave., Aiken, S.C. 29803.

Published in The Aiken Standard and North Augusta Star on Jan. 15, 2016
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