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Edward C. Perkins

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Edward C. Perkins of Rutland, Vermont passed away at his home on January 4, 2017.

Ed was born in Burlington, VT on November 27, 1929 to Hazel and Ray Perkins. He attended Cambridge High School in Jeffersonville, VT. He then attended Kents Hill School in Maine and upon graduation attended the University of Vermont, graduating in June 1952 with a BA in Agriculture and in 1958 with a MA in Education.

On June 22, 1952, Ed married Jo-ann Dodge and together they had three children, Martha Jo Perkins of Rutland, David Perkins (Susan) of Centreville, Virginia, and Amy Beth Perkins Moore of Yorktown, Virginia.

Ed was a lifelong Vermont educator focusing on Vocational Education. As Director of Vocational Education, he was instrumental in obtaining federal funds and building the Brattleboro Union High School Area Vocational Center. Ed was at the cutting edge of providing students entry level employment skills in 17 occupations from forestry to law enforcement and from carpentry to cuisine. He completed his career in education in Rutland as Headmaster of Adult and Vocational Education and finally as a Special Education teacher at the Stafford Technical Center. After his retirement, Ed enjoyed part time work with Enterprise Rent-A-Car.

Ed was also a Veteran of the Korean War and on completion of active duty in the Army he continued to serve his country in the Vermont National Guard and Reserve and retired as a Colonel after 33 years.

Ed continued to be active in many veteran programs, and also was a key member of the committee that brought Rutland the Korean War Memorial which was dedicated in September 2013.

In his younger days, Ed was a gifted athlete with sports playing an important role throughout his life, from refereeing and umpiring at the high school level to watching his children and grandchildren participate in various sports. He also loved his Red Sox, Celtics, and Patriots. Ed spent time in his woodlot doing tree stand improvement. His woodlot was a Vermont registered Small Tree Farm.

Ed was an active member of the Vermont Retired Teachers Association, the Vermont Graduates and Alumni of the National Guard (GANG), the Veterans of Foreign Affairs, the American Legion, the Reserve Officers Association, the Rotary Club, and the Future Farmers of America. Ed was a long time member of Grace Congregational Church.

He is survived by four grandchildren, Pauline Perkins of San Francisco, CA, James Perkins of New York City, NY, Meghan Moore of Dallas, TX and Sean Moore of Fort Benning, GA. He is also survived by his older sister Marjorie Holmes of Maryland. Ed was pre-deceased by Jo-ann after 60 years of marriage, by his younger sister Priscilla Reynolds, and his son-in-law, COL James Moore.

SERVICES: A Celebration of His Life will be held later in the year at the convenience of the family.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Rutland Area Visiting Nurse Association and Hospice, 7 Albert Cree Drive, Rutland, VT 05701.
Published in Brattleboro Reformer on Jan. 10, 2017
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