Benjamin Ellis Perry, 64
Worcester-It is with profound sadness that the passing of Benjamin Perry is announced by his wife and daughter, Meg Savage and Sydney Perry.Ben died on Sunday evening, January 13, 2013 at the Rose Monahan Hospice in Worcester. The cause of death was squamus cell cancer resulting from exposure to Agent Orange during his 1970 tour of duty in Viet Nam.
Fierce patriot, loving husband and father, Ben was a vastly talented person:creator of large- scale realist drawings, photographer, musician and passionate car guy with a keen memory of automobile and aircraft history. He was a passionate promoter of James Logue's book Viet Nam LZ West, a photographic record of Alpha Company in country for one year. Known as Mr. Joke with the right accent for the occasion, Ben was a passionate foodie, good guy and loyal friend. Ben was a sales manager at Percy's for 10 years followed by twenty years in sales and marketing at Brother International of Somerset, NJ. He was a longtime member of the Worcester Art Museum, Preservation Worcester, Ty-rods Car Club and a founding resident of the Crown Hill preservation movement. Ben served in Viet Nam from January 1970 to March 1971, awarded a Purple Heart
. Ben was the oldest child of Ruth Frances and Benjamin Perry of Worcester, who predeceased him.
He is survived by his wife of 34 years, Margaret L. Savage, daughter, Sydney E. Perry and fiancee, Jay Merwin of Athol, sister Lisa K. Shea and husband James F. Shea of Londonville, NY and their daughter Melissa T. Shea; brother Earl D. Perry and wife Karey of Boylston, their sons Edward M. Perry and Dwight D. Perry; sister Christina H. Hassett and husband Robert L. Hassett, Jr. of Marlboro, and daughters Jesse S. and Adrienne C. Dowd; sister Adrienne B. Gaudette and Peter R. Gaudette of Singapore , and daughter Elise C. Gaudette; brother David B. and Jayne Perry of Chicago, and their children Nathaniel Perry, Rachel Perry and Emily Perry.
The family thanks the wonderful Guilherme Rabinowits, MD and "I'm your girl"Nurse Laura of the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute.
For 16 months their incredible team gave Ben extraordinary medical expertise, courage, hope and laugh out loud humor. Ben's wide circle of friends and family became the Posse of Caregivers: drivers, cooks, readers, walking companions, maintaining the phone joke line and just holding his hand. The Band of "Brothers" from Brother Intl offered a wall of support and love far beyond their professional duties.
Donations to the Art Fund at Dana-Farber may be sent to:
Friends of Dana-Farber Cancer Institute
c/o Benjamin Perry Art Fund
450 Brookline Avenue-G120
Boston, MA 02215.
A service to celebrate Ben's life will be held on Saturday, March 23, 2013 at 11 a.m., All Saints Church, 10 Irving Street, Worcester, MA 01609.
Flowers are welcome. Following cremation, he will be laid to rest at Arlington National Cemetery on Friday, May 17, 2013 at 11 a.m.
We love you, we miss you, we honor you.