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John B. Perkins

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John B. Perkins, CDR USNR (RET), 74, of Medway, died Friday, April 6, 2013 at his home unexpectedly after a brief illness. He was the husband of Catherine (Parchesky) Perkins since 1968. Born in Boston on June 20, 1938, he was the son of the late John S. and Dorothy (Barnard) Perkins. Mr. Perkins was a resident of Medway since 1970. He graduated from the Newton High School in 1956 and Mount Union College in Alliance, OH with a Bachelors Degree in Business. He worked at John Hancock Insurance Co. for 30 years retiring in 1998. Mr. Perkins served in the U.S. Navy for 27 years with 5 years being active duty. He attained the rank of Commander and had served on the USS Liberty which is the ship attacked by Israel in 1967 and knew many of the men still serving on board. Mr. Perkins was a charter member of the Medway Lions Club, a life member of the Medway VFW, and was a member of the Medway Historical Society and the Remember the USS Liberty Assoc. Mr. Perkins volunteered at the Medway Senior Center and enjoyed going to the Medway Library. He loved all types of trains including toy, steam and full-size trains and even spent his honeymoon on a train. Besides his wife, he is survived by his daughter Durinda Perkins of Denver, CO, his son Douglas Perkins of Medway, a brother James Perkins of Melrose and many nieces, nephews and cousins. Relatives and friends are invited to attend his funeral service on Friday, April 12 at 1 p.m. in the Ginley Crowley Funeral Home, 3 Barber St. in Medway (www.ginleyfuneralhomes.com). Burial will take place in St. Josephs Cemetery in Medway at a later date. Calling hours will be held on Thursday from 4 | 8 p.m. In lieu of flowers donations may be made in his memory to the Medway Lions Club, P.O. Box 132, Medway, MA 02053 or to the Medway Historical Society, 223 Main St., Medway, MA 02053.

Published in The Country Gazette from Apr. 9 to Apr. 16, 2013
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