Richard Perkins, a resident of Amherst for over fifty years passed away on June 5th, 2014 after a long illness at Halifax Health Hospice of Volusia/
Flagler in Orange City, Florida. He was the seventh of ten children born to Fred and Ethel Perkins on February 1st, 1930 in Manchester, NH.
Richard was raised on a farm on Turkey Hill Road in Merrimack NH and was educated in the Merrimack Public Schools. He held a Master Electrician license was a self taught Mechanical Engineer by trade.
His wife, Nancy Ann Nesmith Perkins just seven days prior to his death, predeceased Richard.
His son, Richard and his wife Evelyn Perkins, of Nashua, his son, David and his wife Lynn, of Hudson, and his daughter, Brenda Clarke Blond and her husband Dr. Carl J. Blond, of San Antonio, Texas, survive him.
Richard and his wife Nancy would have been married for sixty years on August 20, 2014. Their first home together was at the site of The Common Man in Merrimack, NH. During their first year of marriage they built their first house on Seaverns Bridge Road in Amherst where they raised their three children. The couple retired to San Antonio Texas in 2008 and later moved to Deland Florida.
Richard was a Korean War veteran and was discharged from the US Army as a Corporal in 1952. He had been a member of the Masonic Lodge in Milford New Hampshire for over 50 years.
He was an avid golfer and enjoyed fishing and hunting as his hobbies. He and his wife enjoyed boating on The Atlantic Ocean off the coast of Rye NH and at Lake Winnepesaukee for over twelve years.
Richard is retired from Sterilite Plastics headquartered in Townsend, Massachusetts. Sterilite Plastics is a family-owned company that has experienced tremendous growth in the past two decades and is now the largest manufacturer of plastic housewares in the world. Richard spent almost two years in Germany during the Korean War and thought it serendipitous that he later imported plastic manufacturing machines from Germany and rebuilt them in the United States. Richard was extremely proud of his leadership tenure at Sterilite Plastics where he taught his staff to “pay attention, learn, and try hard, because someday you will have my job.”
Above all, Richard was a family man and was especially grateful for his grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Richard is survived by his grandson Richard and his wife Melissa Perkins, and their two children, Alyssa and Richard James of Nashua, his granddaughter Erin and her husband Michael Seguin and their son Owen of Lowell, Massachusetts, his granddaughter Marybeth and her husband, Christopher Williams and their two children Mackenzie and Aubrey of Nashua, his granddaughter Amy Clarke Cornett and her husband Christopher Cornett, and their two girls, Caroline and Victoria Cornett of Morrisville, North Carolina, and his youngest grandson Ryan David Perkins of Nashua.
The family wishes to express special thanks to the staff at Halifax Health Hospice of Volusia/Flagler and to his nieces and nephews Robert and Nicki Junkins, Chris Junkins, Jason, Stacey, and “Bobby” Junkins, and Caroline and Guy Raymond of Deland, Florida for all of their help during Richard’s illness and all of the wonderful things they did to improve his quality of life.
A memorial service was held to celebrate the lives of Richard and his wife Nancy at the Rivet Funeral Home in Merrimack, NH, on Saturday, August 23rd at 1 p.m., immediately followed by a graveside gathering at the Last Rest Cemetery on Baboosic Lake Road, in Merrimack.
Friends, family, neighbors and associates were invited to The Common Man for anniversary cake and refreshments at 4 p.m. in Merrimack, NH.
Memorial donations can be made to Breathe New Hampshire at www.breathenh.org or 145 Hollis Street, Manchester, NH 03101.