PEAKS ISLAND – Donald L. Perry, 67, passed away unexpectedly Sunday, Dec. 14, 2008. He was the beloved husband of Barbara Rockafellow Perry. Don was born Aug. 30, 1941, son of Marion J. (Morrison) Perry and the late David H. Perry. Don was a 1959 graduate of Brewer High School and while there, started his broadcasting career at WGUY Radio, Bangor. Don spent his working life in the communications field in Bangor. He held positions at several stations, including WABI Radio, as a news director and anchor at TV Channel 7 and then as an announcer at WPBC Radio. In addition to those posts, he was a teacher at New England School of Communications – NESCOM at Husson University. He served in the U.S. Army from 1963 to 1966, stationed in Hawaii. He married Barbara Rockafellow Perry in 1972, and had one daughter, Holly Ann (Perry) Sullivan. Don was on the board of directors for the Fifth Maine Regiment Museum, as well as on the board of directors at NESCOM and Peaks Island Neighborhood Association Board. He volunteered for videotaping at Peaks Island School and did considerable work for the TV public access program “Second Act.” Donald loved motorcycles and was very proud of his Honda Goldwing. He was a former honorary Blue Knight. He and his wife looked forward to the annual Americade Rally in Lake George, N.Y., and he frequently attended the motorcycle races in Loudon, N.H., with his biker friends. In addition to biking, Don was an avid photographer and videographer, dedicating countless hours volunteering his creative works to local organizations. In addition to his wife and his mother, Don is survived by his daughter, Holly Ann Sullivan and son-in-law, David M. Sullivan, of Marlborough, Mass.; and his two precious granddaughters, Shay and Sydney Sullivan. He also leaves his brother, Richard W. Perry; an aunt and several cousins. He will be sadly missed by all of his family and very close friends. Relatives and friends are invited to attend visiting hours 2-4 and 6-8 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 18, at Jones, Rich & Hutchins Funeral Home, 199 Woodford St., Portland. A funeral service will be held 10:30 a.m. Friday, Dec. 19, at Brackett Memorial Methodist Church, 3 Church St., Peaks Island, with the Rev. Desi Larson officiating. Interment with military honors will be after at Pond Grove Cemetery, Peaks Island. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Don’s memory to Fifth Maine Regiment Museum, P.O. Box 41, Peaks Island, ME 04108 or New England School of Communications, One College Circle, Bangor, ME 04401. You are invited to share your thoughts, condolences and fond memories with the Perry family by visiting Don’s guest book at www.mem.com.
DONALD L. PERRY
Posted Dec. 15, 2008, at 7:54 p.m.