Edward Rossiter Perry, August 6, 1924 - September 11, 2011, of Stow, Massachusetts
Ted recently passed away at his home under the care of Hospice and with his children. He was born August 6, 1924 to John Prince Hazen Perry and Augustine (Lloyd) Perry, in New Canaan, Connecticut and lived there until 1947. Mr. Perry graduated from the New Canaan Country School in 1938 , Kent School in Kent Connecticut and furthered his education at Williams College, Williamstown, Massachusetts where he was a member of the Delta Psi Fraternity. He enlisted in the U S Army in December 1942, and served in Italy, Southern France, Germany and Austria, leaving the service in May, 1947, as a Sergeant Major. He was one the last surviving members of the Mule (Pack) Artillery. His stories of landing many, many mules at Anzio Beach have become classic and told through many different lectures to schools, institutions and other groups. He was among the first American soldiers to reach and liberate the Dachau Concentration Camp, one month before the end of the war.
Mr. Perry joined the New England Telephone and Telegraph Company in the summer of 1947 and retired in 1983 from the American Telephone and Telegraph Company as General Supervisor. Mr. Perry was a member of many clubs and associations, among them the Portland Country Club, the Portland Yacht Club, the Cape Elizabeth Racquet Club, the Edgartown Yacht Club, The Eastern Yacht Club, The Dedham Country and Polo Club, The New Canaan Country Club, and the Marsh Harbor Racing Association.
He was intensely involved with local government and served as Finance Committee Chairman, Personnel Department Chairman, Board of Selectmen member and Chairman in both Medfield and Westwood Massachusetts. He served on several Boards, among them: the American Cancer Society, The Brigham and Women's Hospital, Chairman of the United Way for Eastern Massachusetts, The Dedham Country and Polo Club, The Rivers School in Weston, and the Saint Anthony Club of New York. Locally he was very involved in Concerned Citizens of Stow, (CCS) .
He was an avid sportsman and particularly enjoyed golf and long sailing cruises with his late wife, Mary, on their 40 foot yawl, Camassia. He will be greatly missed by his daughter Mary Drake, and his three sons, Ross Perry, Gifford Perry, Matthew Perry, and his thirteen grandchildren, and three great grand children. He is survived by his brother Samuel Lloyd Perry of Tampa Florida.
Gifts in his name may be made to:
Stow Council of Ageing - COA
Stow Town Building
380 Great Road
Stow, MA 01775
Arrangements under the care of Glenn D. Burlamachi, CONCORD FUNERAL HOME, Concord, MA.
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