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Frank M. Perry
  • In lieu of flowers, Dr. Perry's family requests that donations be made in his name to the New England Shelter for Homeless Veterans, 17 Court Street, Boston, MA 02108.

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Frank Perry, most recently of Needham, Massachusetts, passed away on Sunday, December 11, 2016 after a brief illness. Dr. Perry was born in Danbury, Connecticut, and attended Western Connecticut Teacher's College (now Western Connecticut University), from which he obtained a B.S. and M.S. in education. He thereafter graduated with an Ed.D. from the Teacher's College at Columbia University, which he attended at night and during the summer. Prior to attending Western Connecticut, Dr. Perry was a Lieutenant in the U.S Air Force during World War II.

Dr. Perry married his wife of 66 years, Cecilia "Claire" Kelley, in Springdale, Connecticut, on April 22, 1950. Claire pre-deceased Dr. Perry in August 2016. Dr. Perry and his wife were both teachers in the Connecticut and New York education systems. Most of Dr. Perry's professional time in New York was spent as the Assistant Superintendent and Superintendent in the public schools of Ossining, New York.

Dr. Perry and Claire shared a love of beaches and the ocean and, in 1986, they retired to the seaside town of Charlestown, Rhode Island, where they built the fourth house constructed for them during their marriage. In Charlestown, Dr. Perry learned to captain a motorboat, taught part-time at the University of Rhode Island (where he was an active and loyal fan of the "Rams" men's basketball team), and became an avid fisherman. He never tired of clamming in Ninigret Pond with his son's family, and many other friends and family. Dr. Perry was a life-long learner and reader, and began using a computer and email at the age of 84. He also enjoyed cooking Italian food, and was proud of teaching his son and daughter-in-law to make his mother's recipe for eggplant parmigiana.

Dr. Perry leaves his son, Christopher, his daughter-in-law, Diane Lewis, and his granddaughter, Alexandra, all of Wellesley, Massachusetts, his sister, Jeanette Simone, of Danbury, Connecticut, and his brother, Joseph, of Chattanooga, Tennessee, as well as many nieces and nephews.

In lieu of flowers, Dr. Perry's family requests that donations be made in his name to the New England Shelter for Homeless Veterans, 17 Court Street, Boston, MA 02108.

The Eaton Funeral Home in Needham, Massachusetts, is making funeral arrangements for Dr. Perry. A funeral mass will be celebrated on Thursday, December 15 at 11:30 at St. Joseph's Parish, also in Needham.