Donald Leslie Perkins, of South Windsor CT, husband of Lorraine “Mickey” (Bushway) Perkins, peacefully passed away on the morning of January 17th, 2020. He was born in Sheffield, VT, on April 13th, 1933, the first born of the late Gordon L. and Laura May (Orcutt) Perkins.
He attended many schools in Vermont and New Hampshire, spending his fourth grade as the only fourth grader in a one- room school house in Mount Hunger, VT. Don graduated from Stevens High School Class of 1952 in Claremont, NH. He attended North Hampton Commercial College in North Hampton, MA, and Keene State College (now called Keene State University). Donald was a life long Red Sox fan, starting from when he would listen to the games on the radio as a boy in northern Vermont.
Don married his high school sweetheart Mickey (Bushway) on September 10th, 1955, at St. Mary’s Church in Claremont, NH. Don and Mickey were happily married for over 64 years.
Don worked in
insurance most of his life in both New Hampshire, and Connecticut. He retired
in 2009 from Aetna. He enjoyed attending as many of his grandchildren’s school
activities and sports events as he could. Don was a very generous man and
continues his generosity by giving his body to The University of Connecticut
Don is survived by his wife Mickey, his son, Donald “Thumper” L. Perkins, II (Barbara) of Appomattox ,VA, and his daughter, Mary Lou Lugo of East Hartford, CT; four grandchildren, Gordon L. Perkins II, of South Windsor, CT, Barbara Perkins of Bolton, CT, Sargent First Class Peter Lugo (Marissa) of Chester, VA and Luie Lugo (Amie) of Wethersfield, CT; seven great grandchildren, Dezaree, Colby, Molly, Madison, Peter Andrew, Allison and Codie; his brother, Dale Perkins (Julie) of Claremont, NH; his sister, Phyllis Pratt (Dick) of Winchester, NH; brother-in-law Edward Bushway, II (Annette) of South Wales NY, and several nieces and nephews.
A Memorial Mass will be held on Saturday, January 25, 2020, at 11:00 a.m. at North American Martyrs Parish – St. Mary’s Church, 15 Maplewood Avenue East Hartford CT, 06108. Samsel & Carmon Funeral Home is caring for the arrangements.
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