Essex — Edwin C. Perkins, 98, longtime resident of Story Street and husband of the late Evangeline (Durgin) Perkins, died Wednesday, February 5, 2014, in the Seacoast Nursing and Rehabilitation Center, Gloucester following his brief illness.
Born in Essex, October 31, 1915, son of the late Carleton C. and Martha (James) Perkins, he was raised in Essex and was a graduate of the former Essex High School. He continued his education at Wentworth Institute in Boston graduating as a machinist and tool maker. Married in 1937 the Perkins soon made their home and started their family on Story Street. During World War II he served in the Pacific with the Army Infantry Ordinance part of the Occupational Forces in Japan. Following his discharge and return to Essex he went to work for Bethlehem Steel at the East Boston ship repair yard. He retired in 1974 as machine shop supervisor after thirty-eight years of service. In 1954 he opened Perkins Marine in Essex at the site of the former James Shipyard, which he owned and operated until his son Edwin bought the business in 1978.
Throughout the years he had served with the Board of Commissioners of the Essex Water Dept., as a member of the Essex Board of Appeals, a member and Board of Director of the Ipswich Savings Bank and was a member of the committee instrumental in writing the Essex Zoning Bylaws. He was a member of the Manchester Masonic Lodge AF&AM, North Shore Old Car Club and for more than forty years he served with the Essex Fire Company.
Mr. Perkins enjoyed boating in the local waters, tinkering with machines, restoring antique automobiles and participating in rides and meets in these antique autos.
He is survived by his son, Edwin C. Perkins and his wife Joyce of Essex; a daughter, Joanne Doyle of Essex; five grandchildren, Edwin C. Perkins Jr. and his wife Deborah of Cambridge, Laura Doyle of Essex, Diane Barrett and her husband Mark of Rowley, Brian Doyle and his wife Kellie of Littleton, Brenda Campbell and her husband Chris of Hamilton and thirteen great-grandchildren. He was the brother of the late Elizabeth Joseph formerly of Essex.
ARRANGEMENTS: Private arrangements under the direction of the Whittier-Porter Funeral Home of Ipswich. In lieu of flowers memorial contributions in his name may be made to the Essex Fire Company, 24 Martin St., Essex, MA 01929, Manchester Masonic Lodge, 9 Summer St., Manchester by the Sea, MA 01944 and/or a charity of one’s choice. To leave a condolence please visit whittier-porter.com.