Wenham — James G. Perkins Jr., born on October 26, 1930, to James G. Perkins Sr. and Mae (Nicol), died peacefully at home on Friday afternoon, December 20, 2013, surrounded by his loving family.
He will be deeply missed by his wife of 58 years, Phyllis (Oldson), his two daughters and their spouses, and his five grandchildren: Pamela Mae Kipp (David) of Newburyport and their children, Caroline, Julia and James; and Janet Ruth White (Bradford) and their children Benjamin and Elizabeth of Essex. He is also survived by his aunt, Edythe Hayden of San Diego, Calif.; and several cousins.
Jim grew up in Ryal Side and graduated from Beverly High School, Class of 1948. He attended and graduated from Bryant Stratton Commercial School in 1951, and then enlisted in the U.S. Marine Corps, where he served as a Staff Sergeant with the Marine All Weather Fighter Squadron 531. He also attended the Marine Corps Mountain Warfare School in Bridgeport, Calif.
Jim was employed by Equitable Co-operative Bank in Lynn for 32 years, and served as president and CEO for 25 years. During his successful career, he also served as president of the Massachusetts Co-operative Bank League and director and vice chairman of the Federal Home Loan Bank of Boston. He was a longtime member of Lynn Rotary Club, and served on the advisory board of the Lynn Salvation Army.
Active in Masonic Bodies, Jim was a Life Member of Liberty Lodge A.F.&A.M. in Beverly, and the Scottish Rite Bodies of Salem and Massachusetts Consistory. He was also an active member of Aleppo Shriners and served as Commander of the Arab Patrol. He was a Past Master Councilor of Fidelity Chapter, Order of DeMolay. He was recently awarded the Meritorious Service Award and the Stanley Fielding Maxwell Award for outstanding service in Masonry.
He was also a member of First Church in Wenham, and was an Auxiliary and Reserve Police Officer in Hamilton for 32 years.
Jim was a great friend and loved his wife and family more than anything. He had a wonderful sense of curiosity and adventure, and enjoyed many trips all over the world with his wife and family. He picked up skiing again after 30 years, to race down the slopes with his grandchildren in Park City, Utah. He loved photography, reading, caring for his home and pool, and riding his bike. His Marine background was present in every aspect of his life: his courage, determination and fortitude helped him through life’s challenges.
ARRANGEMENTS: Funeral services will be held at the First Church in Wenham, 1 Arbor Street, Wenham, on Saturday, December 28, at 11 a.m. Relatives and friends are invited to attend. Visiting hours will be at the Campbell–Lee, Moody, Russell Funeral Home, 525 Cabot Street, North Beverly, on Friday, from 4 to 7 p.m. Contributions may be made in his memory to the Shriners