SalemNews.com, Salem, MA

November 29, 2012

Earl W. Perkins, 97


Beverly — Earl W. Perkins, the beloved husband of the late Alexandra (Urban), passed away peacefully at Kaplan House after a brief illness.

Son of the late Herbert and Bessie Tucker, Earl was born and raised in Beverly, attended school here and was a graduate of Beverly High School, Class of 1933. He was a talented machinist, employed for many years by Sylvania in Salem, Ipswich, and Exeter. A member of Sylvania’s Quarter Century Club, he also belonged to the Grange, the Elks, and the Danvers Fish and Game Club.

Earl was an avid gardener, growing a variety of vegetables in the back yard, and his wife canned them all after the summer harvest. His many activities included mountain climbing, skiing, hunting, fishing, working on cars and various crafts. He loved “tinkering with things” and had the ability to complete any project he started, no matter how difficult.

One of the highlights of his life was dancing with his beloved wife. In fact, that was how they met. Dancing led to love, and that love led to his three beautiful daughters that he adored.

Earl is survived by his three daughters, Sandra Gaurdeau and husband, Mike of Carson City, Nev., Susan Perkins and companion, Bob Riley of Ipswich and Nancie Heger and husband, Richard of Beverly; four grandchildren, Leala Harwood of Lindea, Utah, William Venezia of Salem, Nicholas Heger of Providence, R.I., and Janessa Heger – Ewart of Georgetown; six great-grandchildren, Danielle, Gianna, Haley, McKayla, Johnny and Camden; one great-great-grandchild, Cheyenne and his niece Bonn Randall. Earl was pre-deceased by his sister, Eileen Gibson and nephew, Bruce Gibson.

ARRANGEMENTS: A funeral services will be held at the Campbell – Lee, Moody, Russell Funeral Home, 525 Cabot Street, Beverly, Saturday at 9 a.m. Relatives and friends are invited to attend. Burial in Central Cemetery, Beverly. Information, directions and condolences at www.campbellfuneral.com.