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Obituary for Paul Perkins

February 2, 1923 - December 26, 2017
Lynnfield, Massachusetts | Age 94


Paul Perkins, age 94, of Lynnfield died Tuesday, December 26 at the Brattleboro Memorial Hospital in Brattleboro, VT.

Born in Somerville, MA on February 2, 1923 he was the son of the late Frank H. and Sarah M. (Evans) Perkins.

Paul was a tugboat captain and docking pilot for Boston Tow Boat Company. A well-known presence in Boston Harbor. He truly loved his job and was held in high regard by those that worked with him. Countless ships' captains requested him, specifically, for difficult jobs (LNG tankers, QE2) navigating through Chelsea Creek and other areas of Boston Harbor. He piloted in the turnaround of the USS Constitution ("Old Ironsides"). Captain Perkins had pilotage for surrounding ports from Salem to Cape Cod Canal, including Quincy, MA.

Paul was a World War II Army veteran, serving in the Army Corp of Engineers. He was a proud, honorary member of the Boston Marine Society, past-president of the Boston Propeller Club, a member of the Wakefield/Lynnfield Masonic Lodge and Aleppo Shriners of Wilmington, MA. He enjoyed and participated in many activities and organizations, such as the Wakefield Retired Men's Club, Lynnfield Senior Center, the Messiah Lutheran church of Lynnfield as well as gardening and spending time with his grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

He was the beloved husband of Verna R. (Cole) Perkins. He was the loving father of Kenneth C. Perkins and wife Deborah of Arlington, VA., Paula R. Sombronsky and husband Donald of Marshfield, Robert P. Perkins and wife Susan of Billerica and Pamela K. Wilcox and husband Kenneth Gilbert of Brattleboro, VT. Predeceased by two brothers and two sisters. Fondly cherished by seven grandchildren and six great grandchildren.

A Funeral Service will be held at the McDonald Funeral Home, 19 Yale Ave., Wakefield on Saturday, Dec 30 at 10:30AM. Visitation for relatives and friends will be held at the Funeral Home on Friday from 4-7PM. Interment, Mt. Auburn Cemetery, Cambridge, MA.

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to Shriner's Hospital for Children, 51 Blossom St, Boston, MA 02114 or to the Salvation Army, 209 Broadway, Saugus, MA 01906.

Suggested Memorial Donations

  • Shriner's Hospital for Children
    51 Blossom Street
    Boston, MA 02114
  • Salvation Army
    209 Broadway
    Saugus, MA 01906

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McDonald Funeral Home

19 Yale Avenue
Wakefield, MA 01880
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