Donald Perry

Donald L. Perry, 91, of East Falmouth died July 10 at Royal Megansett Nursing & Retirement Home in North Falmouth, after a long illness.

He was the husband of Dolores M. (Dastous) Perry for 63 years.

Born in Marion, he was the son of Manuel and Frances (Sousa) Perry and was known as Rip. He was educated at Tabor Academy and, many years later, lived to see the 2016 Inaugural Class of the Tabor Academy Athletic Hall of Fame, into which he was inducted.

After his graduation from Tabor, Mr. Perry attended the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, then was recruited by the Washington Redskins. When an accident precluded him from being able to play football, Mr. Perry enlisted in the US Army. During his time in the military, he served in Korea as a master sergeant in special forces and as an airborne ranger.

Prior to his retirement in 1981, Mr. Perry was the regional vice president for Eversource in the southeastern area.

He raised his family in West Falmouth and was an active volunteer in the community. As a member of the Falmouth Clippers Quarterback Club he ran football banquets in the 1970s and 1980s. He also was a member of the Falmouth Rotary Club, a Paul Harris Fellow, and commander of the Marion Veterans of Foreign Wars.

Mr. Perry served as vice president of the Falmouth Hospital Board of Trustees and also of Friendship House in Florida, where migrant farm workers and families lived.

With his wife he enjoyed boating and fishing.

In addition to his wife, he leaves three daughters, Jane F. Perry of Falmouth, Nancy A. Fraser of Key Largo, Florida, and Joan Polliti of East Falmouth.

Visitation will be Sunday, July 14, from 2 to 5 PM at Chapman, Cole & Gleason Funeral Home, 74 Algonquin Avenue in Mashpee.

A graveside service will be Monday, July 15, at 11:15 AM at Massachusetts National Cemetery in Bourne.

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