BELGRADE – Donald J. Perkins, 63, passed away suddenly on Thursday August 19, 2021. He was born in Bangor on February 18, 1958, son of Frederick V. Perkins, Sr. and Patricia A. (Curran) Perkins.
Don grew up on dairy farms in northeastern Maine and Belgrade, where he understood the value of hard work and care. He graduated in 1976 from Messalonskee High School where he met his high school girlfriend, Jean. He and Jean married right after graduation in 1977 and have lived 44 years of love and true partnership.
Don joined the apprenticeship at Bath Iron Works after high school and regularly applied his hard work, integrity and honesty to progress to higher and higher positions, eventually becoming a leader in the contracts department. Realizing that in order to achieve his professional ambitions he would need to increase his level of education, Don devoted his free time over the course of several years to obtaining his degree in business administration. He used this knowledge and credentials to rise through the leadership ranks as his career took him to the Mississippi Coast and to the Ingalls Shipyard, followed by stints in Baltimore, N. Virginia, and back to Mississippi. . During this time, he became a highly respected industry leader and was widely adored by his employees, who greatly appreciated his approach to leadership which so clearly demonstrated his interest not only in their careers, but also in their family and family life. . While achieving exceptional results for his businesses, he was also very proud of the role he and his teams played in the service of the country’s military. When he retired to Belgrade with Jean in 2018, Don leveraged his reputation for procurement and professional excellence to create his own consultancy and a larger consortium and enjoyed serving a consistent volume. of customers.
Outside of work, Don liked to stay active. He loved to engage with his siblings and extended family, as well as with his many friends across the community and across the country. He enjoyed helping others through mentoring, messing around with his grandchildren, taking coastal and mountain trips with Jean, and playing golf. Cycling was also a passion and he participated in many Trek Across Maine events. You might also regularly find Don on his tractor changing the look of his garden, moving snow, or just tinkering. Don will be remembered for many things, but perhaps most of all for his kindness and generosity. He lived by the motto “No act of kindness is ever wasted” and he applied it to his interactions with people from all walks of life, from strangers to dear friends and family. Don’s acts of service and generosity touched so many lives, and his loved ones were fortunate to have his example to follow.
Mr. Perkins was predeceased by his father, Frederick V. Perkins, Sr. and two brothers: his twin, Daniel Perkins and Randall Perkins.
He is survived by his wife, Jean E. (Bickford) Perkins of Belgrade; two sons, Benjamin E. Perkins of Mt. Juliet, Tenn. and Alan F. Perkins of St. Petersburg, Florida; his mother, Patricia A. (Curran) Perkins of Waterville; six brothers, Jeff Perkins of Hampden, Mike Perkins of Oakland, Ted Perkins of Rome, Jon Perkins of Rome, Fred V. Perkins, Jr. of Belgrade and Matt Perkins of Windham, two sisters: Laurie Clark of Cheyenne, Wy. and Mary Perkins of Blue Hill; four grandchildren, Asher, Everett, Beckett and Weston; and several aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews and cousins.
There will be no hours of public visits. A Christian Burial Memorial Mass will be celebrated on August 27 at 11:00 a.m. at St. Mary of the Assumption Catholic Church, Western Ave., Augusta. Interment will take place at a later date at Pine Grove Cemetery in Belgrade. A Celebration of Life will take place in September, schedule and venue details to be announced.
Arrangements have been made with Plummer Funeral Home, 16 Pleasant St., Augusta, ME.
Condolences, stories and photos can be shared on http://www.plummerfh.com
The family requests that donations be made in honor of Donation to a local charity of your choice, such as:
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