Ira R. Perry, 68

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SEBASCO — Ira R. Perry, 68, of Sebasco, died Feb 26, after a long illness and a courageous battle. He was born in Bath on March 27, 1947, to Harvey C. and Ilene York Perry. He grew up in Milford, Connecticut, but spent summers in Sebasco and Cundys Harbor.

Perry joined the Army in 1964, and was stationed in Korea. After he was discharged in 1968, Perry moved to Maine in 1970 and worked for M.W.Sewell as a licensed journeyman. He was a self-employed fisherman, clam digger, seamoss and seaweed harvester. In 1979 he went to work for Bath Iron Works as an insulator, and retired in 2010.

Perry loved being with his children and grandchildren, who were the light of his life and his medicine during his long illness. His family and friends will remember him for his love of music and dancing to James Brown and Wilson Pickett. Perry loved watching game shows with his granddaughter, Cassidy, but each grandchild held a special place in his heart and he in theirs. Perry was a great friend to many and will be missed.

He was predeceased by his father and a grandson, Jonathan Wyman.  Perry is survived by his mother, of Bath; two sons, Harvey Perry II, of Woolwich, and David Perry, of Phippsburg; three daughters, Helen Perry, of Sebasco, Jessey Perry, of West Point and Shilo Perry, of Maryland; his grandchildren, Cassidy Wyman, Libby Wyman and Cooper Wyman, all of Sebasco, Danee Rogers, of Bath, Owen Perry, Ily Perry, and Autumn Perry, all of Woolwich, Sammy, Kyle, and Tyler, all of Maryland; two sisters, Paulette Ruedemann, of Bath and Iva Bouteillier, of Sebasco; and close friends David Lemasters, of London, Kentucky, and Belinda Gomes of West Point, New York.

A celebration of life will be held at 1 p.m. March 13, at the Knights of Columbus Hall in Bath. A candlelight gathering will be held at dusk at the Acrelot in Sebasco. A graveside service with military honors will be held at Morningside Cemetery in Phippsburg in the spring.