Reid Perkins, 90: Passion for music, dancing

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BATH — Reid Perkins, 90, died Jan. 2 surrounded by family, friends and the staff at Hill House Assisted Living Facility.

Born in Bath Oct. 5, 1920, son of Capt. Charles W. Perkins Sr., and Katherine E. (Morse) Perkins and graduated from Bath schools.

He worked at Bath Iron Works as a machinist until he enlisted in the U.S. Navy.

On Nov. 8, 1941, he married Irene Lucille Gilbert in Bath, where they lived and raised a family.

From Oct. 8, 1943, he served aboard the U.S.S. Wyoming until he was honorably discharged on June 5, 1945.

For 43 years he worked for the telephone company until he retired in 1982.

With a passion for singing and dancing, he enjoyed performing at the Minstrel, High Fever Folly, and Cancer Crusade shows.

He was a 53-year member of the Corliss Street Baptist Church, where he taught Sunday school and sang in the choir.

His hobbies included boating on the Kennebec, taking long walks on Popham Beach and Saturday night dances.

He was predeceased by his wife, two brothers and a sister.

He is survived by three children, Sandra J. Naumchick and her husband Ronald of West Forks, Capt. Michael R. Perkins and his wife Marie of Fair Hope, Ala., and Diane L. Delano and her husband Clinton of West Bath; 17 grandchildren; 43 great-grandchildren; 11 great-great-grandchildren; two nieces and two nephews.

Family and friends are invited to attend a graveside service on July 17 at 11 a.m. at the family plot off Barry’s Mill Road in West Bath. A celebration of his life will follow the service.

Memorial donations may be made to Operation Smile, P.O. Box 5017, Hagerstown, MD 21741-9716, or to The Barbara Bush Children’s Hospital, Maine Medical Center, 22 Bramhall St., Portland, ME 04101.

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