AIKEN: John Lee Perkins, 76, husband of Joan N. Weymouth Perkins, of Aiken, and formerly of Fitchburg, MA, passed away peacefully on March 10, 2020 at his home surrounded by his family.
Born June 25, 1943 in Lancaster, NH, he was the son of the late Gordon and Lillian Caulkins Perkins. He was the oldest of four boys.
Jack, as he was called by his family and friends, graduated from St. Bernard’s Catholic High School in 1961. He enlisted and proudly served in the United States Army. While stationed in Germany, he coached the Baseball League.
Jack married his wife, Joan “Joni” of Fitchburg on August 12, 1969. The couple just celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary this past summer. Jack worked for The United States Postal Service for 36 years until his retirement. He enjoyed retirement but continued to work as a part time swim coach at Orchard Hills Athletic Club (Greenwood Swim Club) and St. Johns High School, MA. He later enjoyed coaching the Lassie League Girls Softball team in Phillpston, MA.
Jack had a loud, boisterous personality and endearing sense of humor. He loved nothing more than spending time with his children and supported them wholeheartedly throughout their lives in both their athletic and career endeavors. What Jack loved most was his grandchildren and telling them stories about his life growing up with his three brothers. He was a die-hard Notre Dame football fan and enjoyed many crazy trips to South Bend with his brother Bob and family.
Jack was preceded in death by his parents and his brothers, Kerry and Robert.
Jack is lovingly remembered by his wife; his brother, James Perkins, Beaver Dam, WI; his 3 children, Jennifer Perkins-Cote (Brian), Joshua Perkins (Kellie White Perkins) and Jessica Perkins; four grandchildren, Julia Cote, Liam Perkins, Logan Perkins, and Cordelia Perkins; and many nieces and nephews.
Services for Jack will be held in Massachusetts at a later date.
Memorial contributions may be made in Jack’s memory to Kindred Hospice, 35 Varden Drive, Suite A, Aiken, SC 29803.
The Historic George Funeral Home, 211 Park Ave., SW, Aiken, SC 29801 (803.649.6234), has charge of local arrangements.