- Byron Joseph 'Joe' Perry, 91, passed away peacefully March 27, 2017, at EMMC with his family by his side after a brief illness. He was born in Millinocket, ME, April 17, 1925, the son of Walter L. and Annabelle J. (Bishop) Perry. After graduating from John Bapst High School, Joe enlisted in the United States Navy during WWII serving on the USS Hancock. After the war he returned to Maine and attended the University of Maine and started his teaching career. He taught at Bangor High School and several other schools. He spent most of his career teaching Earth Science at Garland Street Junior High School. He was loved by his students and known for his science experiments, field trips and feats of strength. He rarely had more than one discipline problem from any student. He was one of the founding members of the Bansco Federal Credit Union and worked there after school for many years. Joe was an accomplished carpenter and built many houses including the home where he raised his family, and taught woodworking for many years in adult ed. His great joy was his family and Sunday gatherings at home, especially with the grandkids, as well as playing with power equipment and his adventures with his pals Red Briggs, Paul Murphy and Phil Emery.
Joe is survived by his loving wife of 58 years, Mary (Ryder) Perry; his six children, Patrick and wife MJ of Shelburne, VT, Timothy of Bangor, Susan Burke of Holden, William and wife Amy of Sugar Land, TX, Joseph and wife Jane of Bangor, and Janice Crump and husband Ken of Bangor; twelve grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; sisters Marie Woodcock and Alice Ellsworth; many nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his parents and his brothers, Walter and William.
Friends may call at the Greenlawn Funeral Home, 300 State Street, Bangor, on Friday, March 31, 2017, from 4:00 until 6:00 p.m. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 12:00 p.m., Saturday, April 1, 2017, at St. John's Catholic Church, Bangor, with a reception in the basement following the service. Interment will be in the Mount Hope Cemetery in Bangor at a later date. The family wishes to extend a sincere and heartfelt thank you to the staff at EMMC for the fine care and compassion given to Joe.
Published on  March 29, 2017