Carl's Story

SHERMAN - Carl "Cap" Perrin passed away March 24, 2014. He was the youngest of three children born to Virginia and Herbert Perrin on May 8, 1920, of Sherman Mills.

Cap attended the first two years of Sherman High and left to help his father with the family farm. As a boy, he was proud to be the first to deliver Bangor Daily News in the town and this was done with the aid of his horse "hoss" Trinket for the sum of half cent per paper. For many years Cap was proud to have raised potatoes and had several trucks that hauled the produce to Boston and New York markets. He helped many members in the community during this time of his life. He loved the Town of Sherman and was a generous supporter in many projects in the town including the Sherman Gym and building the fire pond of which was used for ice skating. He always was very generous with the youth, which he carried on in later years of his driving school bus for SAD No. 25. Many summers were involved with working with Thelma at the YMCA camp in Winthrop. She worked in the kitchen while he was busy transporting kids. He always enjoyed the gathering of family and friends at his home. His parents were one of several who started Sherman Old Home Days to help the Washburn Memorial Church with financial support. This tradition was continued with him in helping with keeping the Merry Go Round running and helping with the horse pull and many other activities for this annual event. The events have changed; however he has left this legacy with his children who have continued with the tradition of helping with this annual event to aid the Washburn Memorial Church by making Pumpkin Donuts. His love of the Earth was very evident with the beautiful vegetable gardens and the growing of marigold and many other flowers around his home. He loved feeding the birds and he and Mom took great pleasure watching the hummingbirds and robins from the kitchen window. Cap loved to play pool and his genuine friends, Forest Gardner, Colby Heath and Freeman Curtis were a foursome who played for many years and have all passed on. He taught all his children to play the game.

Some of the highlights of his life were spending summers at the camp in Shin Pond and teaching the kids to water ski. Many family members and friends would join in the fun. He also enjoyed watching his sons play basketball and win the State Championship in 1967. His daughters continued with the excitement when they each won the league foul shooting contest for Sherman High School and his youngest daughter playing on the Katahdin High teams in several sports. He has many fond memories of the coaches of who became his great friends. The joy continued when he had the pleasure of watching his grandson also win the State basketball champion. The basketball tradition all started with his love of the game when he played on the Sherman Town Team in the 1940s. Many will remember the trips he provided to basketball games and of course the trips to the annual Shrine Circus in Bangor. One of his hobbies were making maple syrup of which he was he was very generous in sharing with family and friends. He enjoyed sharing this skill with his grandchildren who have many sweet memories of working the sap with him. Friends who he dearly missed when they moved from the area include Dean O'Roak, Loren Ritchie, Dick Barstow, and Ronny Marks. He was a member of the Molunkus Lodge No. 165 of Sherman and Anah Shriners of Bangor.

He is survived by his loving wife of 71 years, Thelma (Thomas) Perrin. He had seven children, Carlene Campbell of Waterville, Dorinda Putnam and husband, Marvin, of Scarborough, Jarice Kelley and husband, Joe, of Sherman, Hilbert "Tom" Perrin of Millinocket, Carl "Cappy" Perrin Jr. and wife, Cathy, of Patten, and Lucinda "Cindy" Kelley and husband, Kent, of Spanaway, Wash. He cherished his 19 grandchildren, and 22 great-grandchildren and was proud to help raise one of his grandchildren, Clint Perrin. His siblings are Shirley Merrill of Patten, and and Donald Perrin who was deceased in 2003. Cap and Thelma suffered the loss of a son, Herbert "Tim" Perrin in 1975 who was a twin brother to Tom.

Dad's legacy lives on and we have lost another member of the "Greatest Generation" and The Town of Sherman. The celebration of our Dad's life will be 11 a.m. Saturday, March 29, at Washburn Memorial Church, Sherman, with the Rev. Dan Proulx in conjunction with Molunkus Lodge No. 165 AF&AM. Donations may be made in his memory to Sherman Little League, care of Jarice Kelley, P.O. Box 91, Sherman, ME 04776, for the "Tim Perrin" little league scoreboard and to help build the Little League program. You are all invited to a luncheon and shared memories along with his love of ice cream and maple syrup at the Perrin residence following the service. We thank the many caregivers, Stella Lane, Annabelle Gallagher, Sheila Chassee, Diana Gould, Monda Drew, Crystal Adams, Jenny Jackson Guiggey, Andrea Perry, and Beth Ricker, who have been an part of the family's life for the past several years. For an online memory book and to leave condolences please visit
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