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Thomas E. Perry

April 8, 1943 ~ March 15, 2021 (age 77)

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After a long illness, Thomas Perry 77 of Leicester, passed away peacefully on Monday March 15, 2021.

Tom was a unique character. He could usually be found driving a tractor, or fishing, and typically with a Budweiser in hand. At any given moment you could be summoned to pick up a bushel of steamers for an impromptu cook-out. He was sarcastically funny and gruff, but sweet on the inside. Way down deep inside. You really had to dig for it. He worked hard, had his own mechanical insulation company, which he ran with his wife and sons. God bless them. Tom was fearless and, wonderfully, it never occurred to him that there was something he could not do. He built his house, his garage, and cars. If there was a skillset he did not know, he would read books with a giant magnifying glass to learn it. Concrete work, automotive, electrical to plumbing, he did it all. Usually with his children and wife as staff, at his beck and call. He was particularly brilliant with boilers and furnaces. Tom enjoyed old cars, snowmobiling and hanging out in his garage with his keg and buddies. Some of his best memories were singing karaoke with his family in Sarasota. In honor of Tom, please feel free to have a beer while belting out a Roy Orbison or Patsy Cline song, preferably while wearing a cowboy hat. Or train conductor hat, either way.

He leaves his wonderfully sweet wife of 56 years, Marguerite, and their four children: Thomas Perry Jr and wife Denise, William Perry and wife Nichol, Dana Esposito and husband James, and Lisa Perry and partner Evan Kamien. He leaves two grandchildren, Delaney and Liam Perry. Tom's siblings: Marilyn Mastrorio (pre-deceased by her husband Skip), Edward Perry and wife Darylene, David Perry and wife Georgia, and Sheila Smith and husband David. All of whom can sleep peacefully now that they will no longer receive 5:00 am wake up phone calls from Tom. He grew up in Millbury, Ma and was predeceased by his parents, Edward Perry and Winifred (Wilkinson).

Sincere thanks to VNA hospice and Visiting Angels, and to our true guardian angels, Beverly and Buster.

Private funeral arrangements have been entrusted to the Shaw-Majercik Funeral Home.

In lieu of flowers, please send memorial contributions to the Worcester State Foundation C/O University Advancement, 486 Chandler Street Worcester, MA 01602. Please write Aaron E. Mastrorio ROTC Scholarship Fund on the memo line of your check.

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