MIAMI, Fla. – Conrad Leo Perrier, 80, formerly of Webber Avenue, Lewiston, died May 2, after a brief illness, at the Miami VA Hospital, where he had been a patient for the past three months.

He was born in Lewiston on July 6, 1926, the son of Philias and Alma (Gosselin) Perrier. He lived in Lewiston until volunteering to serve his country in the U.S. Navy during World War II. Upon his return from active duty, he completed his high school courses and received his diploma from Lewiston High School.

He was employed at Bath Iron Works when he was recalled to active duty with the U.S. Navy during the Korean War. On the last month of his tour of duty, aboard the aircraft carrier USS Essex, his life changed forever when he was paralyzed from the chest down in a friendly fire incident on Jan. 3, 1952. After a long rehabilitation, he returned to Lewiston, where he was cared for by his parents and his sister, Therese, for the remainder of his life.

During that time he was able to travel across the United States and also build a home near Miami, Fla., to spend his winters. He was keenly interested in veterans’ affairs issues and was an avid stamp collector and a life long member of Holy Cross Parish. Those who knew him well never heard him complain about his injury or bad luck. He was a model gentleman at all times and lived his life with dignity and grace that never ceased to be admired by his family and friends.

He is survived by his loving sisters, Therese Perrier of Lewiston and Glorianne Perrier of Harvest, Ala.

He was predeceased by his beloved parents; and his brother, Marcel Perrier.

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