BUCKFIELD — Theodore “Ted” Perry, 95, of Buckfield, passed away peacefully Saturday, March 10, at home, with his loving family by his side.

Ted was born April 15, 1922, to Leslie and Helen Lowell Perry of Hebron. He attended schools in Hebron and Buckfield, and in his young adult life worked with his father and grandfather on the family farm and drove the snowplow for the town of Hebron.

He proudly served in the U.S. Navy during WWII, and was involved in several different assignments in the Pacific Theater. In 2016, he felt privileged to be part of an Honor Flight Maine, visiting the monuments in Washington, D.C. He married Lucille Child in 1944, and together they raised three children. In 1956, they moved their young family to California, where he completed his high school education in 1961 at Antioch High School. In California, he made his living as a heavy equipment operator in the construction industry.

He happily retired in 1982 and was able to pursue his passion for woodworking. He was a master craftsman and produced many fine pieces of furniture and wood products from “Grandpa Ted’s Woodshop,” which his family will treasure for many years.

Ted had a lifelong love of music and played the guitar. In his younger years, he enjoyed fishing, hunting, square dancing and traveling around the country and Canada. At one point , he took flying lessons. He loved his family and friends, had a keen sense of humor and could always bring a smile.

After 47 years of marriage, Mrs. Perry died in 1992. They lost a 4-day-old daughter, Nora Elaine, in 1947.

He was predeceased by his mother in 1994, and his father in 1997. He has also grieved the loss of three sisters and their husbands: Muriel and Bernard Record, Mary and Wade Harris and Flora and Bill Kieser; and brother-in-law, Edward Kosalski.

Ted is survived by his sister, Esther Judd, and her husband, Stanley, who reside in Hebron; and his special friend, Catherine “Kay” Saunders, of Lewiston. He will be greatly missed by his three children: Michael Perry and his wife, Pat, of Antioch, California; Carol Johnson and her husband, John, of Buckfield; and Nancy Bennett, of Turner. His survivors also include eight grandchildren; 11 great-grandchildren and two great-great-granddaughters. He is also survived by numerous nieces and nephews, who adored him.

The family wishes to thank Androscoggin Home Care and Hospice for the excellent and loving care he has received for many months.

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Theodore “Ted” Perry

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