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Arthur "Art" Ladd Perry
FARMINGTON -- Arthur "Art" Ladd Perry, 77, of Farmington, died peacefully in the comfort of his home with family at his side on Dec. 12, 2012.
He was born June 29, 1935 in Cambridge, MA, a son of David Allen and Alice (Johnson) Perry. He was a 1953 graduate of Weston High School, MA, and a 1957 graduate of Bowdoin College, Brunswick where he earned a BA in Economics.
While at Bowdoin, Art was captain of the freshman football team and the hockey team, and recipient of the Wooden Spoon and prestigious Haldane Cup, awarded to an outstanding member of the senior class. Following his graduation from college, Art served in the United States Army reaching the rank of Captain.
Art earned his teaching degree from the University of Maine at Farmington, then completed his MA in English in 1984 at Middlebury College Bread Loaf School of English in Middlebury, VT with commencement at Oxford University in London. His varied careers began in sales; first as a paper salesman for Carter Rice Storrs & Bemont in Boston, then as a sales rep for CML Group Sail Boat Co., in CT. Art then worked for L. L. Bean before traveling to Alaska as a supervisor on the Alaska Pipeline Project. He returned to Maine in 1975 and found his calling as a teacher of young people until 1998. He taught English for SAD #9 and also served as Chair of the English Department during his tenure.
Devoted to serving others, Art looked for ways to better the community in which he lived and will be remembered as a gentle man and a gentleman. From 2000 until 2010, he served as a Director of the Franklin Community Health Network and served on the Healthy Community Coalition Board. Beginning in 2001 until present, he was director and treasurer of the Pierce House and a member of the advisory committee for the Emery Arts Center, UMF. Art was a former Selectman for the Town of Farmington and a member of the Downtown Business Association.
He was an active member of the Sandy River Players with his biggest role as the mayor in "Inherit the Wind," and he was a member of Old South Congregational Church, Farmington. He served as Director and Treasurer of the Bonney Woods Corporation, a commitment that began in 1984, and considered this to be the most important legacy he could pass on to the community.
Art was an avid outdoorsman. He treasured his biannual trips to Jackman with the boys to fish in the spring and bird hunt in the fall. He could often be found on the ski slopes, tennis court, or golf course, but the sea always called; sailing was Art's passion. His times in Casco Bay on the "Kennebecker," his Sabre 28, with his family and friends, brought great joy to his life.
Art is survived by his wife of 32 years, Jill Flint Perry, of Farmington, whom he married on June 20, 1980; two sons, James B. Christie of Yarmouth, and Flint J. Christie and his wife, Christina of Farmington; two granddaughters, Madeline Christie and Isabelle Christie; two brothers, David Allen Perry, Jr. and his wife, Pamela of Vero Beach, FL, and John Treadway Perry and his wife, Jennifer of Lee, MA; sister-in-law, Jean Perry of N. Conway, NH; brother-in-law, Gil Kruschwitz of Anchorage, Alaska; several nieces, nephews, grand nieces and grand nephews.
He was predeceased by his brother, Eben Pierce Perry; and his sister, Sarah Perry Kruschwitz, (for whom he was an identical bone marrow donor).
Though he will be greatly missed, his grace will continue to touch the lives of many.
Family and friends are invited to attend memorial visitation from 3-6 p.m. on Thursday, Jan. 3, at the Wiles Remembrance Center, 137 Farmington Falls Rd., (Rtes. 2 & 27) Farmington. A Memorial Service will be held at 1 p.m. on Friday Jan. 4 at Old South Congregational Church, Main St., Farmington. Military honors will be provided by Camp Keyes. Following services, all are invited to a comfort reception in the church vestry, hosted by the Old South Hospitality Committee. Remembrance gifts may be given to the Bonney Woods Corporation ATT.: Treasurer Paul McGuire, 109 Smiling Goat Lane, Farmington, ME. 04938. Winter entombment at the funeral home. Spring burial at Fairview Cemetery, Farmington.