Homer Guy Perkins,
Homer Guy Perkins, Jr., 69, of Lake
Wyola, Shutesbury, passed away surrounded by his family on Sunday, January 12,
2014 at Baystate Medical Center after a brief struggle with cancer. Born
September 23, 1944, in New Haven, CT, he was the son of Homer Guy Perkins, Sr
and Dorothy Catherine (Stock) Perkins and the brother of Maribeth Grant
(Russell) of Pascoag, RI, Hazel Adolphson of Hatfield, Caroline Perkins of
Huntington, WV, Dolly Perkins (Larry Novak) of Silver Spring, MD, Faith Perkins
(Jim Crotteau) of Lamoine, ME, and Ruth Sico (Joe) of Sanford, ME.
Homer wanted only that his family be
happy. He found his path and “the peace he was always looking for” on Lake
Wyola with his wife of 38 years Elizabeth Phyfe Perkins. He leaves behind a
large and active family who have been graced by his humor, love and compassion.
His children, Gus Perkins and wife Deanna Scarfe, of W. Chesterfield, Maggie
Perkins and Jenny Kipp, both of San Francisco, CA, Lily Perkins and wife
Valerie Lynch, of Amherst, and Jeriko (Daisy) Perkins of South Hadley. He also leaves behind ten grandchildren,
Ruben, Rowan, Finley, Aubin, Michael, Juan, Eva, Sadie, Silas and Elijah.
Homer "Hook" Perkins
graduated cum laude from Williston Academy in 1962 where he also excelled in
athletics. He then attended Trinity College, Hartford. Homer was a field
engineer with Daniel O’Connell & Sons for much of his career and we
remember him by several local fish ladders, the Springfield skyline whose tall
buildings and Memorial Bridge restoration were laid out by him and his
involvement in the building of Rte. 291 and at UMass, Commonwealth Avenue and
the Southwest complex.
Homer leaves many friends near and
far with whom he laughed and played and for whom he felt much gratitude and
affection. Homer had a gift for making those around him feel accepted exactly
as they were. Babies and grandchildren settled onto his lap and rested quietly.
He was famous for his humor, generosity, his skill at Scrabble and cards as
well as his ability to just sit quietly in the moment. We, the family and the
Lake Wyola community are reminded of him each day by his wood prisms and
sculptures, Adirondack chairs and benches, yard art and carpentry projects that
surround many of us in our homes.
We will always think of Homer, in
the stillness of the early morning light, paddling his kayak to the south cove
of Lake Wyola with his dogs perched on his lap. We can hear his voice in the
crooning of Bing Crosby singing Galway Bay and in the laughter and calm of
being together with family and friends.
Calling hours will be Friday,
January 17, 4 to 7 pm, at Wrisley Funeral Home, 90 Sugarloaf St, South
Deerfield. Donations may be made in Homer’s memory to Grapevine Inc., 93
Chapman St., Greenfield, MA 01301 or to the Border Collie Rescue, Glen Highland
Farm, 217 Pegg Rd., Morris, N.Y 13808.
And ever has it been known that love
knows not its own depth until the hour of separation - Kahlil Gibran