Hiram Mather Perry Obituary

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Hiram Mather Perry Obituary

Bangor Daily News
Thursday, December 30, 2004HIRAM MATHER PERRY [img]http://www.asmainegoes.com/images/hiram/399123i_1.jpg[/img]NEWBURGH - Hiram M. Perry, 87, died Dec. 24, 2004, at his home at 6 Miles Road, after a short illness surrounded by his family. He was born April 11, 1917, in Norwalk, Conn., the fourth son of William C. and Ethel Clock Perry. He grew up in Sandy Hook, Conn., and graduated from Newtown High School in 1934. During World War II, he served in the U.S. Army and spent three years in Newfoundland, an island he grew to love. In 1946, he married Frances Smith of Newtown, Conn., and returned to his job with the Eastern States Farmers Exchange, in West Springfield, Mass. He was on the staff of the "Cooperator" for 28 years, and as an agricultural journalist, traveled extensively throughout the Northeast, doing photography as well as writing. For 20 years, Hiram and Frances resided in Suffield, Conn., where he was active in local politics, began his career in furniture making, and managed a small farm with his children. In 1967, he left the Cooperative after it became Agway, and he moved his family to Maine to realize his ambition to dairy farm. There he and his son owned and operated large dairy farms in Standish, and later in Dixmont. Upon his retirement from the dairy business, he returned to his hobby of woodworking. Hiram remodeled a schoolhouse on Route 7 in Dixmont for his cabinet shop, and for a number of years he built custom furniture and displayed his clocks, unique folding baskets, and "Lazy Susan's" at craft shows throughout northern New England. In his semi-retirement, Hiram started an intensive study of the environmental movement. He consulted with 15 nationally-known and respected scientist who helped him. He published a newsletter in an effort to inform our legislators in Augusta. He frequently attended hearings in Augusta, defending property rights, land grabs and other environmental matters. Some of his articles can be found on the internet by typing in "Hiram Perry." He was a skeptic of many environmental movements and enjoyed his truth-seeking efforts. The past four summers Hiram returned to Newfoundland, with his wife and daughter, Judy, where he enjoyed reminiscing and marveling at the improved economy. He was an avid member of the "Troop Greeters" at BIA, and he gave a pint of blood a the Red Cross as often as was allowed. Hiram is survived by Frances, his loving and devoted wife of 58 years; daughters, Judith Perry of Stamford, Conn., Betsy Chapman of Hampden; and son, William C. Perry Sr. of Dixmont; five grandchildren, William C. Perry Jr., of Bangor, Susan Marble of St. Albans, Anne-Marie Perry of Dixmont, Carolyn Adams of Houston, Texas and Randall Adams of Alexandria, Va.; three great-grandchildren, Sean Marble and Michael and Megan Adams; one brother, Richard B. Perry of Bethel, Conn.; nieces, nephews, and cousins. Hiram was predeceased by four brothers, Jack, William, Dean and Robert Perry. A memorial service will be held 11 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 15, 2005, at Brookings-Smith, 133 Center St., Bangor. The family invites relatives and friends to share conversation and refreshments at the Brookings-Smith Family Center, 163 Center St., Bangor, following the service. Those who wish, may make a donation to the Maine Children's Scholarship Fund, which provides assistance to parents committed to education excellence, a goal which Hiram strongly supported at MCSF, 27 State St., Suite 64A, Bangor, ME 04401.[url=http://www.bangornews.com/a/class/obituaries/obituary.cfm?id=46213]http:...