Malcolm “Mal” J. Perkins, 78, a long-time resident of Winchester and formerly of Ayer, MA. died on Saturday, November 9, 2019. He passed peacefully in the comfort of his home with the love of family near after a period of declining health.
Malcolm was born the son of the late Grace M. (Hamm) and Raymond C. Perkins on December 14, 1940 in Concord, MA. He was educated in Acton, MA. and graduated from Acton-Boxboro Regional High School class of 1959.
On January 1, 1986 he exchanged vows with Jean C. (Smith) Goodman. They were married in a simple service with close family and friends in attendance. The Perkins’ have been married for thirty-two years.
Mal was a career Fire Fighter for the Town of Acton, MA. for twenty-four year before his retirement in 1987. After retirement he accepted a position at Walmart in Keene as a general clerk. He loved working there and he worked there for twenty years.
He enjoyed modified stock car racing. Time was spent meticulously maintaining his lawn. He was a collector of antique milk bottles. Mal always found himself being around nice people. He also had a soft spot for animals, especially his dog, Harley.
Mr. Perkins is survived by his wife, Jean C. Perkins of Winchester. His children; Janet E. Silverton and her husband, William of Acton, MA. Joan E. Gabriel and her husband, William of Holliston, MA. Children from the combined marriage; Teri L. Pratt and her husband, Smith of Claremont. Brian R. Goodman, Jr. and his wife, Deanna of Shirley, MA. A man he loved like his own child, Steven A. Sullivan and his wife, Sara of Hinsdale. His siblings; Brian M. Perkins and his wife, Celeste of Harpswell, ME. and Richard Perkins of Nashua. In addition, he is survived by his four grandchildren; Audrey Gabriel, George Gabriel, Sadie Goodman and Kaylee Goodman, as well as an additional twelve grandchildren. He will be missed by his sisters and brothers-in-laws, cousins, nieces, nephews, extended family and friends.
In keeping with Mal’s wishes there are no calling hours or formal services at this time. Donations can be made in memory of Malcolm J. Perkins to: the charity of one’s choice or you may simply pay it forward by buying a cup of coffee for someone or having a beer/shot with a friend(s) in his memory. All services are under the care of Cheshire Family Funeral Home and Crematories, 46 South Winchester St. Swanzey, NH. 03446. WWW.cheshirefamilyfh.com