Michael P. Perry, 57, Tiverton


Michael P Perry, 57, of Tiverton, died at St. Anne’s Hospital on Monday, May 20, 2013. Born in 1955, he was the son of Charles Perry and the late Lorraine Perry, and brother of Colleen Perry Ramos, all of Tiverton. He is survived by his father, Charlie, his sister Colleen and her husband Rick Ramos, niece Shannon Ramos and nephew Matthew Ramos, all of Tiverton, and girlfriend Kim Schmidt of Putnam Conn. He was the beloved grandson of the late Charles and Anna Perry.

Mike was a graduate of Tiverton High School, and attended the University of Rhode Island where he studied journalism. He worked for many years as a customer service representative for various local businesses.

Mike was an avid and accomplished guitarist. He spent many happy hours at the Seekonk Raceway, New Hampshire Motor Speedway, TF Green Airport, and Logan Airport, doing what he loved — watching fast cars and airplanes. He loved NASCAR and was a master model builder. Also an aviation enthusiast, Mike collected die-cast airplane models and was a regular attendee of the Quonset Air Show.

Confined to a wheelchair since childhood, Mike never thought of himself as disabled. He played street hockey and baseball when he was kid, drove all over New England to attend car races and air shows from the time he received his license, and played guitar in various bands and duos at pubs and restaurants on the South Coast.

Mike was an animal lover and always had a beloved dog or cat at his side.

Mike was a great story-teller and entertained his friends and family for hours on end with tales of his road trips, family outings, concerts, and parties in the Lavoie's backyard. Virtually every story began with the words, “Did I tell you about the day me, Alvin, and Fairhurst…” or “So one day, me and Healey…” and ended in laughter.

Other survivors include life-long friends Alvin Lavoie, Ray Lavoie, Michael Fairhurst, Paul Levesque, Steve Healey, and Judy and Priscilla Harrison Bates of Tiverton.

At Michael’s request, there will not be a wake or a funeral service. For those wishing to honor Mike’s life, contributions in his memory should be made to Forever Paws Animal Shelter in Fall River.

Arrangements are with the POCASSET MEMORIAL FUNERAL HOME 462 Main Rd, Tiverton, RI 02878




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