Donald “Rip” Perry, 91 of North Falmouth died peacefully on July 10, 2019 at Royal Megansett Nursing Home, North Falmouth after a long illness. He and his wife Dee (Dastous) Perry of 63 years lived a full and adventurous life.
Born in Marion on May 10, 1928 he was the son of the late Manuel and Frances (Sousa) Perry. Rip graduated from Tabor Academy and was inducted into the 2016 Inaugural Class of the Tabor Academy Athletic Hall of Fame.
After graduation from Tabor Rip attended UNC at Chapel Hill, then was recruited by the Washington Redskins. Due to an accident Rip could no longer play football so enlisted in the US Army where he served in Korea as a Master Sgt in Special Forces and Airborne Ranger. He then raised his family in West Falmouth. Rip was always involved and volunteered countless hours in the communities in which he lived. As a member of the Quarterback Club he ran football banquets in the 70’s & 80”s. He also was a member of the Falmouth Rotary Club, Paul Harris Fellow, Commander of Marion VFW, VP Falmouth Hospital Board of Trustees, VP Friendship House in Florida where migrant farm workers and families lived.
After retiring in 1981 as Regional VP for Eversource Southeast area he and Dee traveled enjoyed boating, fishing and socializing.
Besides his wife Dee, he is survived by daughters Jane F. Perry of Falmouth, MA, Nancy A. Fraser and husband Jeff of Key Largo, FL, and Joan Polliti and husband Stephen of E. Falmouth, MA.
Visitation on Sunday, July 14 from 2-5 PM in Chapman Cole & Gleason Funeral Home, 74 Algonquin Ave.,( Rte. 151) Mashpee. Graveside service will be held at Massachusetts National Cemetery, Bourne on Monday, July 15 at 11:15 AM.
In lieu of flowers and in memory of Rip donations may be made to Tabor Academy, 66 Spring St. Marion, MA 02738.