LLOYD RUSSELL PERRY

    It is with deep sorrow that we announce the passing of Lloyd Russell Perry.  Lloyd “Laddie” was born on June 8, 1923 to the late Mamie and Harvey Perry of Barwick, Ont.
    He was predeceased by brothers, George and Stanley Perry and sister, Marjorie (Midge) Johnson.  
    He leaves to mourn his wife, Evelyn, their three children and families:  Richard and Eileen Perry and their children, Chris Perry and wife, Cheryl, and Kimberly Attwater and husband, Blair; Harvey and Jill Perry and their children, Tammy Oliphant and husband, Darcy, Dana Bowers and husband, Gene, and Kyle Perry; and Cindy and Calvin Kaun and their children, Nathan and David.  
    Also left are sisters, Mary Ducharme and June Hughes and brother, Clarence Ducharme, along with eight great grandchildren.  
    Lloyd enlisted in the army on January 16, 1942, serving in World War II from 1942 to 1945 as a gunner in the Artillery Corps in the Second Field Regiment of the Royal Canadian Army. He served in Germany, Italy, France, and North Africa. He was captured in Italy and taken prisoner of war on approximately December 14, 1944 for 142 days. On one occasion, he was transported by boxcar and forced to participate in a hunger march in early 1945 for about 45 days after a preceding period of severe malnutrition.
     After the war, Lloyd returned to Fort Frances  and met and married his wife Evelyn Joyce Westover. They settled in Alberton Township where they raised their three children.  
    Lloyd worked in J. A. Mathieu’s lumber yard, and also as a commercial fisherman, and a guide to many fishing parties on many of our beautiful lakes.  He worked for the local paper mill in the cutter room, and later home schooled and became an electrician, retiring in 1985.  
    Serving as a councillor for the Township of Alberton for many years, Lloyd was greatly involved in the building of the Crozier Hall and used his many talents to help his community. Dad was a true “Jack of all Trades,” but a master of much.
    Dad took great pleasure in the great outdoors and spent much time fishing on Lake of the Woods. Cedar Narrows Lodge, on Pipestone, was one of Dad’s favourite places to spend his time. He spent many orange-clad autumns hunting in Barwick with the Westover clan, gathering at Jim and Donna’s where they would rehash the day’s events and tell stories of old.  
    Our father was a very kind and generous man, always taking the time to help out friends, neighbours and relatives. After dinner, if he wasn’t helping someone with their building projects, he could most often be found in the garage, which rarely held a vehicle, but rather his many projects (welding, building trailers, repairing tools, creating log splitters and fixing vehicles.)          While working in his garage, Dad would always take the time to play with his grandkids, making swords and gassing up the three wheeler and lawn mowers to make sure that everyone had fun. Grampa Perry always kept some sweet treats and a stash of frosty root beer for the grandkids in his fridge in the back of the garage. Being in Grandad’s garage was always a special occasion.
    Dad passed away on August 7, 2007 at 7:45 p.m., at Rainycrest in the Alzheimer’s Unit, with his children, Harvey and Cindy, and special niece, Jen by his side.
    Dad was full of life and as a result, he had a full life. He was a loving son, brother, husband and grandfather. He helped to raise a family who will greatly miss him. Our father was a kind and gentle man, and we are grateful for his life. Dad brought much joy to so many people through his humor and his many acts of kindness. He took joy in a sunny day, a singing bird, a trilling chipmunk, a friendly smile, a silly joke, a warm hand and a big hug. It is our greatest hope that we too brought him joy.
    Dad was cremated and funeral services were held on Saturday, August 11, 2007 at 11 a.m. at Green Funeral Home in Fort Frances with Pastor Brian Keffer officiating.
    A luncheon was held at the Legion where family and friends gathered to celebrate his life.  A Last Post Tribute was provided by the Royal Canadian Legion Branch 29 Colour Party. Honourary pallbearers were Ross Perry, Bob Stewart, Norbert Bragg, Jim Hayes Jr., and grandsons,  Kyle Perry, Nathan Kaun and David Kaun.
    Should family and friends desire, in memoriam donations may be made to the Salvation Army in care of Green Funeral Home at 600 Reid Avenue, P. O. Box 427, Fort Frances, Ontario, P9A 3M8.

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