Bernard L. Perry
Bernard L. Perry
  • June 23, 1944 - August 11, 2017
  • Uncasville, Connecticut

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June 23, 1944 ~ August 11, 2017

Bernard "Bern" L Perry Jr, 73, died Friday, August 11, 2017 at Lawrence & Memorial Hospital in New London CT. He was born to and predeceased by his parents, Dorothy (Dot) Lenore Callahan Perry, and Bernard L Perry Sr., an Army Veteran of WWII, of Happy Land, Preston, CT. He was born at William W Backus Hospital in Norwich, CT on June 23, 1944. He is survived by his wife of 53 years, Elaine M Perry; Children ~ Bernice M Perry, Kimberly M Mahoney, and Bernard (Bear) L Perry III; Grandchildren ~ David A Barber, CT, Patricia (Trish) Barber, Amiah S Perry; Great Grandchild ~ Zayvion L Hayes; Brother ~ Robert S Perry, and Sisters Patricia (Pat) Porter and Maureen Ostrowski, along with cousins and countless nieces , nephews and God Children. Bern started working at the age of 9 as a paper boy, then at Holmberg's Apple Orchard, and Sam's Grocers. He entered into the painting trade with Union Local 1122 at the age of 17 until his retirement at the age of 50. He often painted on bridges, at Electric Boat, Navy Housing, and Millstone Power Plant, Foxwoods Resort Casino and DOW Chemical, among others to name a few. He was always so full of life and had the craziest stories from his own life experiences to share for days. He loved to laugh, he lived hard and played harder. His hobbies included boating, cars, cooking, entertaining, residential painting, the annual Yale and Harvard Boat races, and Nascar and Drag Racing as well. His home was his castle and he enjoyed working on and making home improvements, but mostly doing for others especially in their time of need. He had a heart of gold and was full of compassion. He was extremely sensitive and sympathetic to the pain, suffering and struggle of others, even if he didn't know them personally. In kind, he relished in others' happiness and joy. The way he cared for people, from friends and family and even to strangers was the best gift he could pass on to those close to him. He taught them to never judge someone and to not only help people at their worst or lowest, but to also help them at their best. He personified the true meaning of a friend and family man and his family was beyond blessed to have him. The way Bern valued and took pride in each one of his family members, his wife, kids, grandchildren and great grandchild, brother and sister, countless nieces, nephews, and god children, is testament to his life and the love in his heart. He always said he had the best life, best wife, best kids, grandchildren and family he could ever ask or wish for. The way he loved and showed that family is everything, made his family and who they are till this day. He truly valued and took pride in how close his family is. He taught his friends and family the true meaning of love. Bern was one of the most caring, loving, giving people and one the hardest workers ever known. He loved life and lived it to the fullest. He took pride in his hard work and doing for others. All throughout his life, he donated countless hours of his time and resources of his own in doing for others. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Thursday, August 31, 2017 at 10:00AM at the Cathedral of St. Patrick, 211 Broadway Street, Norwich, CT 06360. There are no calling hours or burial scheduled at this time. At Bern's request, A Celebration of Life will be held on the one year anniversary of his death. Please visit to leave an online tribute or condolence.