Calais – Ernest Joseph Perry, Jr., 79, passed away Friday, January 14, 2022 at Calais Regional Hospital. Ernest was born in Norway, Maine on December 29, 1942, son of Ernest and Louise (Hobbs) Perry.
After graduating from Oxford Hills High School, Ernest enlisted in the U.S. Air Force, serving as an MP in Guam. Following his service, he returned to Maine and settled in Lewiston where he worked as a mechanic. On September 30, 1967 Ernest married Nancy Saunders. In 1968 they relocated to Baileyville where he started his career with Georgia Pacific, eventually retiring with over 38 years of service. Ernest believed in standing up for workers and was a member of Union Local #27, where he served as President for 20 years. He took pride in his cars and enjoyed working on and detailing them, going to casinos and watching the Red Sox. Ernest also loved spending time with his family, especially his grandchildren.
In addition to his parents, Ernest was predeceased by his beloved wife of 47 years, Nancy Perry; grandson Nicholas Smith; brother-in-law and sister-in-law Victor and Judy Antoniello. Surviving are his two children, Jamie Perry and wife Kelly of Calais, and Jennifer McNeil of Calais; granddaughter Jade Smith and companion Todd Troiani of Baileyville; two step-grandchildren, Shandi Howell of West Paris and Justin MacArthur of West Baldwin; eight great-grandchildren, Mason, Bella, Sawyer, twins Hallie and Ava, Abrahm, Camden and Hudson; brother-in-law Samuel Saunders Jr. and wife Kristi of Calais; and his faithful canine companion Holly.
A graveside service will be held 2:00 p.m. Saturday, May 7, 2022 at Calais Cemetery. Arrangements by Mays Funeral Home, Calais & Eastport.