Grand Lake Stream – John “Jack” Perkins, 87, passed away Tuesday, December 21, 2021. Jack was one of two children born to Frank and Florence (Bacon) Perkins on June 18, 1934 in Baileyville. He graduated from Woodland High School before choosing to serve his country by joining the Army.
Jack enlisted into the Army on January 19, 1954 at the age of 19. He served his command in the 25th Infantry; 35th Regiment to Korea and Japan during the Korean War. On December 31, 1956, Jack transferred to the Army Reserves for 6 years until January 18, 1962, when he was honorably discharged from service.
While still in the Army Reserves, Jack married his wife, Jackie Cox, on October 3, 1960. They raised two children, Susan Sarnecki (Alvin) and Johnathan Perkins (Idli). Jack has three grandchildren, Alicia Vose, Brett Vose, and Kaylee Perkins, as well as two great-grandsons, Hudson and Miles. He also is survived by a dear friend Kim Vose. Jack’s wife Jackie passed away on April 25, 2011 after 51 years of marriage. He was also predeceased by his parents, an infant daughter Jelaine, and his sister Judy Doughty.
For more than 15 years, Jack and Jackie owned the Indian Rock Camps in Grand Lake. He and his wife would have several cookouts a year at the camps along with several friends, often serving all of Grand Lake at times. Jack and Jackie were very well known and liked in their community. Jack served the community in several other ways over the years. He was a Maine guide in Grand Lake Stream for 30 years; taking people out hunting and fishing in the local area and waterways. He also served as an EMT for the Grand Lake Stream Ambulance, as well as a member of the Medic Corps, while also being a Mason and a Shriner for several years.
Jack worked as a pipe fitter for the Woodland Mill, retiring from there after more than 20 years. He spent his retirement years working independently with building and selling Grand Laker canoes.
A graveside service will be held 2 p.m. Saturday, June 18, 2022 at the Village Cemetery in Grand Lake Stream. Arrangements by Mays Funeral Home, Calais & Eastport