Payson S. Perkins ’57 died on October 19, 2018, in Ocala, Florida.
(The following was published in the Portland Press Herald/Maine Sunday Telegram on October 28, 2018):
Payson Stephen Perkins, 83, entered eternal life on October 19, 2018, at home with his wife, Antoinette “Toni”, by his side.
Payson was born in Portland, Maine, in 1935, a son of Elliott and Evelyn (Ross) Perkins. He was raised by his Grandma Ross, after losing his mother at a very young age. Payson graduated from Hebron Academy and went on to Bowdoin College, where he graduated in 1957. He started his career with Mobil Oil Corp in sales management before purchasing his own company, ER Warren, in 1970. After twenty-two years as president and owner decided to retire to boating and fishing, he thought.
Payson spent his retirement years, first, as the board of trustees at Hebron Academy in Hebron, Maine, from 1979-1995. He was chairman of the board from 1991-1995 where upon retirement was named by the board, as Distinguished Trustee Emeritus. From 1980-1986 he was on the Board of Overseers at Bowdoin College. At that same time he was on the board of trustees at Kennebunk Savings Bank. He was president of the Maine Oil Dealers from 1976-1978.
He served as president of the Kennebunk Rotary Club from 1980-1981. Payson was predeceased by his brother, Peter. Payson is survived by his wife, Toni, who he married in 1996; his three children, by a previous marriage, Sally Perkins, Margaret (Peggy) Perkins, and Stephen Perkins. His stepchildren, Mathew and Nicole. He had a special love for his five grandchildren; his niece, Christina; and his nephew, Douglas, and their families.