Alfred C. Perham
November 29, 1927 – January 12, 2021
Alfred Columbus Perham 29 November 1927 - 12 January 2021
Alfred Columbus Perham, 93, passed away January 12, 2021, at Greenspring Village in Springfield, Virginia. A gentle man with a dignified manner, Alfred will be remembered for his strong moral code, commitment to family and true devotion to his wife Dotty during their 66 years of marriage. He lived a long and rewarding life and will be missed by all.
He is survived by his son Carl Perham, daughter-in-law Charlotte and granddaughter Grace of Fairfax, Virginia; daughter Patricia Eley and son-in-law Tim Eley of Burke, Virginia; and several sisters and brothers: Margaret “Peggy” and Gil Turner, South Paris, Maine; Douglas Perham, Moorestown, New Jersey and partner Sharon Cresci, Auburn, Maine; Mary Ann Brown, West Paris, Maine; John and Iris Perham, Newton, Massachusetts; Martha Bryant, Greene, Maine; Nancy Perham, San Diego, California; his sisters-in-law Fay Perham, Knox, Maine; and Margaret “Peg” Perham, West Paris, Maine; along with many nieces and nephews..
He was preceded in death by his wife Doris “Dotty” Westlund Perham and son John W. Perham; his parents, Harold C. Perham and Mary “Maizie” Slattery Perham; his brothers Harold Perham Jr, Roscoe “Rusty” Perham, Sidney Perham, Joseph Perham and Bradley Perham; and sister Natalie Rice; his sisters-in-laws. June Perham, Sarah Perham, Mary Ann Perham and Kathy Perham; and brothers-in-laws Herbert J. Rice Jr,, Raymond “Ray” Brown, Roger Sirois and Bob Bryant.
Alfred was born on Nov. 29, 1927, in West Paris, Maine, one of 13 children. He attended West Paris High School, leaving before he graduated to join the U.S. Navy during the 2nd World War. After the war he attended and graduated from Fryeburg Academy, Fryeburg, Maine. He received his bachelor’s degree in civil engineering from Northeastern University. He was a World War II veteran, serving in the U.S. Navy (1945-1947). He and Dotty married in June 1953. After moving to the metro D.C. area in the late 1950s, he was employed as a patent examiner at the U.S. Patent Office before retirement in Upper Marlboro, Maryland, where he had lived for 48 years before moving to Greenspring Village. A public service will not be held because of current health and safety concerns. A small family burial service is planned at National Memorial Park in Falls Church, Virginia.
“There is a time for everything,
and a season for every activity under the heavens:
a time to be born and a time to die,
a time to plant and a time to uproot,
a time to kill and a time to heal,
a time to tear down and a time to build,
a time to weep and a time to laugh,
a time to mourn and a time to dance,..."
(Ecclesiastes/전도서 3: 1-4)
Monday, January 18, 2021
Alfred C. Perham
January 20, 2021
Experience, reinforced by those wonderful pictures, reminds us all how much joy Uncle Al garnered from his family & friends.
To a life well lived . . .
May we all be as blessed.
Sending much love and peace to you Carl, Patty and family,
Darlene and Jeff--big hugs
January 19, 2021
Alfred was 9 years older, a kind person whom I admired greatly! I remember being so proud of him serving in the Navy in the 2nd World War. When he came home, my mother made a pair of his Navy pants with the rows of buttons along the front into slacks for me to wear under my dress in the winter. Yes, they were warm!
We enjoyed a family trip to Hawaii, a cruise to Bermuda for Al's 80th birthday which included my husband Gil and my daughter, Karen, also a day trip into Washington D.C. at the time of Patty and Tim's wedding. When Al and Dotty sat together he would always have his arm around her! That's how you stay married 66 years!
Mary Ann Brown
January 19, 2021
Alfred was an older brother but I remember him as a smiling, kind brother who seemed to enjoy a somewhat bratty sister. It was always great when he and his family came to Maine to visit and when we went to visit him, Dotty and family in Maryland. We went on some trips together which were fun and very enjoyable. The one thing that I remember the most is how much he loved his family. He and Dotty were so much in love and it was great to see. He loved to talk and I loved to listen to him. He will be missed but he is in a better place and with Dotty.