Margaret “Peggy” Perry

October 7th, 2017

Margaret L. Perry (Wise), fondly known as “Peggy” to her family and friends, age 82, a long-time resident of Wilmington and formerly of Medford, died peacefully on October 2, 2017, in her daughter’s home surrounded by love.

Peggy was born in Medford, MA, on March 20, 1935; she was the only daughter of the late Dexter and Marguerite Wise. Peggy was raised and educated in Medford and was a graduate of Medford High School with the Class of 1953.

Peggy married her high school sweetheart Fred Perry in 1955; the couple moved to Wilmington in 1960, where they raised a beautiful family. Peggy was a very devoted to her four children and her first grandson and all their many friends they made through all of their sports and activities. Later in life her devotion turned to her Grandchildren Elizabeth, Matthew, Christopher and Nicole Perry and her happy place was in her chair at home reading a good book, the Boston Globe, or rooting on the Red Sox or the Patriots.

Peggy had a wonderful group of neighborhood and work friends; when she wasn’t driving one of her four children to an activity she loved to get together with her friends and have lunch in Boston, go for walks around Lake Quannapowitt in Wakefield or just get together at one of her friends houses.

Peggy was brave, she tried her hand at square dancing, tennis, golf and even a little belly dancing before finding her real love of figure skating. Peggy taught figure skating for many years at the rink in Wilmington secretly hoping one of her daughters would become a figure skater.

Peggy went to work for the Wilmington Police Department where she was well loved and respected. Peggy’s wonderful personality and abilities made her an integral part of the team that made up the Police Department. Peggy made countless friends throughout the Department over the years. Later in her working life she was very involved with the Police Charities including planning the yearly Christmas party and serving hamburgers at Silver Lake during the Police Barbecues. Peggy retired following 28 years of dedicated service to the Police Department.

Peggy also found time during her early years while raising children and throughout most of her career to volunteer as a poll worker for all the town elections. She felt it was her duty to serve the town and be involved in the elections. She taught her children to be civic minded and involved in the community as a very young age.

Peggy was a woman of great faith and was actively involved in St. Thomas of Villanova Church for many years where she attended regularly with her children.

Peggy will be fondly remembered for her love of family, friends, and children; she loved donating to various children’s causes such as St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital or the Home for Little Wanderers. Peggy was always a great friend to her children’s friends; she had an “open door policy” and they were always welcome to gather at her home. Peggy was a wonderful confidant for the kids and a great listener; she was there to give them her counsel, love and support whenever needed. Peggy was there to help anyone in need; she freely gave of her time and talents and never expected anything in return. She was kind, caring, and friendly to everyone she met. Peggy was “quite a lady” who will be greatly missed by all who knew and loved her.

Peggy was the beloved wife of the late Frederick Perry, loving mother of Fred Perry and Linda Hamilton of Bridgton, ME, Linda Perry-Garnett of Anchorage, AK, Cindy Perry and Larry Peck of Bend, OR, and John Perry of Wilmington, MA and Maureen -Perry Kerrigan of N. Yarmouth, ME. Loving “Grammy” of Marc Garnett of Wilmington, MA, Victoria Peck of Mesa, AZ, Elizabeth Perry, Matthew Perry, Christopher Perry and Nicole Perry of N. Yarmouth, ME. Cherished daughter of the late Dexter and Marguerite (Farley) Wise, dear sister of the late Donald, James, William, Robert, and Richard Wise. Peggy is also survived by many nieces, nephews, and friends.

Family and friends will gather for a Funeral Service at the Nichols Funeral Home, 187 Middlesex Ave. (Rte. 62), Wilmington, on Monday, October 16th at 10:00 a.m. Interment will follow in Wildwood Cemetery, Wilmington, MA. Visiting Hours will be held at the Funeral Home on Sunday, October 15th from 4:00-7:00 p.m.

Memorial donations in Peggy’s memory may be made to St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital, 262 Danny Thomas Place, Memphis, TN or Home for Little Wanderers, Development Dept., 10 Guest Street,Boston, MA 02135.


2 Entries in Guest Book for “Margaret “Peggy” Perry”

  1. Julie Marr says:

    Dear Cindy, Linda, Fred & Jack, I’m so sad to hear of your mothers passing away. She was a very special person who deeply loved her family. She was a blessing to me and to my family and a wonderful friend for many years and will be greatly missed by many. You all are in my thoughts and prayers at this difficult time. Peace, Blessings & Love.

  2. William Fay says:

    So saddened to hear of Peggy’s passing. I got to know Peggy when I was a a police officer in the late 60’s. She was always with a smile and a good word. She was a trend setter as there were few women in police work at that time. She always encouraged me to pursue my career in education and I’ll always be grateful for that. She touched a lot of people and left a lot of footprints in the sand. I’m pleased to be one of them.

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