HAVERHILL — Clinton H. “Clint” Perry, 91, Retired U.S. Air Force Veteran and Prisoner of War, died Thursday, November 8, 2012 after a brief illness. He was the husband of the late Eileen (Collins) Perry who died in 2000.
Born in Peabody on January 31, 1921, he was the son of the late Alfred J. and Jane R. (Downey) Perry. He was a resident of Haverhill for most of his life and wintered in Wildwood, Florida for the past thirty years. He was a graduate of St. James High School class of 1941, where he was the MVP and star quarterback on the football team. He received a scholarship to Duke University but declined and decided to enlist in the U.S. Army Air Corp in 1942 to serve during World War II. A Prisoner of War in Germany from 1944 – 1945, he was shot down behind enemy lines and was liberated by the Russians in 1945. He was honorably discharged in October 1945. He re-enlisted in the U.S. Air Force in 1947 and served until 1965. After retiring from the Air Force, he began working as a letter carrier for the U.S. Postal Service in Haverhill until his retirement in the late 70’s.
Clint enjoyed playing cards at the senior centers in Haverhill and Florida and was known to square dance in his younger years.
He is survived by his loving son and daughter-in-law, Clinton R. and Ane Perry; his two grandsons, Christopher Perry and his wife, Melissa and Clinton A. Perry and his wife, Norma; two granddaughters, Joy P. Byrd and Heather Stevens and her husband, John; nine great-grandchildren, Clinton J. Perry, Thomas Byrd, Mitchell Stevens, Mason Perry, Breanna Byrd, Abigal Perry, Georgia Perry, Miranda Stevens and Faith Alstrom; a brother, Francis J. Perry, Sr. and his longtime companion, Doris Hargroves. He was also predeceased by his brother, Alfred J. Perry, Jr. and two sisters, Dorothy Willneff and Lorraine Norton.