North Andover — Benedict A. Perrone, 91, of North Andover, better known as “Ben”, passed away peacefully on Tuesday, December 11, 2012, at the Merrimack Valley Hospice House in Haverhill, after an illness of three months with his daughter and son-in-law by his side.
Born in Lawrence, on April 9, 1921, he attended local schools, graduating from Lawrence High School in 1939. He also attended Boston University School of Business. He started his career at Davis and Furber when the family moved from South Lawrence to N. Andover in 1939, and he worked there for 17 years before changing careers to work for Raytheon Company in Andover, where many knew him as “Gentle Ben”. At 71, he retired from Raytheon where he had worked in management for 33 years. He also worked part time at Kap’s Men’s Store for 41 years. He loved helping people pick out their clothing and was great at dressing his colleagues for success.
Ben lovingly provided for his family and set great examples for his children. He was predeceased by the love of his life, his sweetheart, Josephine, with whom he enjoyed 67 wonderful and blessed years. Josephine passed away on February 28, 2008. Benedict was predeceased by his parents, Antonio (Tony) and Ursula Perrone.
Benedict was a well known and respected resident of North Andover and was very active in the community as a member of the North Andover Lions Club for many years, the Andover/N. Andover “Y” Health Club for over 50 years and the Raytheon Retirees Club. He was a regular attendant at the 4 p.m. Saturday Mass at St. Michael’s Church and was very proud to be a member of his church. He was a special dad, his wife and children always came first in his life and he was proud of his family, creating a safe and warm home.
Much devotion was shown to his wife, as well as his children and their families, his grandchildren and their families and his great-grandchildren. He was always so proud of them all…always.