Frank Perkowski Jr., 84, of Oxford, passed away peacefully in the care of his family on January 23 after a long and courageous battle with cancer. Frank grew up in Seymour and lived on the Naugatuck River during the historic and massive Flood of 1955. After graduating Seymour HS, Frank joined the US Marine Corps and served on the US aircraft carrier, USS Saratoga. Semper Fidelis. He was predeceased by the love of his life, and wife, Gail (Baldwin). They spent a lot of time at their Maine family cabin, built in the 1920's, on Damariscotta Lake doing crossword puzzles and watching the lake waves. A mechanical engineer by trade, Frank built colonial furniture for pure joy in his spare time in his woodshop. His house was furnished with handcrafted cabinets, tables, chairs and counters. He also enjoyed painting in oils and acrylics with an interest in the art of Andrew Wyeth. He would drop any task he was doing to toss a ball in the yard with his children or help them with any discipline of math - algebra, trigonometry or calculus. Frank was a man who made wise and kind decisions.
He is survived by his daughter Deborah (Engstrom) and husband Andrew, his son Michael and wife Barbara, and grandchildren Lauren, Amanda, Kevin and Patrick. The family would like to thank all the amazing caregivers at The Center for Cancer Care at Griffin Hospital as well as at Masonicare, always treating him with the utmost care and compassion, laughing with him at his funny anecdotes, with his favorite line being "It is better to be seen than viewed".
Services will be held on Wednesday, February 2nd, at 10:30am at St. Thomas Church, Oxford. Memorial donations may be made to: The Masonicare Charity Foundation of Connecticut, PO Box 70, Wallingford, CT 06492.