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Lawrence D. Perkins

September 7, 1961 - April 14, 2024

ANDOVER – Lawrence “Larry” D. Perkins, 62, died unexpectedly on Sunday (April 14, 2024) as a result of a sudden medical event.

Mr. Perkins was born on September 7, 1961 in North Hornell to Orville H. and Florence A. (Newland) Perkins, Jr. He attended Andover Central School through tenth grade and graduated from Alfred-Almond Central School in 1980. On December 24, 1993 in the Gothic Chapel at Alfred University, Larry married the love of his life, Mary A. Cronin, who survives.

Larry worked more than 36 years at Alfred State College, and retired from his position as Maintenance Supervisor in 2016. During his vocational career he was awarded the prestigious employee Pioneer Award on two occasions.

In addition to his wife of 30 years, Larry is survived by two daughters, Carly Perkins of Santa Fe, N.M. and Erica Perkins of Andover; his siblings, Brenda (Glenn) Kruger of Wellsville, Carl (Joyce) Thompson of Greenwood, Orville (Donna) Perkins, III of Alfred Station, John (Debbie) Perkins of Arkport, and Steve Perkins of Wellsville; his mother- and father-in-law, James P. (Loretta) Cronin of Wellsville; five sisters-in-law, Laura (Robert) Crittenden of Monroeville, Pa.,  Cathleen (William) Barnett of Santa Fe, N.M., Polly (Ron) Broughton of Wellsville, Kay Cronin of Wellsville, and Connie (Ken) Langley of Albuquerque, N.M.; one brother-in-law, James (Elizabeth) Cronin, Jr. of Alfred; as well as several nieces, nephews and cousins.

He was preceded in death by both his parents.

Larry was a hardworking man; a jack-of-all trades who could fix or build anything.

Larry took pleasure in many activities. He was an avid gardener, growing both flowers and vegetables. He also canned trophies from his labors. Larry celebrated the great outdoors by hunting, both bow and rifle, and fishing; and in the spring time, he was running the sugar shack making maple syrup.

As a spectator, he was an enthusiastic NASCAR and New York Jets fan. He enjoyed playing just about any sport, but was partial to golf. Larry was always up for camping and spent many great weekends at Keuka Lake, Branchport, and in the Poconos, often during NASCAR races.

His daughters highlight their greatest memories as those made while camping, sharing bonfires, swimming and gardening.

Larry was a man of character; honest and good-natured. His was a kind disposition that never held a grudge. He was truly generous. He was helpful, even offering support for his in-laws by transporting them to their doctors’ appointments, and many other thoughtful acts. Larry felt that what was fair for one was fair for all. He was a treasure to his family; a wonderful son, husband, and father. He cherished his people well.

A Celebration of Life will be held at a time to be announced. Memorial contributions in Larry’s name may be made to Andover Volunteer Ambulance Corps, P. O. Box 726, Andover, NY 14806.  Online condolences may be offered at www.baker-swan.com. © 2023 Baker-Swan Funeral Home.

Celebration of Life:
To Be Announced

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7 Messages

  1. Yso sorry for your loss. Was truly a great man and friend toallour message

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  2. Your message. May God grant you healing and peace in your time of mourning. Jesus is risen. He is risen indeed.

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  3. Mary and family
    I am so very sorry for your loss of such a great man.altho I didn’t know him well I knew enough working at alfred state college with him that he was a kind, caring hardworking man and always fair. Your in my thoughts and prayers

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  4. I am so very sorry for your loss Mary.I wasn’t around so much,but I was in the summertime sometimes when Larry was little.
    He will surely be missed by his family and friends. His step sister,Linda

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  5. Your message Soo so saddened when i heard of Larrys passing. We all grew up together on burdick rd. and he was the kindest funniest person to be around. He would light up a room. So sorry for your loss Mary and family. He will be greatly missed.

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  6. Mary, may precious, funny memories surround you & your family during this difficult time. May they lift you & remind you that love always remains. I didn’t have the privilege of knowing Larry, I regret that, he seems like an amazing man. Mary, I’ve thought of you over the years & send love.

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  7. Your messages am so sorry for your loss! Larry was a great guy and I have fond memories growing up with the entire family! Larry put up with us girls ( we are cousins) following him around and wanting to hang out with the crew! He did teach me how to ride a dirt bike which makes me smile because I think he thought I couldn’t do it! lol. I have a lot of great memories growing up with him and his family! I am sorry we haven’t kept closer! My thoughts and prayers are with you and the family!

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