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Obituary: William (Bill) Perry, 91, of Portsmouth

Obituary: William (Bill) Perry, 91, of Portsmouth

PORTSMOUTH, R.I. — William (Bill) Perry, age 91, passed away peacefully at Newport Hospital surrounded by his entire family on April 29, 2017.

Born in Hudson, MA on February 28, 1926, Bill enjoyed over 25 years of marriage to each of R. Ruth (Anderson/Sebastiao) Perry and Pauline (Boucher) Perry who both predeceased him.

He is survived by his stepsons Richard Sebastiao and his wife Lorraine of Newport, RI and Buddy Sebastiao of St. Peters, MO and several stepchildren from his marriage to Pauline. He was also loved by Karen Sebastiao from St. Peters, MO.

He was the son of the late Antonio and Emilia Pereira, both of Portugal and the brother of the late Joseph Pereira and the late Anthony Perry. Born as Abel John Pereira, Bill changed his name to William Perry in 1954.

He leaves 4 grandchildren, Lisa (Sebastiao) Sawyer and her husband David of Franklin, MA, Kim Sebastiao and her wife Erin Powers of East Boston, MA, Jillian (Sebastiao) Shadden and her husband Jason of St. Peters, MO and Lauren (Sebastiao) Fagan and her husband Bryan of Wentzville, MO, together with 8 great grandchildren.

Bill was a World War II veteran of the US Navy having served from the age of 18 and being assigned to an LST at the Normandy landing in 1944. He received the WW II Victory Medal, American Area Ribbon and European African Middle Eastern Area Ribbon upon receiving his honorable discharge from the Navy.

Bill was a long time resident of Milford, MA, then Wrentham, MA and North Attleboro, MA. Bill was the former owner of the Del Rancho car hop restaurant in Plainville, MA for over 20 years as well as Bill’s Grill in Wrentham, MA prior to that.

He could out work anyone on the planet and many times held 3 jobs at a time, even working on a delivery truck until the age of 80. He had more energy at 91 than most people decades younger. He thoroughly enjoyed his many travels with family to Florida, Portugal and Hawaii as well as many cross country trips over the years.

Bill moved to Atria Aquidneck Place in Portsmouth at the age of 88 and thoroughly enjoyed his time there. He leaves many close friends on the Atria staff and in residence there where he was affectionately called “the mayor.”

We will all miss his jokes, smile and camaraderie and most of all his friendship.

Visiting hours will be at Memorial Funeral Home, 375 Broadway in Newport, RI on Tuesday May 2 from 4:00-8:00 PM. A funeral mass will be said at 11:30 AM on May 3rd at St. Barnabas Catholic Church at 1697 E. Main Rd., Portsmouth, RI.

Burial will be private. In lieu of flowers, a donation can be made to your favorite charity in Bill’s name. Additional information at

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