MELROSE - Leslie J. Perkins Sr, 78, of River Rd, died peacefully in the comfort of his home on November 3, 2022, surrounded by his loving family. Born in Troy on November 14, 1943, son of the late Floyd and Gladys Lasher Perkins, Les joined the US Navy and proudly served his country aboard the SS Fulton(AS-11).
Les spent his entire career at General Electric Silicone, Waterford, where he worked as a Chemical Operator and lastly as a Forklift Operator before retiring in 2002. Les always looked forward to his yearly boat trips with friends on Lake Champlain. After retiring, he and wife Donna wintered in Florida for 20 years, where he enjoyed time on the beach. One of his other favorite things to do in Florida was sitting in the driveway with his wife and his great friends partying and laughing. A hard working loyal friend, Les loved spending time with his family, especially camping and other family functions, all of which included a cold Miller Lite. His family meant the world to him and he would often preach that family is everything. Also, he could often be overheard telling those he was with to “have one more” beer, mostly because he enjoyed their company.
He was a longtime member and past Chief of the Hemstreet Park Fire Department, member of the American Legion, Post 731, Schaghticoke and also the Loyal Order of Moose, Florida.
Survivors include his loving wife of 57 years, Donna Bryan Perkins, son Leslie Perkins Jr(Bronwyn) of Melrose, and daughter Sandra(Michael) Pratt, of Troy, grandchildren Shannon, Matthew, Isabella Perkins, Brittany(Steve) Miske, Amber Hurd, Paige(Joseph) Wilks and Morgan Hurd, and great granddaughter Fiona Hersey, sisters in law, Anne and Mary Perkins and Diane Barbuto, as well as many nieces and nephews with whom he shared an amazing relationship.
Sadly, Les was predeceased by his grandson Cody Perkins and siblings Lloyd, Vernon and David Perkins and Vivian Sangil and Delite Reed.
Calling hours will be held on Monday from 4-7PM at DeVito-Salvadore Funeral Home, 39 S Main St, Mechanicville, 12118. A Funeral Home Service will be held on Tuesday at 10AM with military honors and burial to follow at Hudson View Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers donations can be made to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105.