Stephen H. Perry

Date of Passing:

October 18, 2018

Perry, Stephen H., 64, formerly of Bay Road, died peacefully on October 18, 2018 surrounded by his loving family. He was the husband of Elizabeth (Steffany) Perry.

Born in Providence, a son of John and Sonya (Susi) Perry of Portsmouth, he lived in Barrington for 30 years and in Warren for 4 years.

Mr. Perry was an attorney for the past 37 years.

Stephen was a graduate of Fairfield University Class of 1977 and St. John’s University Law School, Queens, NY, Class of 1981. He was a member of the Rhode Island Bar Association and St. Luke’s Parish.

Besides his parents and wife of 37 years, he is survived by a daughter, Katherine K. Perry (Kristin Boyle) of Arlington, MA; two sons, Nicholas A. Perry of Warwick and John H. Perry of Columbus, OH; a sister, Mary Ellen Perry of Warren; a brother, Kevin Perry of Ladson, SC and two granddaughters, Arya Perry-Boyle and Jane Perry-Boyle. He was the brother of the late Michael Perry.

His funeral will be held on Wednesday October 24, 2018 from the W. RAYMOND WATSON FUNERAL HOME, 350 Willett Avenue, Riverside at 9:15 a.m. with a Mass of Christian Burial in St. Luke Church, Washington Road, Barrington at 10:30 a.m. Burial will follow in Forest Chapel Cemetery, Nayatt Road, Barrington. Calling hours are Tuesday 4-8 p.m.

Flowers are respectfully omitted. Contributions in Stephen’s memory to Breadlines Inc., c/o Anne Pari, 134 Pine Crest Drive, Riverside, RI, 02915 would be deeply appreciated.

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  1. It was with shock and sadness that I just found out about Steve’s death.
    He and I became friends our senior year at Fairfield University. He was a cool dude – funny, smart, confident-as-hell. He was a good friend to have.

    Love to Liz and their family.

  2. Aunt Sonya, Uncle Jack and family. I was so saddened to hear this news. The last time I saw Steve was in Boston at my sister Pat’s house. How could anyone forget that voice and that everlasting smile of his. Such great memories of our families on LBI. Can’t believe it’s been so long. My love and prayers to you all.
    Maureen (Allen)

  3. Dear Liz and family,

    We were so sad to hear of Steve’s passing. We pray that the love of family and friends will help you get through this very sad time.

  4. I’m so sorry for your loss. Thinking and praying for your family during this hard time.

  5. Steve and Liz were dear and wonderful neighbors for so many years on the corner of Bay and Governor Bradford Rd…we were all so blessed to have them next door. Mr. Perry, as my kids used to call him, was forever trimming the rose bushes that bloomed on their property. One day, my then eight year old daughter leaned out of the upstairs window and called to Steve as he pruned the rose bushes,

    “Mr. Perry,” she asked, “Why are you always smiling and so happy?”

    “Because you’re my neighbor, “ he answered with a grin.

    That was Steve Perry. One of the nicest people I’ve ever known.

  6. I knew Steve as a colleague, neighbor, friend and fellow adult leader of a Boy Scout troop. As the Scouts, say he was alwasy helpful, friendly, curtious, and kind. Steve’s gift of empathy was one of the things I admired most in him. He and Liz have raised a wonderful family. Karen and my deep sympathy go out to the Perry family.

  7. Liz and family,
    I will pray for you all as this difficult journey continues. I will pray for strength, hope and everlasting peace. May God Bless you and keep you safely in the palm of His hand.

  8. Sending condolences to the entire family. May the light from God’s Word (2 Corinthians 1:3,4) be a guid and comfort through the darkness of your loss.

  9. I am standing upon the seashore.
    A ship at my side spreads her white sails to the morning breeze,
    and starts for the blue ocean.
    She is an object of beauty and strength,
    and I stand and watch her until she hangs like a speck of white cloud
    just where the sea and sky come down to mingle with each other.
    Then someone at my side says: “There! She’s gone!”
    Gone where? Gone from my sight – that is all.
    She is just as large in mast and hull and spar as she was when she left my side,
    and just as able to bear her load of living freight
    to the place of her destination.
    Her diminished size is in me, and not in her.

    And just at the moment
    when someone at my side says: “There! She’s gone!”
    there are other eyes that are watching for her coming;
    and other voices ready to take up the glad shout:
    “There she comes!”

    My heart is broken. All my love goes out to my Perry family… Steve was simply the best!
    Peace and Love

  10. Dear Liz, Children and Family
    My heart is so heavy for your loss. He was such a wonderful man to so many that his leaving will be felt for a very long time but his memory will always remain in the good works and love he left behind. Prayers and sympathy to his parents and siblings, to the kids whom I watched grow up under his wing and to Liz who always made his eyes twinkle.

  11. My condolences to the Perry family. I had the pleasure to work with Steve on many occasions. He was a true business professional and a wonderful person.

  12. I’m very saddened by Steve’s passing. He was a highly skilled and meticulous commercial lawyer, and I learned a great deal from him while we were at Textron. I always enjoyed time spent with Steve away from work, whether it was playing softball for TFC, blue fishing on Barrington Beach, or sledding with the kids at the cemetery. He was just a good guy with a bright and engaging smile. My deepest condolences to the Perry family.

  13. My deepest sympathies to all of Steve’s family. I was so very sad to hear of his passing. I only met Steve a few years ago on a bird walk and shared a number of walks with him. During those walks we also shared our experiences dealing with cancer which helped me, and I think him as well. He was a friendly, kind and caring man who really embraced the pleasure of these our door and birding experiences. I will definitely miss him. May he Rest In Peace. My thoughts and prayers for Liz, Steve’s parents, and children (whom he spoke of with love and pride).

  14. Dear Liz and family,
    I am so saddened to hear of Steve’s passing. I will always remember him as a very kind, welcoming man with a great sense of humor. My condolences to you all.

  15. My deepest sympathy Elizabeth to you and your children, his parents and all your family. Steve was a wonderful man who cared deeply for the needy and homeless. When we decided to form our ministry he named it Breadlines from the picture his parents displayed in his home when he was a child “The Christ of The Breadline.” Now your request for contributions in his memory continue his wishes to care for those in need. God bless you Steve from all the Breadline volunteers. We will remember you always.

  16. So sorry to hear, he has a remarkable family and he will be missed by all who knew him.

  17. Condolences from Todd and Cindy Wittenberg. Much love to the entire family. Steve is a cherished friend.

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