2014-10-17 / Obituaries

John Perlowski Sr.

John S. Perlowski Sr., lovingly called “Papa” by the family he adored, passed away Monday, Oct. 6, 2014 after a long struggle with Alzheimer’s.

John was an energetic, optimistic lover-of-life who swept those around him up in his enthusiasm. He loved live jazz (the Portland Museum of Art), competitive tennis (JP Open), and the Celtics (Larry Bird!).

He considered himself the luckiest man alive to have married Donna, the love of his life and wife of 54 years. Together they raised their three children in Andover, Massachusetts, and made lifelong friends they have kept in close touch with for more than 50 years.

John and Donna traveled the world together, enjoying adventures with family and friends throughout the US and Europe.

Born in Holyoke, Massachusetts in 1936 to John and Viola Perlowski, John was proud of his Polish heritage (speaking Polish at home with his grandmother as a child). He enjoyed playing the sax in the marching band at Holyoke High School as well as the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, where he earned a BA in 1957.

An accomplished professional, John earned his own success. He began his career as a CPA for Arthur Anderson in Boston, and rose to the position of Chief Financial Officer of Bardon Trimount, an international corporation. .

So fortunate to retire early at 58, John enjoyed life at Kennebunk Beach to the fullest. John was a faithful member of St Martha’s Church, treasurer of Edgcomb Tennis Club and an involved member of the Kennebunk community.

Nothing made him happier than to have his extended family together, including his loving wife, Donna, his two sisters Connie Ollari and Janet Stanley, sons John Perlowski Jr. and Mark Perlowski, daughter Diane Alie and all of their families, including his cherished grandchildren, great-grandchildren, nieces and nephews.

Visiting hours were held on Friday, Oct. 10 at Bibber Memorial Chapel in Kennebunk and a funeral service was held on Saturday, Oct. 11 at St. Martha’s Church in Kennebunk.

Should friends desire, memorial donations may be made to the Massachusetts General Hospital- Massachusetts Alzheimer’s Disease Research Center via mail to MGH Development Office Attn: Shawn Fitzgibbons, 165 Cambridge Street, Suite 600, Boston, MA 02114 or madrc. mgh.harvard.edu/donate.

Arrangements in care of Bibber Memorial Chapel, Kennebunk.

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