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Carl M. Perdue, 83, formerly of Aiken, S.C., and Sarasota, Fla., departed this life on June 11, 2017, to join his beloved wife of 57 years, Barbara (Sixt), after living an amazing and well-traveled life.
Born in South Bound Brook, N.J., on April 22, 1934, to his late parents, Carl Edward and Natalie (Cichomski) Perdue, he worked his way from pinsetter at his local bowling alley to chemist at American Cyanamid. He was a life member of the ALCA (American Leather Chemists Assoc.). Carl was a proud veteran of the U.S. Army during the Korean Conflict.
He married his wife, Barbara, in 1960 and moved from New Jersey to Hamilton where they raised their four children. Carl retired from his career in the leather industry as vice president of export sales at Salem Oil & Grease Company in 1999. His career gave him the opportunity to travel extensively throughout the world. He cherished his time abroad, immersed in the local culture, learning the language, enjoying the local cuisine, and developing close friends in every continent except Greenland. Each of his trips provided him with countless stories that he would gladly share with anyone who would listen.
A brilliant conversationalist, he loved finding connections with new acquaintances, store clerks, hospital staff, waiters -- anyone he met. He always put a smile on their face as he cracked a joke, shared his knowledge of their home country, spoke their language, or simply gave them a compliment. He was a truly engaging personality, a man with sparkling blue eyes, constant smile, and a true friend to all who had the pleasure of knowing him. Carl spent much of his free time on golf courses around the world and loved his time with all his golfing buddies in Sarasota (Palm Aire CC) and Aiken (Houndslake CC). His family, however, gave him his greatest pleasure, and those who know the Perdue family have heard stories of their wonderful, funny, and sports-filled family reunions. From coast to coast, these adventures combined laughter, games, food, drink, and music -- lots of music -- especially karaoke. His ever-present smile and singing voice will be greatly missed.
The singing will continue through the voices of his children and grandchildren whom he loved dearly; daughter, Jacqueline P. Martin and her husband, Bill of Hamilton, Cynthia Perdue-Dolan and her husband, Dennis of Butte, Mont.; his son, James Perdue and his wife, Susan Swett of San Diego; grandchildren, Billy Martin and his fiancée, Samantha Salfity of Pensacola, Fla., Catherine Martin of Hamilton, Abigail, Tommy and Patrick Dolan of Butte, Mont., and Nate, Maddy and Perrin Perdue of San Diego. He was the father of the late American Airlines Captain, Carl Perdue, Jr. formerly of Middleton. He also leaves his beloved brother, Donald Perdue of Pennsylvania; loving sister, Naomi and her husband, Tom of Florida; as well as many nieces and nephews. He will also miss his special cousins in Texas and Spain.
A Funeral Mass will be celebrated at the Church of St. Paul, 50 Union St., Hamilton, on Thursday, June 29, at 10 a.m. Relatives and friends are invited to attend. A short visitation will be held Thursday at the church from 9 to 9:45 a.m. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made in his name to Care Dimensions Hospice, 75 Sylvan St., Suite B-102, Danvers, MA 01923, or www.caredimensions.org. Information, directions, condolences can be found at www.whittier-porter.com.
Published on  June 26, 2017
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