Edward G. Perry of Teaticket, who built the current Teaticket Post Office and was its longtime postmaster, died on July 31 at The Terraces in Orleans. He was 92.
The son of Manuel and Frances (Power) Perry, Mr. Perry was born and raised in Teaticket and was educated in Falmouth schools. He graduated from Lawrence High School in 1939.
In 1946, he began a long career as the postmaster in Teaticket. That year, he relocated the Teaticket Post Office to the corner of his father’s grocery store, Perry’s Market, on the corner of Maravista Avenue. Having outgrown that location, Mr. Perry built the current post office across the street in 1960.
He took pride in the new office, as did others. Congressman Hastings Keith, who attended the dedication of the building, remarked that the post office was “one of the most attractive post offices in the entire 9th Congressional District,” citing its Cape-style architecture.
After the Teaticket and East Falmouth post offices merged in 1964, Mr. Perry became postmaster of the East Falmouth office, while his sister, Marie Corey, became postmaster in Teaticket.
Throughout his career, he was an active member of the Barnstable County Postmasters Association, where he served as president in 1954. Mr. Perry also was a member of the National Association of Postal Employees. In 1960, he was elected to the finance committee in Falmouth, a post he held until USPS restricted its employees from serving as elected officials in 1963.
In 1966, Mr. Perry married Irene Vieira.
Mr. Perry retired from the USPS in 1977. Having spent many winters in California, he later moved to El Cajon, California, at the age of 82. He lived in California for 10 years before returning to the Cape.
He leaves his nieces and nephews, Elizabeth Hayes of Brewster, Arthur Corey of West Falmouth, Margaret Corey of Buffalo Grove, Illinois, Judy Duter of Groton, Gladys Beaudette of Hudson, Nancy Fournier of Nevada, Carol Baker of Greenbriar, Ralph Perry of Teaticket, Douglas Perry and Brian Perry, both of Hatchville, Francis Perry of North Carolina, and Bradley Perry of Rhode Island.
Mr. Perry was the brother of the late Leonard Perry, Ralph Perry, Robert Perry, Alice Razinha, and Marie Corey.
A funeral Mass will be celebrated on Saturday, August 9, at 11 AM in St. Patrick’s Church, 511 Main Street, Falmouth.
Burial will follow at St. Joseph’s Cemetery, Gifford Street, Falmouth.
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the Falmouth Service Center, PO Box 208, Falmouth, MA 02541.