Sunapee Town Report Honors Norm Perkins

Norman Edward Perkins (1911-2008)

Norman Edward Perkins (1911-2008). Photo courtesy of Ron Garceau and Sunapee Historical Society.

Residents of Sunapee received in the mail this week the 2008 Town Report. It’s  dedicated to Norm Perkins (1911-2008).

The booklet contains budgets, annual reports and sample ballots including school and town warrant articles, as amended. Voting day is March 10.

On the cover is a striking black and white photo by Ron Garceau, Sunapee, of the old town office building, as seen from River Road. In 2008, the building was recognized as “One of Seven to Save” by the NH Preservation Alliance.

The dedication is on the inside-back cover.

Perkins died December 31, 2008.

Norm Perkins was a life long resident of Sunapee. Born in Wendell in 1911, Perkins was a graduate of Sunapee High and Wentworth Institute, where he studied steam electrical power generation. For 30 years, from 1939-69, he was the Postmaster in town. He ran Perkins Electric from 1969 to 1981.

In the early 80’s, Perkins was instrumental in the re-building in Sunapee of a generating plant that would capture hydro-power from the Sugar River. As a boy, Perkins watched on a daily basis the construction of the original plant in the 1920’s. So, it was only fitting that Perkins would supervise its re-building, which was completed in 1985. He then served on the town’s Hydro Committee.

Through the years, as a volunteer fireman, cemetery commissioner, and trustee of trust funds, Perkins served the town and its residents in so many ways.

In recognition of his never-failing commitment to the Sunapee community and beyond, we proudly dedicate the 2008 Annual Report to the memory of Norman Edward Perkins. – Town of Sunapee, Annual Report for the year ending December 31, 2008

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