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Ray M. Perkins, Mayor of the Village of Akron died unexpectedly Monday at the age of 68. Mayor Perkins was elected on March 18, 2003 and previously served three years on the Akron Central School Board and was coordinator of the district's Community Education Program for six years.
Born in Arcade, Mayor Perkins enlisted in the Marine Corps after graduating from Salamanca High School and served two tours of duty in the Vietnam War as a medic. Mayor Perkins also served as a Navy corpsman and during Operation Desert Storm/Desert Shield Mayor Perkins served with the Army Reserve's 365th Evacuation Hospital in Niagara Falls.
Returning from active duty in 1968, he was a physician's assistant for 32 years at Buffalo Veterans Affairs Medical Center and taught an evening class on aging at the University of Buffalo for 31 years.
While a member of the Akron Volunteer Fire Department, he served with one of the charter groups in advance life support services and was a first-aid captain for two years. As well as an Eagle Scout, he was a HAM radio operator and a volunteer fundraiser for the Center for Hospice & Palliative Care.
Along with being the Mayor of the Village of Akron, he was the 2nd Vice President of the Erie County Village Officials Association, Commander of the Newstead Memorial Post 3180, Veterans of Foreign Wars, President of the Akron/Newstead Senior Citizens Organization, a AARP driving program instructor, an active member of the Akron First United Methodist Church and Vietnam Veterans of America.
His wife of 23 years, Martha "Jane" Brandt Perkins, died in 1999. Surviving are two sons, Scott and Gerald, five daughters Laura Borchert, Dana Connors, Paula Rogers, Dawn Staub and Sandra along with a sister Virginia Payne.
A memorial service will be held on Saturday, October 7, 2006 at 11:00AM at the Akron First United Methodist Church. Memorials may be made to the Hospice Foundation of Western New York, 225 Como Park Boulevard, Cheektowaga, NY 14227 or to the Akron Fire Company, P.O. Box 1, Akron, NY 14001.