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Michael P. Perkins, Jr.

Tunbridge, Vt. — Michael P. Perkins, Jr. of Tunbridge passed away on Thursday, Jan. 23, 2014 at Mt. Ascutney Hospital after an almost ten year battle with cancer. Michael was born July 30, 1983 to Michael Perkins, Sr. (currently of Hartford, Vt.) and Elizabeth Picken (of Brownington, Vt.)

Michael was diagnosed with a GBM at the age of 21 and at the time was only expected to live 18 months, but he never let that stop him. Instead of living like he was dying, Michael lived like he was not. Michael faced impossible odds and always strove forward with his head high, he was a true survivor. He had the heart of a warrior with a true passion for life. He was an inspiration to all who knew him. Michael was treated at Dartmouth-Hitchcock in the Norris Cotton Cancer Center undergoing radiation, chemotherapy, surgery and clinical trials. He always said he would be forever indebted and grateful for the care that he received there and tributes the oncology team with giving him a chance at life. It was because of that exemplary care that Michael married Emily Hackett of South Royalton in 2008 and with her had two daughters Robyn (age 5) and Alexandra (age 4).

Michael enjoyed being outdoors. His favorite pastime was “hooking for lakers” with his late grandfather, Robert Picken, with whom he shared a deep bond. Fishing was an activity that he also enjoyed sharing with his children.

In addition to his parents and family, Michael is survived by his Grandmother Shirley Picken (Brownington, Vt.) and siblings Robert (Bobby) Perkins (28, of Oakley, Utah), Mary Rhodes (16, Brownington) and Jonah Rhodes (13, Brownington).

A memorial service will be announced in the spring at the convenience of the family.