Marvin Perkins, former president of Perko, dies

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Marvin Stanley Perkins of Signal Mountain, Tenn., passed away on Friday, May 18, at the age of 90. He is survived by his wife of 68 years, Wanda Marie, and four generations of family.

Born in Brooklyn, N.Y., Perkins served in the Merchant Marines in World War II before attending the Poly Tech Institute of Brooklyn. He then joined his father and grandfather in their business, Perko, Inc., a manufacturer of marine lamps and hardware that is now based in Miami. He was with the company for more than 50 years and was the president and chairman of the board before he retired in 2000. Perkins was well respected in the marine industry and served as director of the Miami International Boat Show for many years.

Perkins enjoyed restoring classic cars and brought more than 100 back to life. His most prized restorations included a 1940 16-cylinder Cadillac convertible, a 1953 Corvette and many 1955 Ford Thunderbirds.

A lifelong member of the Masonic Lodge, he received a Masonic Service at his final ceremony. In addition to his wife, Perkins is survived by his children Frederick (Toby) Perkins of Miami, Lynn Perkinds (Scott) Short of Signal Mountain, David Perkins of Chattanooga, sister Lily Abrams of Long Island, N.Y., six grandchildren and six great-grandchildren.

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