The Carlisle Mosquito Online

Friday, February 27, 2004


H. Russell Perry Jr.

H. Russell Perry, 78, of Carlisle died on Monday, February 9, at his home.

Born in Newton on August 2, 1925, he was the son of the late Howard R. and Marjorie (Tilton) Perry.

Mr. Perry, who was raised in Wellesley Hills, was a graduate of New Hampton School, class of 1944, in New Hampton, New Hampshire. Five days after his graduation, he was inducted into the Army at Fort Devens and served until 1945. He returned to Massachusetts in 1946 to attend Harvard University. In 1952, he was recalled to service in the Army and served during the Korean Conflict. After discharge he joined his family's painting contractor business in Boston and left in 1956 to become a trainee with the Insurance Company of North America. In 1970, his company and two others merged to create Volunteer Insurance Agency. In 1976, he formed H. Russell Perry Insurance Advisor, Inc. and worked as a risk management consultant until his retirement in 1998.

He was a member of the Corinthian Lodge in Concord and the Four Thousand Footers of the Appalachian Mountain Club (he climbed all 48 of the 4,000-foot mountains in New England). In his retirement, he enjoyed gardening, walking and reading.

He is survived by his wife Sabrina Elsie Perry; his children, Sarah L. Perry of Woburn, Weston Frederika Perry of Cambridge, Victoria Perry of Reading, and Jay H. Perry of Milford; two sisters, Jean Perry Thompson of North Hill, Needham and Margaret Perry Lane of Chelmsford; and many nieces and nephews.

A brief graveside service was held at Green Cemetery in Carlisle on Saturday, February 21 at 2 p.m. followed by a memorial gathering and reception in Swanson Fellowship Hall at the Carlisle Congregational Church. The town flag was flown at half-mast in honor of his military service. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be sent to the Carlisle Garden Club, P. O. Box 231, Carlisle, MA 01741-0231, to develop and enhance the park between Daisys' garage and the house at 46 Lowell Street, where the Perrys first lived when they moved to Carlisle.


Courtney Gannon weds Troy Elliott

On July 5, 2003, Courtney Ann Gannon, daughter of Mary Gannon of Westford and John Gannon of Exeter, New Hampshire (all formerly of Hickory Lane), married Robert Troy Elliott, son of Robert and Mary Elliott of Milan, Michigan. The wedding was held outdoors at an inn surrounded by the Wasatch Mountains in Midway, Utah. A close friend of the couple presided over the civil ceremony, and many Carlisle faces were present. Courtney's maids of honor were her sister, Kelly Gannon, and her dear friends Anush Yousefian (formerly of Carlisle), Sarah Osgood and Mila Rosenfeld Lonetto (both formerly of Concord). The couple's dog, Jasmine, served as ringbearer.

Courtney graduated from Concord-Carlisle High School in 1992 and earned her Bachelor of Arts in English and German from Colgate University in 1996. She has lived in Utah since 1996 and now works for Snow Lion Expeditions in Salt Lake City, an adventure travel company specializing in Asia and the Himalayas. Troy is a 1992 graduate of Michigan State University, and owns a contracting business in Park City, Utah, where the couple resides.

Courtney and Troy spent a few days relaxing in Wyoming's Wind River Mountains after the wedding, and took an extended honeymoon in Southeast Asia in November. They would like to thank all the Carlisle friends and neighbors who traveled to Utah for the wedding celebration.


Isaac Paul Wathieu

Marie-Anne and Luc Wathieu of North Road, and their children Donald, Henri, Natacha, Charles, Lancelot, Jack, Adam and Jules, are thrilled to announce the birth of Isaac Paul Wathieu. Isaac was born on February 10 at Brigham and Women's Hospital in Boston.

To the leapyearlings, happy birthday

The Mosquito sends a special birthday greeting to five Carlisle residents who will be celebrating their birthdays on Sunday, February 29. Yes, these are the folks who have to wait around for a year with 366 days before they can have an authentic birthday celebration. Using the Georgian calendar, that means a birthday party every four years.

So it's hats off to the leapyearlings — Christopher Black of Heald Road, celebrating his seventh birthday; Leah Gessner of Long Ridge Road, her fifteenth; Paul Medrek of Nowell Farm Road, his eleventh; Erica Ryu of Indian Hill, her second; and Richard Sibley of Cross Street, his tenth.

Thanks to the hospitality of Tom and Janot Ruggles of Concord, Carlisle's birthday folk have been invited along with Concord leapyearlings to an afternoon tea party in their honor. Tom Ruggles, a leapyearling himself celebrating his eighteenth birthday, is well known in Concord as the town troubadour who, as he says, "will sing at the drop of a banjo string." Many have heard him perform with the Dixieland Jazz Band, the Yankee Stompers, String Things, and also sing in various barbershop quartets.

As Ruggles looks ahead to Sunday, he muses, "These special folk will be easy to recognize on that day as the citizenry of Concord/Carlisle will notice them leaping around something fierce."

First-time writer/director Gabrielle Savage Dockterman of Russell Street recently completed principal photography of "The Woodcutter," a full-length feature film starring Danny Glover, Ron Perlman, Linda Hamilton and David Strathairn. Contributing to the project as screenwriter was Nancy L. Babine of Oak Knoll Road. The movie, which was filmed primarily in Vancouver, is a contemporary drama about a Vietnam veteran who is living as a hermit in the Pacific Northwest when a former member of his platoon appears and then disappears, leaving his young Amerasian daughter in the care of the main character. Dockterman's previous credits include numerous interactive media projects for the Smithsonian Institution, the National Science Foundation, and the U.S. Department of Education. Her Carlisle-based production company is called Angel Devil Productions. The film is currently in the editing stages and is expected to premiere later this year.

Mark Duffy (Photo by Lois d'Annunzio)

Dairy farmer Mark Duffy of North Road was elected Secretary of Agri-Mark at the January meeting of the organization's Board of Directors.

Agri-Mark, with more than $600 million in sales last year, is the premier dairy farmer cooperative serving the Northeast with more than 1,400 farmer-members. Duffy has been a member of the cooperative's Board of Directors since 1994. He is active in milk promotion, currently serving as president of the region's largest farmer-funded dairy promotion group.

Duffy farms with his wife Tamma on their 975-acre state-owned family farm (Great Brook Farm State Park) and they also run an active cranberry operation and ice cream stand as well. The family has been marketing milk through Agri-Mark and its predecessor cooperatives for the past 24 years.

Agri-Mark Secretary Mark Duffy is among the 17 dairy farmers elected by local members in their areas to serve on the cooperative's Board of Directors. The co-op markets more than 300 million gallons of milk annually for its farmer-owners, amounting to a truckload of milk every ten minutes, 365 days a year.

Jonathan and Allison Beakley welcomed over forty friends and neighbors to their home on West Street, on February 7 for an evening of wine- tasting in support of Doug Stevenson, candidate for State Representative. Stevenson is a seven-year member of the Carlisle Board of Selectmen.

2004 The Carlisle Mosquito