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Daniel R. Perkins

Born June 2, 1958

Daniel R. Perkins, age 58, of Bear, DE and a lifelong resident of Delaware, passed away peacefully on Saturday, February 4, 2017, surrounded by his family.

Born on June 2, 1958 in Wilmington, DE, he was a son of the late Rowan P. Perkins, II and Miriam (Montgomery) Perkins.

For the past eleven years Dan worked as a store manager with Giant Foods in Kennett Square, PA.

In his earlier years, he was very active in sports, especially softball and basketball. He will always be remembered for his love of golf, passion for visiting the beach and playing sports with his sons and grandson. Dan was a family man, who loved having a good time with his family and friends. During his lifetime he made many friends and enjoyed leaving each of them with a smile on their face and touching their lives in a positive manner. Dan had a gracious soul and will be dearly missed by many.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a brother, Victor Perkins. He is survived by the love of his life, his wife of 33 years, Joyce M. (Murphy) Perkins; sons, Daniel R.M. Perkins (fianceé, Courtney Kelly) and Bryan J.M. Perkins (girlfriend, Lauren Albanese); brothers, Rowan M. Perkins (Chris) and Eric C. Perkins (Maura); sisters, Carol L. Landis (Bryan), Katherine P. Lafferty (Joseph); Patricia P. Waldorf (Steven) and Shelley N.M. Foster (Donald); and the apple of his eye, his grandson, Ryan M. Perkins, as well as by many nieces and nephews.

A visitation will be held on Thursday morning, February 9, 2017 from 9:30 am “ 11 am at the First Presbyterian Church of Newark, 292 West Main Street, Newark, DE, where funeral services will be held beginning at 11 am. Interment will follow at Gracelawn Memorial Park, 2220 N. DuPont Parkway, New Castle, DE.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the American Heart Association, 200 Continental Drive, Suite 101, Newark, DE 19713.


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46 Condolences for Daniel R. Perkins

  • Dan was good friend and colleague and will be truly missed. Thoughts and Prayers go out to his family!

  • Dear Joyce and the wonderful young men
    You and Dan raised, I think about all those times we shared with the great fondness. May god bless you all during this extremely difficult time. Debi and family!

  • Love and prayers to Joyce, Daniel, Bryan, Ryan and to his many brothers and sisters. He will be missed so much by all his family and friends.

  • So sorry for your family’s loss. Your father will be missed he touched every one he came into contact with .. With love i send my condolences and prayers to you and your family..

  • sending all my perkins cousins prayers and condolences from my family here in germany. i remember most about danny that he had a great sense of humor, a big big smile for everybody, and a gentle nature, full of energy, and kind eyes, that twinkled when he laughed.

    i am really sorry for your loss, and wish his family peace of mind and comfort for their hearts. he was simply a great guy. i haven’t seen him for years, but he left a wonderful impression on me, lasting my whole life. julie spencer, danny’s cousin, daughter of his aunt arlene, on his mom’s side of the family.

  • To my Perkins family,
    I’m so sorry to hear about Danny..I too Julie, remember the twinkle in his eye especially when he was being sneaky!! I spent a week in the summer of 1976 with Aunt Miriam and Uncle Perk.. Heather..Kathy and Joe’s daughter was there as well..She was a couple years younger and just had tubes BN out in her ears. Aunt Miriam lived across the street from a pool..Danny took me and Heather there and we played for hours…Then with a twinkle in his eye he started making the jaws sound and Heather ran outta the pool and ran to her Grandmother’s.. Danny proceeded to throw, launch,and pitch me around the pool!! Sorry Heather but I wanted to get my hair wet!!
    Deb Montgomery Forbes, daughter of Danny’s Uncle Bud

  • Joyce, we are so very sorry for your loss! You are in our thoughts and prayers!

  • So terribly sorry for your loss, we will miss him so much…he loved all of you so very much, and was such and amazing father, friend and grandfather. God bless to all, and know that he is in Heaven watching over us all. Love, Julie, Johnny and Ellie Lyons

  • So sorry for your loss. Dan was such a gentle soul gone too soon. May God comfort you thru this tough time.

  • I am very saddened by the news of Dan passing away. I worked with Dan in the mid 90’s at the Westtown Acme. He always made me laugh and treated all of us with great respect. At a loss for words, prayers coming your way!

  • Dearest Shelley & Family
    We are so saddened to hear about your loss. We only hope you will be able to find comfort in knowing you are surrounded by love from family and friends and that Danny is resting peacefully. We love you all.
    Jay, Lanie & Preshy

  • Danny was a truly amazing man. He was such an inspiration to everyone who met him, and his presence made everyone feel so happy. He made everyone laugh and smile with his positive disposition and quick humor. Since I began dating his nephew in 2012, he’s been nothing but welcoming, warm, and loving to me. Danny made everyone feel at home, and I’m going to miss him so much. Wishing so much love to all of the family.

  • To my dear cousin Danny’s family, So sorry to hear of Danny’s passing. I remember flying out with our Grandmother to visit once. Danny, Shelley and I had a pretty good time! Danny always made you laugh. He will be forever in our hearts. Love, Barb , daughter of Uncle Bud and Aunt Joyce.

  • My thoughts and prayers to the Perkins Family.

  • Dan was a high school friend. He always had a smile and was kind to everyone. I pray that God’s peace and sweet memories will bring comfort to his family and all who loved him.

  • Dan will truly be missed. A great guy who had plenty of love for family and friends. He was an awesome teammate and critical member of the Bandits success.

  • We played ball at grandmothers I’m sorry my heart goes out love u all

  • So very sorry for your loss of Dan. He was a very caring person, my husband and I both worked with him at Acme.
    Your family is in my thoughts and prayers.

  • Joyce & family,
    So sorry to hear of Dan’s passing. I worked with him at Burger King way back when.I remember he was always smiling. Its been years since I’ve seen him, I think he was still at the Acme.
    You all are in my thoughts and prayer’s.

  • I went to Junior high and Newark High School with Dan. We were in band together. He was always a kind and positive person. My thoughts and prayers go out to his family.

  • Dear Joyce and family.Im so very sorry to hear the passing of Dan.I have many fond memories which go way back to our Burger King days,softball games and Birthday party’s .My prayers are with you and the family.Dan was a good man and will be missed.

  • Joyce and Family

    So sorry to hear about Dan, God bless .

    Joe /Maria

  • Dear Joyce and Family,

    I am so sorry for your great loss. I will keep all of you in my prayers.

    Rest in peace, Dan.

  • Joyce – my sincere condolences to you and to your entire family in this moment of grief. I’ll pray that our Lord welcome him into his eternal loving embrace.


  • Joyce, Daniel, and Bryan, just wanted to say we are truly going to miss “Big Dan”. He was a great partner for karaoke, and always had a new joke ready to share. We had some great times, he was a great guy, and we are very sorry for your loss.

  • Dan was an absolute pleasure to meet and care for during his time at our hospital. He was always vibrant and pleasant, never rude and always thankful for the care he received. We spent many nights joking, looking at his fanily photos and him telling me there’s a lot to learn from an old man, then discussing the ins and outs if the Scottish games! I am so sorry to your family and friends for your loss. Please accept condolences on my behalf and the rest of the H&V ICU nurses. May he rest peacefully until we may meet again. Acts 24:15

  • I am so saddened to hear this news about Dan! He was my first manager with Giant in East Marlborough. He was a very kind and understanding person. My thoughts and prayers are with your family. RIP Dan.

  • My condolences to your family. I had the pleasure of working for Dan in Kennett and true to his beautiful obituary he was definitely good at spreading laughs and smiles. He will be missed!!!

  • I am so very sorry to hear of Dan’s passing. We were classmates in high school and I will always remember Dan as a very kind gentle soul with a big smile to match his big stature. Prayers and healing thoughts to the family

  • My best friend ever! So sad..

  • This morning, our 93 year old mother, Mary, expressed great sadness at the loss of Dan. She said, ‘Our whole family thought so much of Dan and the wonderful relationship he had with our whole family…He was a special friend of Greg as well as many others growing up in Nottingham Green.
    Dan ‘s positive manner always brought a smile to those around him.
    Jill remembers his young son, Dan, who would always be thrilled when he knew his dad was going to visit him in his kindergarten classroom on special event days.
    The McIntosh Family

  • Dan, Joyce and their family have been long times friends of my family. We enjoyed many nights out, vacations, UD Blue Hen Tailgates, and Thanksgiving Day football games with them. Dan was a quality man, always putting family first, and friends next. He had fun in everything he did. Not many have the qualities he had, and so he will be dearly missed. I am honored to have been called “friend” by Dan, and it is my honor to have called him “friend.”

  • Joyce, so sorry for your loss, my thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.

  • Dan always had a kind smile and warm heart for everyone. I’ve been praying for him and I’ll continue to pray for family and friends… until we meet again, sweet gentle “giant” friend.

  • To the Perkins and Murphy Families,

    My sincere sympathies for the loss of your husband, father, son. Dan was a good man and I’m sure will be deeply missed. We will keep you in our prayers.

    Mike and Krissy Moye and family

  • Dear Joyce my condolences to you and your family know dan since school and we worked together at Burger King and both work at grocery stores now dan never forgot a face and when we would see him it was like no time had passed his kindness and respect was incomparable my daughter went to school with your son Daniel and we are so happy we met him may god bless you all and in time you will see dan watching over you from heaven and help you find ways to comfort you we are truly sorry and will miss him dearly and to dan thanks buddy for being my friend

  • Dear Mrs. Perkins I’m so sorry for the lose of your dear husband Dan.I have worked with Dan many years and he was A VERY kind and always a gentleman and a hard worker.I worked at Acme Markets My Husband Danny also liked Dan. Bless your Family and know we will say prayers for you all.

    with my heartfelt thoughts Dee Burkhart

  • Joyce & family
    So sorry for your loss. Dan and I worked together at Burger King for many years, he was such a great guy. I remember Dan always smiling and he seemed to be able to find the positive in everything.
    Wishing you God’s peace.

  • Dear Mrs Perkins and Family,
    I worked with Dan at Burger King years ago on the lunch crew. I remember one Valentine’s Day he gave all the ladies a single rose. He was such a gentle soul.
    My prayes go out to you and your family.

  • So so sorry for your loss. Dan was a great guy and team mate. What a true loss

  • My condolences to the family. Dan was a good friend and I have fond memories of the fun and sometimes crazy times we had together in our youth. I was very sad to hear of his passing. You, and he, will be in my thoughts and my prayers.

  • i miss him soo much ):

  • To the Perkins Family,
    I am so very sorry to hear of the passing of Dan.We went to high school together. I always will remember his kindness to all and the big smile he had for everyone. Many years later when he was working at the Acme in Bear, he hired me to work in the deli. I was having some family problems and he was so kind and understanding.Dan always had that smile and kind words to try to lift my spirits and try to put a smile on my face! Over the years I have thought of him often. His kindness and compassion for people always sticks out when I think of him. He was a kind soul.
    Please accept my sympathy and know that he touched so many people with his kindness. I am sure Heaven has a new angel with Dan. Once again so very sorry for all of your loss.I just recently lost my son actually just a few days after Dan’s passing, the pain does not go away but just try to remember all the laughter and the good times. He will be dearly missed by all that knew him

  • Thank you for your kind words. Sorry for the loss of your son.

  • Thank you for your kind words. Sorry for the loss of your son.

  • Sending our deepest sympathy and condolences to your family. We are very sorry for your loss. May the God of all comfort strengthen you to cope and endure this difficult time.