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Ray Perrin, a 19-year veteran carrier of The Westerly Sun, sits in the distribution room at The Sun. ( Jill Connor / The Westerly Sun ) Ray Perrin, a 19-year veteran carrier of The Westerly Sun, sits in the distribution room at The Sun. ( Jill Connor / The Westerly Sun ) Ray Perrin, a 19-year veteran carrier of The Westerly Sun, sits in the distribution room at The Sun. ( Jill Connor / The Westerly Sun )

In The Easy Chair: Raymond Perrin


AGE 78

OCCUPATION A Westerly Sun newspaper carrier.

RESIDENCE Pawcatuck.

RIGHT NOW I’M IN THE MIDDLE OF Organizing memories of the 1938 Hurricane.

BORN, RAISED & GREW UP IN Westerly-Pawcatuck.

FAVORITE WAY TO SPEND MY TIME Working on puzzles and reading.

PROUDEST ACCOMPLISHMENT Being the oldest Sun newspaper carrier, a job I’ve had for 20 years.

WHAT I’D LIKE TO BE REMEMBERED FOR Working as a crossing guard for 22 years and volunteering at the Edythe K. Richmond Community Building.

ON MY BUCKET LIST Travel — revisiting the places I’ve been to before.

ALWAYS IN MY POCKET Keys, cellphone.

WHAT I WANTED TO BE WHEN I GREW UP A history teacher.

PERSON OR EXPERIENCE THAT HAS INFLUENCED ME THE MOST My uncle, Everett Perrin. He is very well-known in church and with band history.

FAVORITE AUTHOR Bill Stanley of Norwich.

LAST BOOK READ “Killing Lincoln.”

FAVORITE SONG “I Love You Because.” It was our wedding song. I sang it to my late wife, Doris on our wedding day.

FAVORITE MOVIE “The Bridges of Madison County.”

FAVORITE TV SHOW Anything on the Hallmark Channel.

FAVORITE PET Barney, the love bird.

FAVORITE MEAL Chicken.

AMOUNT OF TIME I SPEND A DAY ON FACEBOOK None.

TRAITS I MOST ADMIRE Loyalty and honesty.

PET PEEVE When people say “I can’t.”

FAVORITE QUOTATION “If I could bring a little sunshine, it is worth the while.”

MY FAVORITE THING ABOUT OUR LITTLE CORNER OF THE WORLD Wilcox Park and downtown Westerly.

CAN’T LIVE WITHOUT Family and friends.

LITTLE KNOWN FACT ABOUT ME I am a direct descendant to the early settlers of Stonington — the Stantons, Palmers, Wilcoxes and Denisons — and a Mayflower descendant.

BEST ADVICE I EVER RECEIVED “Look in the mirror to see who’s standing behind you,” from my dad.

ADVICE I BEST LIKE TO GIVE Don’t tell a man to stop working.

IF I RULED THE WORLD I WOULD I would not want to do it. It’s not for me.

IF I WON THE LOTTERY, THE FIRST THING I WOULD DO IS Help my family and schools and churches and my neighborhood.

I DRIVE A I don’t drive anymore.

I WISH I DROVE A Tan/gold 2009 Toyota

ALWAYS IN MY FRIDGE Tonic water.

IF I COULD HAVE DINNER AND A CONVERSATION WITH ANYONE IN THE WORLD I WOULD CHOOSE My grandmother, Grace Lawton Perrin, who died in the ’38 hurricane.

— Interview conducted and edited by Nancy Burns-Fusaro.



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