Frederick Perry Obituary, Death – Frederick S. Perry, 55, of Somerset, Massachusetts, died at home on November 12, 2022, from appendiceal cancer. He had been fighting the disease for nine months. After graduating from Voorhees High School in Glen Gardener, New Jersey, Fred earned a Bachelor of Landscape Architecture degree from the University of Rhode Island. He was a member of the International Society of Arboriculture (ISA), the Rhode Island Arborist Association (RIAA), and the Rhode Island Horticulturist Association, among others.

Fred had been the Director of Horticulture at the Blithewold Mansion, Gardens, and Arboretum in Bristol, Rhode Island, for the previous 21 years. Prior to that, he worked at Tranquil Lake Nursery, Sylvan Nursery, and Orchard Acres Land Creations, all of which he thoroughly enjoyed. He is a member of the International Society of Arboriculture, has served as Past President of the New England Chapter of the ISA, is a member of the Horticultural Club of Boston, and is on the Horticulture Committee of Tower Hill Botanic Garden.

Fred is survived by his devoted wife of thirty years, Kelly M. Perry, and his two cherished children, Eric M. Perry and Alison M. Perry, all of whom live in Somerset, Massachusetts. He was the beloved son of Helen J. Perry and the late Warren B. Perry of Washington, New Jersey. He is also survived by a brother named James W. Perry, who lives in Weyers Cave, Virginia. The magnitude of the void left by Fred’s radiant grin, formidable strength, unwavering devotion, extensive knowledge, masterful creativity, and landscape artistry cannot be overstated.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions in honor of Frederick S. Perry can be made to the Massachusetts General Hospital Cancer Center to support gastrointestinal cancer research. Donations can be made online at To complete your donation, please select “How to Give” and then “Make a Tribute Gift” from the drop-down menu. OR send checks to Bell Camelo at the MGH Development Office, 125 Nashua Street, Suite 540, Boston, Massachusetts 02114. Make checks payable to the MGH Cancer Center. On Saturday, December 3, 2022, at 10:00 a.m., a memorial service will be held in the Historic Chapel at Swan Point Cemetery in Providence, Rhode Island.