Industry leader celebrated for commitment to service

January 14, 2021 By    

Thomas Everett “Tuck” Perkins – father of Propane Education & Research Council President and CEO Tucker Perkins – died at his home on Dec. 8, 2020, at the age of 95.

Headshot: Tuck Perkins

Tuck Perkins

Born in Chesterfield County, Virginia, in 1925, Tuck Perkins lived in Chesterfield his entire life, attending Manchester High School and working on the family farm.

He served in the U.S. Navy and Navy Reserve from 1943-53 and graduated from Tulane University with a degree in mechanical engineering.

He devoted his entire career to Commonwealth Propane, retiring as president in 1990. His work was nationally recognized for his contributions to technical codes and safety training. He was a prominent member of the National Propane Gas Association, serving on the board and the Technology, Standards & Safety Committee.

He was also dedicated to his community. He served on numerous civic boards, helped to found a local YMCA, established community organizations and was an active member of Branch’s Baptist Church for more than 93 years.

He had many hobbies, including working on the family farm, visiting the family cottage on Chesapeake Bay, fishing, hunting and playing the harmonica.

Donations in Perkins’ memory can be made to Branch’s Baptist Church, 3400 Broad Rock Blvd., Richmond, VA 23234 or Good Samaritan Ministries, 2307 Hull St., Richmond, VA 23234. His full obituary can be found here.

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