Dozens say goodbye to fisherman who died in a boating accident

Adam Perry, Sr. went missing when the boat his was on capsized. (Family Photo)

NARRAGANSETT (WPRI) – Dozens say goodbye to a husband and father who died in a boating accident near Little Compton.

A memorial was held Sunday morning at Fisherman’s Memorial in Narragansett for 51 year old Adam Perry, Sr. who was went missing October 2nd when the boat he was in capsized. His body washed ashore in Little Compton on Friday. After weeks of searching for Perry, his family says they are glad to have his body back home. His daughter Robyn Smith says, “We’re more at peace now, because we have him. We actually have him.”

A loved one described Adam Perry, Sr. as the rock of his family. Manuel Perry spoke about his brother at the memorial saying, “For me, it wasn’t just my brother, I lost a best friend.”

Perry was one of three fisherman lost in the waters off Sakonnet Point in early October, the other two men were found alive hours later.

Since Perry went missing, donations came streaming in to fund the search efforts. The family’s page has eclipsed more than $11,000. Adam Perry, Jr. says the family appreciates the support they’ve received. “This is more valuable than a dollar … the love and then the people coming out and showing their love. If you wanna calculate the money, we’re millionaires with the amount of love we got.”

The family says Perry will be cremated and his ashes will be spread in the sea, a place they call his second home.

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