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Dunbarton man known for humanitarian work dies after mountain bike crash

  • Raymond Sumner Perry, Jr., riding his bike on Mount Washington. Perry died after suffering injuries in an Oct. 27 biking crash in Dorchester. —Courtesy



Monitor staff
Friday, November 02, 2018

A Dunbarton man known for his work with human rights died after a mountain biking accident in Dorchester.

Raymond “Ry” Sumner Perry, Jr., 67, was biking the Green Woodlands trails close to the Vermont border with a friend last Saturday when he crashed his bike two miles away from the trailhead, a spokesperson for New Hampshire Fish and Game said.

Multiple local emergency services responded and transported him to Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Hospital by Warren-Wentworth Ambulance. He later died from his injuries.

An avid cyclist, Perry regularly competed in races, including Mount Washington Hill Climb, 24 Hours of Great Glen and Crank the Kanc. His love affair with cycling started with much smaller distances, however; as a “grad student without a reliable car,” he used to ride his bike to Franklin Pierce Law School in Concord, according to his obituary.

Perry was known in the community for his dedication to human rights. He was the first person to receive the “HR Hero” Award from the Human Resources Community of New Hampshire, an award given to someone who “takes pride in advancing the HR profession and devotes valuable time to volunteering in their community,” according to the website.

He has also been recognized by the Granite State Independent Living Foundation for his work with individuals with disabilities.

“Ry made his way through the world with modesty and a fearless commitment to equality and justice,” his obit reads. “He honored the humanity in each of us and worked tirelessly on behalf of those who needed a voice.”

His past experience included time as the executive director for the New Hampshire Commission for Human Rights; the director of client and legal services at the behavioral health division of the state Department of Health and Human Services, and time at the law firm Sheehan Phinney Bass & Green.

Perry is survived by his sister, Kathryn Firczuk of Durham and his son, Christopher Perry of Concord, and partner Judy Caron.

Those who knew Perry are invited to remember him during a gathering at Water’s Funeral Home from 4 to 6 p.m. Friday.