UPDATED: Seabrook state Rep. Amy Perkins, 43, dies after battling cancer
SEABROOK— Family, friends and colleagues are mourning the death of state Rep. Amy Perkins, who lost her battle with brain cancer Monday morning.
She was 43.
Elected to the House in 2008, Perkins was a District 20 Republican state representative from Seabrook who served with her husband, state Rep. Lawrence “Koko” Perkins.
In a prepared statement, Gov. Maggie Hassan offered her condolences to the Perkins family.
“Tom and I are deeply saddened by the loss of Representative Amy Perkins. It was an honor to serve with Representative Perkins in the Legislature, where she was a dedicated advocate on behalf of the Seabrook community and ably served the people of New Hampshire. Our thoughts and prayers are with Amy’s husband, Koko, her family and her loved ones. She will be greatly missed,” Hassan said.
Her death was also mourned at the Seabrook Fire Department, where her husband is deputy fire chief.
“She was a very giving person. She was just a truly fine person. She was energetic. She was always willing to help anybody with anything,” Fire Chief Everett Strangman said.
The death hit close to home for members of the department, Strangman said, adding that the firefighters and staff will be there to help the family “in every way we can.”
As state representative, Perkins served on the House Legislative Administration Committee.
State Sen. Nancy Stiles, R-Hampton, worked with Perkins on legislative issues when she was a state representative and later when Stiles joined the Senate.
“It’s such a sad situation. She really has fought a tough fight. She was a dynamic lady, and she was really committed to her constituents,” Stiles said.
Perkins still made an effort to attend sessions when she was able even after her diagnosis.
“She always felt that she was still representing the people. Whenever she could physically do it, she was there,” Stiles said.
House Speaker Terie Norelli, D-Portsmouth, recalled when Perkins was diagnosed with cancer while running for office.
“When she was first diagnosed with a cancerous brain tumor in the fall of 2012, she and her husband, Koko, were in the midst of running for another term in the House. After winning reelection, Amy bravely made efforts to attend House sessions from time to time, and it was always wonderful to see her. It was a long and courageous battle — one waged with the endless love and support of Koko, their family and friends. Our hearts and prayers go out to all of them at this difficult time,” Norelli said in an email to House members.
While those who knew Perkins were aware that her health was failing, Stiles said learning of her death is still difficult.
“It was something that you anticipated,” she said, “but when you hear that, it’s always a shock to you.”
Calling hours for Perkins will be held Wednesday from 2 to 4 p.m. and 6 to 8 p.m. at Remick & Gendron Funeral Home, 811 Lafayette Road in Hampton. A funeral is planned for Thursday at 11 a.m. at the Rand Memorial Congregational Church, 134 S.Main St. in Seabrook. A burial will follow at the Wildwood Cemetery next to the church.