Percy Ross Sperry

Passed 09/16/2023


Obituary For Percy Ross Sperry

With a heavy heart and profound sadness, we announce the passing of our beloved father, Percy Ross Sperry, age 92 of Port Wallace, Nova Scotia. He passed away peacefully at the Dartmouth General Hospital on Saturday September 16, 2023. Born in LaHave, NS. Percy was the son of the late Lillian (Bell) Sperry and the late Hector Sperry who resided in the South Shore community of Nova Scotia.

In the early years of his career, Percy worked for the Imperial Oil (Marine Division). Percy also had a successful long-time career with NS Power. He was a member of the Bridgewater - Royal Canadian Legion and a proud member of his chosen political party. He took a vested interest in community, provincial and federal politics.

Percy was a loving, nurturing father and husband to his family and all who had the pleasure of knowing him. He cherished his three children, Laurie, Michelle and Elizabeth along with his two granddaughters, Chantel and Alessandra.

Percy was often known as a jovial character and jokester. He was an avid Montreal Canadians fan. He used to enjoy taking his son, Laurie to hockey and watching the games together and often took a special interest in Laurie’s neighbourhood friends, kidding around with them. He loved laughter and playing his lively country music as well as hosting family and friends at their home and cottage. You could always drop by for some home cooking, compliments of Percy, such as his big pot of chili, and seafood chowder as he was considered by many who knew him as a superior cook. He enjoyed entertaining and always welcomed company. He provided much unconditional love to his two daughters, Michelle and Elizabeth with the hopes of the two of them having moments of joy even when they might have messed up.

When visiting his cottage, he would often take drives with his granddaughters to Stewie's Country Store to pick up the daily newspaper. He often stayed attuned with current affairs, politics and loved to banter with his friends, in addition to sharing special treats with his granddaughters.

He enjoyed daily boat cruises on the lake, often accompanied by his wife, Dawn, son, Laurie, daughters, Michelle and Elizabeth, granddaughters and cottage friends, plus his golden retrievers Nikki and Nikita and lastly his golden cocker spaniel, Bailey. He always wanted the best for his children and grandchildren. He was very proud of his athletic granddaughter, Alessandra and often “live-streamed” her Varsity volleyball games. A special memory was when her team brought the bronze medal back to Dalhousie University in 2023. Percy was such a proud Granddad! He was quite competitive and possibly could be considered jokingly, a “card shark” and often a highlight of his night would be a game of cards with Joe and friends and much to the astonishment of all, he would often win the hand!

Percy enjoyed travel and his special times to Florida with his wife, Dawn and close friends to become snowbirds upon his retirement. Percy always was dressed to the “nines” often wearing a suit and tie when he went out to gatherings with family and friends.

Percy was known for his love of family and pets including frequent visits with “Bean”, his sweet (grand) fur baby, goldendoodle during the last stages of his life. Lest not forget Coco, as the family cat held a special place in his heart too.

The last few years he lived with his caregivers, Joe and Margaret Patterson in the community of Montebello where he was provided with TLC and a special quality of life. This afforded Percy the pleasure of seeing his family and friends on a regular basis. Percy enjoyed the last celebratory milestones such as his 92nd birthday and Father’s Day. He was an avid sports fan and enjoyed being a spectator at such games as baseball, professional boxing, curling and often engaged in a competitive game of croquet at the cottage with his wife, good friend Fritz, his children, Laurie, Michelle, Elizabeth, and granddaughters.

Percy showed much resiliency during these last few years and sadly this time he was called upon by the Lord to offer him peace, tranquility and reunite with his beloved wife.

He is predeceased by his wife Dawn (Wile) Sperry and survived by his beloved children, son Laurie Scott (Maria), daughters Michelle (Byron) and Elizabeth (Harry), and his cherished granddaughters, Chantel Goulet and Alessandra Nadalini.

Percy was predeceased by his seven siblings - Belle, Shirley, Marina, Hector (a.k.a. Junior) Frederick, Paul; Robert and Hector Lorraine. Percy was very fond of his brother in-laws and in particular, Wilfrid and Teddy Wile and shared a close bond with his brother, Junior. Amazingly, Percy was the last one standing and it appears he inherited the family genes of his mother, Lillian who passed at 103 years young. He is survived by his nieces, nephews, cousins, and close friends. Many thanks to Joe and Margaret Patterson and niece Krista, Ian and family for their love and support. Lest not forget his best friend and long-time confidant, Alton Wareham as they shared much laughter and fun times together. He valued close friendships both past and present with Byron, Harry, Neil, Barry, Glen, Fred, Max, Raymond and Lee.

A special thank you to the staff at the 3-West and very compassionate physician, Dr. Preston who oversaw Percy’s care with his courageous battle. Special thanks to be provided to his respite workers, Louise Caza and Northwood Home Care Limited - personal care workers.

Percy will be deeply missed by all who had the privilege to know him. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Chelsea United Baptist Church, SPCA, Elder Dog or please pay it forward to a person in need. Online condolences may be sent to the family by visiting

Percy will be brought home to his resting place on the South Shore where there will be a celebration of his life in the Chelsea United Baptist Church, 2026 Highway 210, Chelsea, NS. The church service will commence on Sept 23rd at 2:00 pm for his family and friends. Reception to follow the burial service at the Chelsea Maple Grove Cemetery.

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  • 10/09/2023

    Very saddened that Percy has passed on, as he was a very kind person who made a lot of people laugh. Percy always treated me like family, and was like a second Grandfather to me considering how nice and welcoming he was whenever Alessandra and I would go to the cottage or visit him and Dawn at their house. He was a very good card player, and even in teams Alessandra and I struggled to beat him; lot's of fun memories playing auction for hours on end or late into the night. Though Percy will forever be missed, may he be reunited with Dawn and Bailey, and rest in peace. -Emma Casey

  • 09/28/2023

    My time with Percy was very special as we enjoyed lots of games of 45s and visits with sweet "Bean" who loved to climb up on his chair for cuddles. Percy always kept me up to date on the daily news and what was happening in the world. We had many a chuckle over playing cards and our daily conversations over last summer. You will be greatly missed, Percy.

  • 09/23/2023

    Percy possessed a wealth of charisma and an abundance of joviality. I fondly recall my father's poker gatherings, where Percy consistently relieved everyone of their earnings. "That fellow sure knows how to play poker," my Dad would often remark. Even now, I safeguard the recipe and maintain a jar in my kitchen labeled "Percy's Pickled Eggs." We offer our sincerest condolences to Laurie, Michelle and Elizabeth. Ian, Darren and Brenda Horne (Romans)

  • 09/22/2023

    laurie michelle and eizabth iam saddened and sorry for your loss your dad was very kind great sense of humor mom and dad loved the visits and card games with your folks camping trips codolences from mike mccully

  • 09/22/2023

    What a lovely obituary , I have many fond memories of Percy . He was always such a character . My condolences to all of you . Janice MacDonald

  • 09/22/2023

    Our condolences Laurie, can see that your Father had much happiness and many blessings. Odette.

  • 09/22/2023

    Uncle Percy was a library of fond childhood memories. I will always treasure the spirit you showed us all, the political and sporting conversations that we had. I'll say it for you Percy " Joe who? Joe Prime Minister, that's who!" You will be sadly missed. Our condolences to Laurie, Michelle, Elizabeth, and all of the family. Jamie, Laurinda, and Sam

  • 09/21/2023

    Percy and Dawn were great neighbours and friends to my parents growing up. They had a lot of laughs and good times together over the past 50 years on opposite corners of Lethbridge and Waverley Road. I guess they are all together again having another party! My condolences to Michelle, Elizabeth and Laurie. Derek

  • 09/21/2023

    While I never had the opportunity to meet Mr. Sperry, I heard so many lovely things about him from Elizabeth and Harry. Losing such a force of kindness and goodness is hard loss and will be felt keenly to all those he left behind. Our deepest, heartfelt sympathies are with you Elizabeth (and family). Aunt Lily, Linda, Devin, Seth, and Kyan. (Winnipeg, MB)

  • 09/21/2023

    I am so sorry for your loss He had a special place in my heart So many funny stories ie the salmon And laughs Hugs to you all

  • 09/21/2023

    I worked at the Water St. Plant with Percy, back in the '70's. I am sorry to hear of his passing. He was a true Conservative when it came to politics and when Joe Clark lost to Pierre Trudeau after 6 months in power, we used to torment Perry by calling him 'Joe Who?' He always laughed along with us. He was also a good story teller. It warms my heart to know that Percy and Gerald Webb will be swapping stories in heaven. Dale Cooper

  • 09/21/2023

    What a lovely obituary! You have summed up just about every piece of his life and he would have a big ole smile on his face reading this. He was an amazing father, and a great uncle, we had so many good times over the years. He will be missed greatly. I am so sorry for this huge loss to my cousins Laurie, Michelle and Elizabeth. Krista

  • 09/21/2023

    I am so sorry to hear of Percy's passing. I am very glad to have gotton to know Percy this past year and spend time with him. You will be truly missed Percy. Your friend Louise Caza

  • 09/21/2023

    Sorry to hear Percey passing he lived a long happy life with his family close by. I would like to offer my sincere condolences. Didn't get over to see Percy the past few years, did think about him. Fred


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