Robert Streeter Perry passed away surrounded and supported by the love of family and friends at his home in Keene, NH, on Friday, April 7, 2023, at the age of 84.
Bob was born at Eliot Community Hospital in Keene on March 31, 1939, the son and second child of Charles W. and Charlotte E. (Bedaw) Perry. He attended Fuller, Tilden, Central Junior High, Keene Junior High School, and Keene High (“honorary” Class of ’57) School, before going to Mercersburg Academy in PA for two years and graduating in 1958. He then received a BA in Business from Syracuse University in 1966, and an MBA from Plymouth State College in 1982.
On August 17, 1963, Bob married the love of his life, Judith Fones, in Scarsdale, NY. They have a daughter, Bevin Perry, of South Windsor, CT., and son, Jonathan M. Perry (Shannon), of Keene. Their four grandchildren are Jacqueline (Jax) Perry of Boston, Samuel (Sam) Perry of Keene, Bailey Puebla of VT, and Riley Puebla of CT. He is survived by twin sisters, Susan Landers Gilbert and Sarah Handford of Keene; along with nieces, nephews, cousins, and many friends. He was predeceased by his parents, his brother, Bill, and sister-in-law, Janice.
Over his lifetime, Bob was employed as a camp counselor at the Hill Camp on Silver Lake in Chesham; at Kingsbury Machine Tool Corp. in Keene; GE in Syracuse, NY; Carrier Corporation in Syracuse, NY; as Treasurer, VP, and President of New England Acceptance Corp. in Keene; as Treasurer of Perry Motors in Peterborough, NH; and finally two years at the American Red Cross in Keene. He served terms on the Boards of Directors of Apple Hill Chamber Players, The Woodard Home, Cheshire National Bank, American Red Cross in Keene, City of Keene Zoning Board of Adjustment (past Chairman), and Keene Lions Club (member since 1971 and recipient of a Melvin Jones Fellowship). He was a volunteer for the American Red Cross for over 45 years, a founder and President of Volunteers Enabling Transportation, and a volunteer at the information desk of Cheshire Medical Center until the week before he passed.
Bob liked to say about his childhood friend, Jonathan Daniels, “If your goal is to leave this world better than you found it, he certainly did.” Bob lived this mantra to the fullest. He shared his love of family, friends, community, stories, and laughter generously and openly. The pride he felt in his children’s and grandchildren’s many performances and achievements was evident through his constant attendance, support, and praise. For those who were lucky enough to enter his vast circle, we hope the memories bring comfort and smiles.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the:
Cheshire Health Foundation
580 Court St.
Keene, NH 03431,
and/or Home Healthcare Hospice & Community Services, 312 Marlboro St., Keene, NH. Calling hours will be on Saturday, April 15, 2023, from 10:00 am-12:00pm with a time of reflection from family and friends at noon. Both held in the Cheshire Family Funeral Chapel at 44 Maple Ave. Keene, NH. Burial will be private and at a later date. All services are under the care of Cheshire Family Funeral Chapel, 44 Maple Ave. Keene, NH. 03431.