February 21, 2024
Story by C. Richard Campbell
Photograph from the archives
Robert Edward Perks died at the Parkview Meadows Christian Retirement Village, Townsend on Saturday, February 17, 2024. He was in his 93rd year.  Bob was a Rotarian for over 33 years from 1990 to 2023. His classification was Petroleum Refining. He was actively involved in the Club and served as President in 2008-2009. Bob was also a strong supporter of The Rotary Foundation becoming a multiple Paul Harris Fellow four times. Being a resident of Port Dover, he also became a part of the Port Dover Rotary sailing group. When it comes to recreation, Simcoe Rotarians excel at Curling, Sailing and Golf.
Many of us will remember stories at the luncheon table of his efforts to rehabilitate his sail boat. There was also the curious difference in the personalities of him and his sister Joyce. Her wit and sense of humour stood out. When she became ill and needed to be placed in a nursing home, it was inspiring to see him become the primary care giver.
Bob graduated as a Chemical Engineer from the University of Toronto. His life time career was the oil industry with him retiring from  Texaco / Imperial Oil at Nanticoke.
On January 30th, 2023, The Rotary Club of Simcoe awarded Bob Perks an Honorary membership. "He joins a select group of Rotarians who have been awarded Honorary Membership for their service and contribution to Rotary."