Robert Patrick Perretti, 85 passed away peacefully on Monday, May 9, 2022, at Cambridge Hills Assisted Living in Pittsboro, North Carolina.
Born March 9, 1937, he served six years in the United States Navy and Reserves and 27 years on the Toledo Ohio Fire Department where he retired as a captain. Robert "Bob" was born in Plainfield New Jersey to Joseph Perretti and Eva Yannacone and moved to Bedford Michigan where he attended Bedford H.S and played basketball and football for the Kicking Mules.
Known for his dry wit and tenacious personality, Mr. Perretti met Judy Lee Brown in Toledo where he crossed the room to ask her to dance, being the "soave" Italian he was, he swept her off her feet - 2 years later they were married at St Joseph's Catholic Church in Sylvania, Ohio.
Together they welcomed three children, Michael, Teresa and Christine and spent many happy years on Commonwealth Ave in the perfect midwestern neighborhood.
Bob loved to golf, fish, read and work with his hands. Upon retirement he and Judy moved to lakefront property in Indiana near the Michigan and Ohio border. After ten years on the south side of Little Long Lake, a host of log cabin magazines, several architectural plans, they decided to build their dream home on the other side of the lake. While living in "the log" Bob enjoyed collecting antiques and refurbishing furniture. He and Judy started dealing antiques and quickly found themselves the owners of a space at an antique mall.
The log house was the center for friend and family gatherings and a place filled with music, warmth and chatter. Bob's favorite room in the house was the TV room, which overlooked the beautiful surroundings of the lake, and is where you could always find him taking a nap!
Bob and Judy moved to the Pittsboro area in 2014 to be closer to Chris and her family and hang out with Casey and Bennett amidst all their activities. Bob could be seen most weekends at golf courses watching his youngest grandson in tournaments and at all the Woods Charter basketball and baseball games where he was cheering on the boys. The move was truly a blessing for all involved. Being in the Chapel Hill area was especially important because of many of the great doctors from UNC who cared for Bob when heart disease and dementia set in. In Bob fashion, his primary care doctor, Dr. Min took a great liking to his personality, and it was a blessing to know he was in very competent hands.
Mr. Perretti is survived by his devoted wife of 60 years, Judy, his daughters, Teresa (David Morris-husband), Chris (Matt Barnes-husband), his son, Michael (Jill-wife), his grandson's, Jackson, Matthew, Casey, Marcus and Bennett.
Bob's immediate relatives who likely greeted him in heaven are mother, Eva, father, Joseph, stepfather, Thomas Lett, brothers, Joseph, Dominick, and Clement, nephews, Randy, and Joe Perretti, and great nieces, Marina and Marisa.
A celebration of life will be held Saturday, May 14, 1:00 pm at the pool club house in
the Preserve at Jordan Lake – 833 The Preserve Trail, Chapel Hill, NC 27317
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Alzheimer’s Association.
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