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PERRA, Robert

PERRA, Robert

Robert Perra
May 31, 1959 - May 3, 2022

It is with profound sadness that we announce the unexpected passing of Bob Perra. Despite his healthy lifestyle, Bob suffered a heart attack and was found to have had severe heart disease. He is survived by his wife Betty, daughters Chloe (Derek) and Kelsey (Gord), sister Abby (Arthur), and many beloved nieces, nephews and in-laws. He was sadly predeceased by his parents and his sister Sally. Bob grew up in Saskatchewan before moving to Vernon, BC as a teenager. He attended BCIT (Diploma Mechanical Engineering,1980) where he met Betty. He worked as a mechanical engineering technologist, primarily in the heavy truck industry. He had a passion for all things mechanical and was later perplexed to discover his daughters did not share this passion. Bob was a kind man, devoted to his immediate and extended family. He always prioritized the needs of others over his own and would do anything for those he cared for. Bob was an extraordinary father, who encouraged his daughters to be self-sufficient while supporting them unconditionally. He loved the outdoors and shared that passion with his family, creating many memories of camping trips, outdoor cycling adventures, cross-country skiing, and many mountainous hikes. Cycling, however, became his greatest passion. He enjoyed the ride, the people he met, and the coffee that followed. Always striving to push himself, he was proud of completing several triathlons and many epic bike rides, including the Mallorca 312 in 2017. He was planning his next challenge, a 1200 km multi-day trip through the Rockies.

A celebration of life is planned for June 4, 2022 from 1:00 PM to 3:00 PM. The venue has now been confirmed and the service will be held at Kelowna Brewing Company. Anyone who wishes to attend is welcome to do so. Please contact the family with any questions at [email protected]


Condolence Messages
  • Jun 04, 2022
    Betty, I met and became friends with you and Bob so many years ago when you and I were at CAP in Richmond. Years later it was such a a great surprise to find that he would be my boss when I started at Western Star. He was a great mentor and a treasured Work friend for so many years including while we have been down in Portland. I have many fond memories from that but for the last 4 or 5 years we have followed each others cycling endeavors on cycling websites Zwift and Strava. We often messaged each other directly and even rode together virtually a couple of times. It was my goal to come up and ride with him for real but was only able to meet Bob for a beer last summer. We reminisced about many good old days and some of the great cycling adventures we have both had. I am saddened to lose Bob both as a friend and a cycling buddy. I'm certain he has now found the perfect challenging ride. My sincere condolences to you and your family. Bob will be greatly missed by all. Craig and Beth Smith
  • Jun 03, 2022
    Elizabeth,we just learned of your terrible loss.. We are thinking of you and your girls with our deepest sympathy. There are no words.
    Sincerely, Wally and Naida Palfrey
  • Jun 01, 2022
    I consider myself extremely lucky to have known and worked with Bob over the past 20 years. Bob was an extremely gifted engineer and was always available to answer any questions I had. He was not only great guy to work with, but also a great guy to enjoy a cold beer with. Andrea and I will always have fond memories of the Vector Christmas dinners and the conversations and laughs we shared. Our deepest condolences
    Nigel and Andrea Mandau
  • May 27, 2022
    Chloe and family. This is so so sad. I never met your dad but know he had to be a great man and dad because you are a part of him. Sending you much love in this most difficult time. X Terry Lyn
  • May 25, 2022
    My condolences go out to Bob's family. I'll always remember Bob as my first boss and mentor in a real engineering job. I learnt everything I know on how to engineer both theoretically and then apply practically. I'm still applying what he taught me 30 years ago. That booming voice of his is still in my head as if it was just yesterday. RIP. Frank Schauble.
  • May 25, 2022
    Our deepest sympathies to you and your family. Wendy and I both worked with Bob at Western star. I always had great respect for his knowledge and experience and appreciated his sense of humor. We are sorry for your loss
    Wendy and Scott Killin
  • May 24, 2022
    Betty, Chloe and Kelsey-
    Our sincerest condolences for your loss. We first met Bob when he started at WST. He quickly fit into our social group and was part of many fun filled escapades. Later, we got into camping and bike riding with too many good memories to mention. Bob was a great friend who left us too early.
    Mark and Wendy Neale
  • May 24, 2022
    Dear Betty, Chloe and Kelsey,
    Our sincere condolences to you on Bob’s passing. I first met Bob during our BCIT days. Later, I had the privilege to get to know him much better during my time at WST in the late 80’s. He became a great colleague, but more importantly, a wonderful friend. I have many fond memories of my time with Bob, from hikes, camping trips, kayaking ventures, the West Coast Trail, Cape Scott and many more. Bob always had a great sense of humour and brought tremendous positive energy to everything he did. We will miss him dearly. Please know that our thoughts are with you.
    Jim and Alena Erickson
  • May 24, 2022
    The boss with the booming voice that didn't need an intercom, the brilliant truck engineer who taught and mentored. Always a big chuckle at the end of feedback, good or bad. So glad I knew him both during WST Kelowna and WST Portland - seeing him grow, change, find happiness riding - a big influence for many of us. He still owes me beer for the DTNA help I always gave him. I will collect! So sorry Betty and Family, we are all thinking of you.
    Danny and Dawn Blurton.
  • May 24, 2022
    15 years of working with Bob has, no doubt, made me better at my job. He was always a voice of reason and constructively critical in a way that made you think more deeply about what you were doing. I didn't have the pleasure of knowing Bob better on a personal level but our interactions always left me feeling the warmth of his personality. This unexpected loss will leave a lasting hole in the hearts of those who knew and loved him and my thoughts are with Betty and the family as they traverse this difficult time.
    Mike Walling
  • May 24, 2022
    Our thoughts and prayers are with the Perra family. Bob hired me into WST and started my career in trucking. We had continued to cross paths and worked with each other after moving to Portland. Always the no-nonsense and practical engineer. Great to work with and I will always have great memories of him.
    Ken & Mira Chow
  • May 24, 2022
    To the Perra family. Our sincere condolences on Bob's passing. I have fond memories of working with Bob at WST. I will always remember his sense of humor and smiling face. He was a good man, gone too soon. Rest in peace. Lloyd and Audrey Bucharest
  • May 24, 2022
    Our condolences to Betty and the rest of the family.
    I treasured Bob as a friend and colleague during our early careers at Western Star in Kelowna.
    This comes as a tremendous shock and saddens us deeply.
    Don and Maureen Moore (Belle River, Ontario)
  • May 24, 2022
    Betty, Chloe and Kelsey,
    Please accept our sincere condolences. We are thinking of you and praying for you through this time. Bob was an engineering mentor to me for many years. My manager, my co worker, my friend.
    Marlin and Shanny
  • May 22, 2022
    Keith and I are so sorry for your loss. We have cycled and hiked with Bob and Betty on a number of occasions over the past 8 to 9 years of living in Kelowna. We mostly rode with Bob on the West Kelowna and remote start rides. He was a great guy to draft behind on the bike with seemingly endless energy to pull the group. He was always loads of fun to hang out with for coffee after the ride - the real reason we all cycle. Bob’s face always lit up when he spoke of his family at post ride coffee or end of season parties. We will all miss him terribly.
    Frances Russell and Keith Palmater
  • May 21, 2022
    Very sad to hear about Bob's passing. I worked with Bob at Western Star. He was always happy & helpful. He went too early.
    Len Eburne
  • May 20, 2022
    Heartfelt condolences to Betty and family. Bob was a work buddy and trusted friend, we always enjoyed our various get togethers at work or recreation. We are shocked and saddened by his sudden passing. We all walk a fine line but this was so unexpected from someone who was always pushing the fitness barrier. We miss you Bob, rest In peace.
    Barry and Heather Klinger
  • May 19, 2022
    I have many happy memories of rides, hikes and of course, relaxing and visiting over coffee post-activity with Bob and the Killer Beez. Betty, my deepest condolences to you and your family. We will miss him.
    Mary Berg
  • May 19, 2022
    My condolences to the family , I worked with Bob at WST and enjoyed his sense of humour and joie de vivre.
    Dwight Carroll
  • May 19, 2022
    This is such a shock. Bob was friendly with everyone he met.
    He will be sorely missed but we have great memories of him.
    Our thoughts are with you Betty, Chloe and Kelsey.
    Dave and Rachelle Wright
  • May 17, 2022
    Betty, Chloe and Kelsey,
    I am so sorry to hear of Bob's passing. I had the pleasure of riding with him on many Killer Bee rides and found him to be a kind and gentle guy with a good sense of humour. I will miss him. My condolences.
    Al Taylor
  • May 17, 2022
    What sad and unexpected news! Please accept our sincere condolences
    Larry and Wendy Hancock.
  • May 17, 2022
    Our deepest condolences Elizabeth and family. We knew Bob as our friendly next door neighbour years ago and John spoke highly of his work at Western Star. Jean and John Langergraber
  • May 17, 2022
    I have many happy memories of cycling with Bob - and of his giant sandwiches! Wishing you strength and comfort. Lynne
  • May 17, 2022
    To Betty and family, please accept my sincerest sympathy for your loss. I have many fond memories of being in Bob’s company while cycling and hiking over the years. In particular the numerous Rose Valley hikes lead by Bob and his organizing of the amazing 7 day Vancouver Island Ride with Michael Malkowski will forever stay with me. Unfortunately I won’t be able to attend the memorial service on June 4th due to a prior family commitment, but please know that I will be there in spirit.
    Mel Saari
  • May 17, 2022
    Pam and I enjoyed our trips, coffee's, discussions, laughter, rides and encounters with Bob over the years. Always enjoyable and will be missed. Our emotional condolences.
    Shaun and Pam
  • May 16, 2022
    We send our sincere condolences to Bob's family. I worked with Bob for many years at Western Star with many fond memories. We are so sorry for your loss.
    Marilyn & Henry Willms
  • May 16, 2022
    Elizabeth, Chloe & Kelsey
    Our sincere condolences for your loss. Cherish all those wonderful memories.
    Donna & Doug Campbell
  • May 16, 2022
    Please accept my deepest sympathies for you and your family during this trying time. Bob and I worked together at WST for many years.
    Stay strong.
    Joe Regan.
  • May 16, 2022
    Betty and family
    We are very saddened by this news.
    We have fond memories of our good friend Bob, both at WST and personally.
    Our thoughts are with you at this difficult time.
    Bruce and Bev
  • May 16, 2022
    My sincere condolences to Bob's family. Remembering Bob from Western Star.
    Nora Perehudoff
  • May 15, 2022
    Betty, Chloe and Kelsey,
    There really aren’t words. Our hearts hurt for yours.
    RIP Bob
    Kath and Brian
  • May 15, 2022
    My sincere condolences.
    Andrea Cooper
  • May 15, 2022
    We send our deepest sympathy to you Betty and your family and are sorry for your loss. We had the pleasure of working with Bob at WST. We have several fond memories of him during that time. Joanne Anweiler & Stanko Botic