Robert Alfred Perreault, 90, beloved husband of the late Ethel Thorpe (Lofkin) Perreault, of Richmond, died on Nov. 19, 2012. A son of Louis and Roseanna (Allard) Perreault, he was born in Warwick, R.I., on Nov. 17, 1922.
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After graduating from South Kingstown High School, at the age of seventeen, he enlisted in the Royal Canadian Air Force. He received his training in Montreal, Canada, pre-Pearl Harbor. When the United States joined the Allied Forces, Bob transferred to the 9th Air Force Division in London, England, where he met his wife. A trusted pilot, he flew then Four Star General Omar Bradley on a secret mission to meet with General Dwight D. Eisenhower. He was a recipient of The Air Medal, The Bronze Star, a Purple Heart, European Theatre Ribbon, American Theatre Ribbon, Canadian Service Medal, with maple leaf cluster and the World War II Victory Medal.
Bob worked for many years at F.W. Smith Garage, as parts manager and school bus driver. He owned and operated Perreault Power Equipment in Wyoming, R.I., for 25 years.
Mr. Perreault was a charter member of the Chariho Rotary Club and was honored as a Paul Harris Fellow.
Of all his life's work, his most important role was his devotion to his wife and family. He leaves behind four children, Robert L. and Heidi Perreault of Springfield, Ill., Christine and Charles Kenyon of Usquepaug, R.I., Lynette Walker and Joseph Maletta of Boynton Beach, Fla., amd Debbie and Charlie Wright of Stonington, Conn. He also leaves the joys of his life: ten grandchildren and 13 great-grandchildren. He also leaves many dear nieces, nephews and friends.
Robert was predeceased by four brothers, Louis, Edward, Wilfred, Joseph, Arthur, Albert and Emile Perreault, and three sisters, Beatrice J. Brophy, Blanche Perreault, and Pauline V. Testa.
Calling hours will be at the S.R. Avery Funeral Home, Main St., Hope Valley, R.I., on Friday, Nov. 23, from 4 to 7 p.m. A Mass of Christian burial will be held on Saturday, Nov. 24, at 10 a.m. at Saint Mary's Church, Route 112, Carolina, R.I. Burial with full military honors will follow at Friends Cemetery, Route 138, Richmond.
For online condolences, please visit www.averyfuneralhome.com
Published in The Westerly Sun on Nov. 22, 2012
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