Dr. Robert Yetman "Bob" Perinchief
1931 - 2021
Robert Yetman Perinchief a.k.a "Dr. Bob" & "Dad"
Born on 1-31-31 (a palindrome) in Spring Lake Heights, NJ, Bob joined the Heavenly Choir on Monday, February 1, 2021, at home surrounded by family in Silver Springs, FL. He was preceded in death by his parents, Rev. Kenneth and Mrs. Mabel Perinchief, and brother, G. Kenneth Perinchief.
Survived by wife, Dawn Perinchief of Silver Springs, FL; daughters, Jessica Banks (Cam) of New Zealand, and Jen Pasch (Thomas) of Ocala, FL; son, Timmy Boyle of Silver Springs, FL; son, Paul; daughter, Karen; and son, Glenn; brother and sister-in-law, Dr. Burt and Mrs. Hazel Perinchief of Lake Mary, FL; sister-in-law, Joan Perinchief of Canby, OR; sister-in-law and brother-in-law, Colleen and David Mounsey; grandchildren Michael, Connor, and Griffin; many nieces, nephews, great-nieces, great-nephews, and "adopted" family through church, education, travel, and charity work through the 501st Legion.
He served in the United States Air Force, 1951-1954; received a B.S. degree from The College of New Jersey (formerly Trenton State College) in 1957; M.A. degree in 1958 and Ed.D. in 1964 from Teachers College/Columbia University (NY) – all in Music Education.
Dr. Bob's teaching career spanned 5 decades as professor and teacher of music and humanities. It included teaching future educators and elementary school children in New Jersey, UW-Whitewater, St. Leo's, and Marion County Public Schools (Evergreen, East Marion, and Ft. McCoy Elementarys). He retired for the final time at age 84 in 2015.
At the same time he also was Minister/Director of Music at various United Methodist, Lutheran, and Presbyterian churches in New Jersey, Wisconsin, and Ocala including Joy Lutheran and St. Paul's United Methodist (Ocala).
Bob lived a life of service. He loved mission work and saying daily prayers while out walking.
He dedicated his life to teaching - not only music, but also through drug prevention programs (worldwide), writing children's books, and by example. He loved comparing life experiences with everyone he met. His curiosity and gregarious nature knew no bounds. Bob lived a life of advocacy. He marched on Washington with MLK, Jr.; he met great musicians of all colors and backgrounds. Bob saw no color or disability in anyone, and he taught others to look beyond to what makes us all alike.
Dr. Bob wrote thousands of poems, several books, and created entirely new ways of teaching.
He was a lifetime member of National Education Association, National Association for Music Education (formerly MENC), American Choral Directors Association (life member #4), and Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia.
Bob's love of people, music, and culture led him to all of the continents, all 50 states, most of the islands, and all corners of Canada and Mexico.
He came, he saw, he lived.
Services to be held at St. Paul's UMC 800 SE 41st AVE. Ocala, FL 34471 at 10:00 a.m. on Saturday, February 13, 2021 – Outdoor service, but masks required.
Published by Ocala Star-Banner from Feb. 6 to Feb. 10, 2021.
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So sorry to hear of Dr. P´s passing. He was instrumental in getting me the organist position at the Methodist church in whitewater while studying music at Uw-W and allowing me to direct the boys choir there. Loved his Kodaly class- one of my favorite professors!
Joan Tomlinson Reich
August 13, 2021
Peace be with you all in your tremendous loss. Know he will never be forgotten.
Suzy Lamoureux
February 14, 2021
Blessings to all. “Dr. P” was one of a kind. He taught with energy and enthusiasm! He loved music, people, puns, and jokes. When he whistled down the halls at UW-Whitewater, you knew you were in for a cheerful greeting! THANK YOU, Dr. Perinchief.
February 8, 2021
Dr. Perinchief was one of those people who changed my life. He was our major professor in grad school at Whitewater University of Wisconsin. He inspired us to become better teachers of music and to build our own strong self-confidence and self esteem. The only thing that surprises me is that he took the time to pass away. He's always worked towards making our world a better place and passed that passion on to his students. I'm proud to have been one. My condolences to all of his followers, friends and family.
Charyl Granatella
February 8, 2021
To my dear friend Dawn and family.....my thoughts and prayers are with you during this difficult time. I am so blessed to have known Bob for years, truly a sweet soul, always a true gentleman. He will be missed and always fondly remembered. God Bless!
Sandie Rizzo
February 6, 2021
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