Robert Paul Perdue, 58, formerly of Massena
Tuesday, May 15, 2018 - 10:35 pm

CHENGDU, CHINA -- Robert Paul Perdue, 58, passed away peacefully on Tuesday, April 17th, 2018, at his apartment in Chengdu, China.

Robert, fondly referred to as “Rob” or “Robbie” by family and friends, was born June 28th, 1959, to Dr. Thomas Edward Perdue and Sarah (Sally) Richards Perdue in Massena, New York.

He completed primary and secondary education in Massena, attending Sacred Heart, Holy Family, and Massena Central Schools.

Rob was an accomplished athlete, excelling in basketball, hockey, football, baseball and swimming throughout his childhood and adolescence.

He remained active throughout adulthood as well, enjoying running, swimming, softball, tennis, and martial arts in his free time.

In addition, he was a devoted San Francisco Giants baseball fan and was thrilled to watch them win three World Series Championships during his lifetime.

Rob received a BA in History from Alfred University in 1981. He went on to complete his Masters degrees from Syracuse University (1996) and Wesleyan University (2000).

He was a dedicated teacher and his career spanned over 25 years, taking him all over the world. He taught high school history and A.P. Psychology in San Francisco, China, Thailand, India, and Myanmar. He was adored by his students and known for telling entertaining jokes and stories.

Rob also coached high school basketball for several years, helping lead the Convent of the Sacred Heart girls’ team to their first California State Championship. Additionally, his love for the game inspired him to take up a side job as a referee for many years.

His greatest accomplishment, however, was being a father to his beloved daughter, Riley Perdue, born in 1993. Rob was also a proud dog-parent to several Labrador retrievers including his one-year-old black lab, Chang, who was by his side when he died.

Rob is remembered for his humor, intellect, loyalty to family, and zest for life. No matter where he lived, he always made annual trips home to spend quality time with those he loved.

Rob’s sisters Joanne and Ellen and brother Timothy predeceased him. He is survived by his sisters Jane (Tom) LaClair, Mary (Peg Kaufman) and brother Thomas (Jonathan Tran); six nieces and nephews; Eric (Kaori Yaginuma), Mark (Alison Smith), Brian (Kate Allen), Katie (Tyler Dorholt), Tommy (Vandana Goel), and Colin LaClair; and eleven great-nieces and nephews; Takuya, Sayaka, Momoka, Kanami, Miyoshi, Marin, Mae, Genevieve, Joseph, William LaClair and Kellan Dorholt.

A celebration of Rob’s life is being planned for the end of August, 2018, in Long Lake, NY.

The family kindly asks that anyone interested in attending to contact them for details.

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