Robert Francis Perry, 64, served the Wilmington community as pediatrician for over 10 years

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Robert Francis Perry
Robert Francis Perry

EMERALD ISLE — Robert Francis Perry, MD, 64, of Emerald Isle, formerly of Worcester, Mass., died Wednesday, Nov. 23, 2016, at Lower Cape Fear Hospice in Wilmington, N.C.

He was born Dec. 5, 1951, in Worcester, Mass., to Ralph Perry and Ann Dunn Perry.

Robert was born in Worcester, Mass., and attended St. Stephen’s Catholic High School. He went on to study psychology at Worcester State University and biochemistry and Molecular Biology at Anna Maria College.

Throughout his early years, Robert taught at the high school and college level before going on to medical school. His love for teaching, education, medicine and caring for his patients was a passion throughout his life.

Robert studied pediatric/neonatology at the University of Vermont College of Medicine, where he received his Doctorate of Medicine. His residencies included studies of St. Vincent’s Hospital in Worcester, Mass., Dana Farber Cancer Institute and The Joslin Clinic, Boston, Mass., Driscoll Foundation Children’s Hospital Corpus Christi, Texas, Miami Children’s Hospital, Miami, Fla., Pitt and Memorial Hospital, Greenville, N.C.

In 1995, he established the Pee Dee Clinic, a pediatric/general medical practice. He served the Wilmington community for over 10 years.

In September 2010, he moved to Emerald Isle and served as the medical director and physician for Med First Family practice until April 2016.

Survivors include two sons, Justin David Perry of Wilmington, N.C., and Jordan Robert Perry, and wife, Lauren, of Lemoore, Calif.; grandson, Jaxon Perry; and sister, Ann Marie Sacco of Rhode Island. Robert also leaves one nephew and two nieces.

He was predeceased by his mother, Ann; and sister, Mary Ellen Haynes.

A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m., Saturday, Dec. 3, at Andrews Market Street Chapel.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the local Wilmington Juvenile Diabetes Foundation, 1015 Ashes Drive, No. 101, Wilmington, N.C. 28405; or online at www.jdrf.org.

Very special thanks to family and friends for their love and support during his long illness.