R.I.P. - Rodney A. Perry. Stamp Dealer and keen Collector.

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RIP Rodney.

I didn't know him personally, but his posts were always courteous and informative, and he obviously had a great deal of philatelic experience. Everything I read here tells me he was a great person.

My sincere condolences to his family.

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Sorry to hear about Rod Perry. I certainly agree with the enthusiasm he had for full, properly used, covers! What an amazing house!

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My condolences to Rod's family. He really will be missed.
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This is terrible news. Rod was always so willing to help, to give advice and share his knowledge. He gave so much to the hobby.

My condolences to his family and friends.

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Very sad news. Condolences to the family.
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Although I had no personal contact with Rod, I always read his posts as his enthusiasm for the subject was obvious, as was his courtesy, helpfulness and knowledge.

R.I.P. Rod, you will be much missed by all.
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So sorry to hear this. RIP Rod. My sincere condolences to his family.

I didn't know him personally but always enjoyed learning from his expertise. His posts here were very informative and his passion was obvious.

I may even start collecting Australia covers as a tribute - something to consider.

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Very sad news!

I never met him in person but he was always a great help with questions about everything concerning Australian Philately!

My condolences to his family!

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I was hoping for many more years of erudite posting from Rod. His promotion of usage has given a real impetus to the area of “modern” postal history. Every post he made here was informative and courteous. RIP.
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Very sad news and gone too soon, we will miss you Rod, RIP.

My sincere condolences to his wife and family.

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Sorry to hear this. My condolences to his family and friends.

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Always sad to hear when a Stampboards' member passes away. :(

My condolences to Rod's family and friends.

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A great loss to Philately...

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Always enjoyed reading his posts on here, You knew you were going to learn something, Will be missed. R.I.P

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Terrible news. Another of our community gone too soon.

Over the years I have kept many of Rod's replies tucked away in the Philatelic memory bank, trying to learn from each post. I developed a new appreciation for the term "on cover".

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Very sad news.
I did not know him personally but we had contact on PNG postal history - his knowledge will be missed.
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Such sad news. My condolences to his family and many friends.

He was a mentor to me.

I will miss him.
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It is with great sadness that I learned here the passing of Rod.

My condolences to Madel and family.

I first met Rod in 1973 not long after I arrived in Australia, and over the years he has helped me obtain many nice items and passed on his knowledge when asked.

Over the years Rod and Geoff Kellow started to turn the Australian Commonwealth Specialist's Catalogue into one of the great stamp catalogues in the world, for which I think all Australian collectors owe them a great debt.

I'll be raising a glass of red to you to night old mate.

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Such sad news, he was an inspiration.

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I enjoyed reading his insightful posts here over the last few years.

A true gentleman with a wealth of knowledge across many areas.

He will be sorely missed.

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R.I.P. Rod.

I will cherish our decade-long friendship; I was in my 20s, then, and you helped build and nurture my emerging philatelic interests.

Your legacy will live on through those you helped guide throughout the years.

You encouraged me to write alongside you in 'Stamp News', and five years on the journey continues, thanks to your encouragement.

Your generosity and wisdom will be missed.

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Folks,

I was not sure what to say about the passing of my friend Rod Perry.

It has taken me a day to think about what to write about my mate.

Yesterday firstly I lost a friend. I knew that Rod had been very very sick for quite a while and fielded a few questions about that fact he was missing from the board. He and his family wanted his illness to remain confidential and I respected that.

I was notified of his death yesterday by a family friend. Rod and I first met at his retail outlet in Bourke Street in Melbourne where I first learned about commercial usage of stamps on cover. This was a novel new way of collecting that I really warmed too. In later years we became friends. I would talk to Rod at least weekly and sometimes more than that.

My wife Kath and myself were fortunate enough to spend time with him and Mardel at his infamous stamp house in the Daintree in Far North Queensland. What a delight that was. We obviously spoke a lot about stamps but also other things. He had a passion for cars and had owned many famous makes including buying a GTHO Phase 3 new in 1971.

He was building a beast of a car for many years and it is my understanding that it was finished just before he died and he was taken for a ride in it. We spoke often about us going for a drive along the magnificent road from Cairns to the Daintree with views of the fabulous beaches and stunning rainforest. Sadly never to be.

Secondly I lost a mentor. His knowledge about all things philatelic was amazing. I would often send him a scan of my latest find, stamps on cover of course, and he would say that was sent by this person or another from the handwriting. My 8 frame exhibit of the Australian First Decimal Definitives would not have happened if it was not for Rod's encouragement, support and friendship.

Thirdly Australian philately has lost a giant. His contribution to our hobby was amazing. Every time you reach for an edition of the ACSC you should thank Rod. He owned the catalogue for a number of years and took it to a new level in that time. It was good but he made it great. His latest contribution being pricing stamps on cover for the QEII pre-decimal edition.

He pushed for the addition of three prices for stamps on cover which is very valuable to collectors like me. His analytical mind and meticulous record keeping will be a sore loss. People remember him for his passion for commercially used covers but he contributed much more than that.

Most of the significant items of Australian philately have passed through his hands at some stage. His auction business was prolific when under his guidance. He often told me that Arthur Grey told him that he was the best of the best of the philatelic traders. His knowledge of the history of philately in Australia was amazing and he did his last exhibit on the topic in Canberra last year.

His passion from commercially used stamps on cover does not need to be repeated by me here except to say we have probably all benefited from it. He wanted people to consider another way of collecting stamps. A different way from buying a Seven Seas album and putting mint stamps into little spots in their place.

He often said that he could go out and buy many first watermark £2 kangaroos in a day but show me one on a commercially used cover and I will be impressed. He showed us the rarity of many humble little stamps that are a dime a dozen as mint or used stamps but were little hero's used commercially in their time of issue.

His amazing post on KGVI stamps on cover has fascinated many and encouraged us to think outside the square. His monthly articles in the Stamp News magazine sent us searching for many different stamps on cover, that we would never have dreamed of seeking previously.

We have seen by his absence on this board how much he contributed when he was present. I have missed his daily contributions. It took him a while to get here but he made his presence felt when he did.

I would like to pass on my condolences to his wife Mardel and his family. He loved Mardel dearly and his children and grandchildren. His youngest grandson would often be running around on the floor while we were chatting about whatever. He would often sign of at around five pm to head off and have a wine. I will have one for you my friend. Thanks for your friendship and inspiration.

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Very sad news and gone too soon, we will miss you Rod, RIP.

Just learnt the news and I am staggered by it. I remember fondly the kind things he wrote about me and my late father in some of his posts regarding the Western Australia collection.

My sincerest condolences to his wife and family.

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Very sad to hear this news.

Like many others here, I was rivetted by his KGVI Usage thread, and always wondered at his knowledgeable answers. Rod was a marvel, always ready to help and encourage, to find a cover with the particular specification that you needed.

I obtained many First Day Covers from Rod, all supplied with knowledge and insight. In addition, many Usage covers sourced from him have enhanced my collection. With all, useful information was provided or could be learned through discussion and was willingly given.

Thanks RAP, you will be greatly missed - RIP. My condolences to the family.

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I had heard on the grape vine that Rod was seriously ill and had noticed, with sadness, his absence from the board. While I had never personally met Rod he had shared some small gems of his knowledge with me at different times on this board and via emails.

He was never one to back down on his opinions and with the enormous wealth of knowledge he had at his finger tips meant he was usually right.

Sadly another philatelic encyclopedia of knowledge has departed and will be missed by many people.

Rod was always generous with his time and knowledge as the many testimonies here point out.

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I was digging through the stamp room and found an old auction folder that I hadn't seen for a very long time. Hadn't even gone through it or taken out any of the many pages of Queensland sidefaces that are in it.

I will go through these in detail tonight and raise a glass in memory of Rod. I think he would have liked that.
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I would also like to offer my condolences to Rod's family and friends.

I enjoyed reading Rod's posts as well as his various articles on his website and in Stamp News etc.

I was fortunate to buy a few items from him over the last few years and I think my interest (and passion) for collecting and looking at commercially used covers comes from him.

I will miss him and his expert knowledge.

RIP Rod.

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Lakatoi 4 wrote:I was digging through the stamp room and found an old auction folder that I hadn't seen for a very long time. Hadn't even gone through it or taken out any of the many pages of Queensland sidefaces that are in it.

I will go through these in detail tonight and raise a glass in memory of Rod. I think he would have liked that.
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Just caught this after a day away from the system, very sad news.

Like most, I only knew him through here, and Rod was always helpful to anyone who asked, especially anyone who showed him a cover! He gave an honest opinion about its worth and scarcity, but also gave you the "why".

I don't know whether this is true, but I got the impression that he almost single-handedly kicked-off the interest in MODERN postal history in Australia that put Australian MPH collecting far ahead of the rest of the world and gave those of us outside Australia a target to not only save the material but to preserve, record, and compile the information necessary to kick-start that aspect of the hobby elsewhere.

I read his KG6 tutorial avidly until a few months ago when other matters here intervened. I deeply regret that I shall not be able to ask him more about - or show him more examples - of the KG6 and other material that he was so knowledgeable about.

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I am truly saddened by the passing of Rod and my deepest condolences to all of his family and friends.

Although we never met, if it wasn't for Rod's articles and views on postal history, I would probably still be tearing stamps from covers. A true icon of the philatelic scene who leaves a lasting legacy in so many collecting areas.

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R.I.P. Rod,

My condolences to his family.

I have binder full of his Stamp News Usage articles on my shelf, which inspired me to start a small pre-decimal usage collection.
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RIP Rod and condolences to Madel and family.

I had the pleasure of visiting Rod and his vast hoard in Cairns last year, as well as taking a very minuscule number of his vast collection of covers with me.

I had also visited his shop many times when I lived in Melbourne in the early 80s, and was always greeted and treated well.

Rod's philatelic knowledge, as many have already pointed out, was wide and worthy of attention.

He was for a better turn of phrase a "good bloke" and I am glad I have had the privilege to interact with him on many occasions.

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R.I.P. Rod,

I can only echo the sentiments of others that he, and his contributions, will be greatly missed.

He seemed to know everyone who was anyone in the world of philately, and shared so many wonderful stories here of his encounters.

A true gentleman.

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I never had the pleasure to meet or deal with Rod
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R.I.P. Rod, and my condolences to his wife and family. Apart from his incredible knowledge and his sharing of this both here and in his regular Stamp News columns, we will also always have his One Pound Jimmy house.

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R.I.P. Rodney Perry.

Condolences to his Family and Friends

Rod had an enormous knowledge and passion for stamps and postal history.

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Very sad to hear this, R.I.P. Rod, such a knowledgeable man and one who shared that knowledge with all... a great loss for all

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I am very very sad to hear on Rod's passing.
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My deepest sympathy & condolences to the family for your loss.
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Didn't know Rod but very sorry to hear of his passing - his posts were always calm and considered, displaying his infinite knowledge of the topic at hand.

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I started collecting covers after reading his "Stamp News" Woodchip articles.

Very sad news. RIP Rod.

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Good grief, Rod Perry!? Seems rather surreal for many members, I'm sure. I remember reading his posts over the years, even if I've never met the man himself.

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Re: R.I.P. - Rodney A. Perry. Stamp Dealer and keen Collect

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Terrible news. Condolences to Rod's family and those who knew him well.

Never met him myself but his articles in Stamp News over the years inspired my modest efforts at collecting covers.
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Sad to hear the passing of another knowledgeable member of Stampboards. Condolences to his family.

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I never met Rod, but his passion for covers affected me too, and I purchased a couple of lovely ones from him.

The last time I emailed him, it was about the Lallier album he 'rescued', which sadly, he would never have read.

The only other time the email was titled 'personal question- feel free to ignore'. He had dropped a couple of hints on Stampboards, that he, like me, was married to a Filipina. He didn't ignore it, and I really wanted to you know this, Madel- what he said was: FILIPINAS RULE!
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I would like to add this tribute to Rod here, circulated by one of the doyens of the Brighton Philatelic Society (BPS):
Rod Perry joined BPS in 1961 which makes him our second longest member.

Reflecting on this news this afternoon I recalled taking my wife for a drive many years ago and somehow finishing up at Rod Perry Auctions which was located at the bottom end of Bourke St.

Rod was closing down and moving to Qld.

All his furniture was to be sold and I thought there may be some items BPS could use.

First off I saw some massive bookshelves which I knew would go very well in Neufeld Hall as we had just finished rebuilding the western end. Today that is our library!

Then I saw this magnificent auctioneer’s podium and asked Rod if it was for sale. No he said I’m taking it to Qld.

Then I gave him my sob story about our octogenarian auctioneer Len Buchanan climbing onto a table and sitting very precariously on a chair and how dangerous it was.

Give me $1500 he said and its yours!

And as you have seen it looks like it was made to go in our church building!

Many will pay tribute to Rod’s philatelic knowledge and contribution to our hobby but I shall be eternally grateful that he enabled Len to continue as auctioneer in a job he loved!

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Re: R.I.P. - Rodney A. Perry. Stamp Dealer and keen Collect

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R. I. P
Cheers,
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There's little that I can add that hasn't already been said, except to offer my own condolences to Rod's family and his philatelic friends. I rediscovered philately in my 20s and very quickly became an acolyte of Rod and his crusade on behalf of commercial covers.

I particularly appreciated that he included my favourite stamp design era, the 1970s-1980s 'boom' detritus, in his philatelic worldview, and taught me that this era was not devoid of challenge nor of rarity. I will miss his Stamp News columns and his Stampboards contributions enormously.

Just last night I was rummaging through a small part of his hoard that now lives in my cupboard, preparing for a presentation I am giving on commercial covers. I'm sure I am just one of hundreds through whom his legacy will live on. Vale Rod.

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No exaggeration to say he was a legend in Australian philately. Condolences to his friends and family.

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Re: R.I.P. - Rodney A. Perry. Stamp Dealer and keen Collect

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Such sad news. He was one of Stampboards most respected and knowledgeable members.

I learned a lot from his posts even though I do not collect Australia.

A great loss.

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