ZAVITZ, R. Perry - R. Perry Zavitz of London, Ontario. Called home at His appointed hour on Sunday May 24th, 2020.
Perry was born in 1928 in London, Ontario. He was the only child of Harold and Neva Zavitz of Coldstream, ON. Predeceased by his first wife, Louise in 1996 after 36 years. Predeceased by his second wife, Sally in 2013 after 14 years. Perry is lovingly remembered by his family, knowing he is at peace and resting in the presence of his Lord. Father of Jeanine Simpson (Brett) of Cookstown, ON and Michael Zavitz (Kathy Webber) of London, ON. Grandfather (Papa) of Bria (Adrian), Jordyn, and Mikayla. Great grandfather of Rylan and Tommy.
Perry was an employee of CFPL-TV for 38 years. Throughout his life, Perry was an avid automotive historian, authoring many books and articles. Perry was an active member of Wortley Baptist Church and Byron Community Church. Giving of his time freely - volunteering at Trans World Radio throughout his retirement. The family wishes to extend their gratitude to the entire care team at Westmount Gardens for their compassion and respect during his stay there and in his final days.
A private family service to celebrate Perry's life will be held at Harris Funeral Home with Pastor John Mackie officiating. Interment will be at the Coldstream Quaker Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, the family asks those wishing to make a memorial donation to consider Trans World Radio Canada (TWR) or Byron Community Church.
May 26, 2020, 11:50 am
My deepest sympathies...I am so sorry to hear about Perry. He was a true gentleman in every sense of the word and enjoyed his friendship. I always enjoyed our visits over the years to the Old Autos office and at local car shows. He will be sadly missed.
May 26, 2020, 12:42 pm
Thinking of the Zavitz family at this sad time. Perry was a true gentleman, and we all enjoyed his visits at Old Autos.
He will greatly be missed.
McDaniel & Blossom Phillips
May 26, 2020, 1:58 pm
Our sincere condolences to the Zavitz family. Perry was a dear friend and supporter for many years. I will miss his "joie de vivre!" May the peace of God be yours at this time.
Ron and Val ImBeau
May 26, 2020, 3:18 pm
What wonderful memories we have of Perry and Louise from our Wortley Days. Two special people. Sending our love .
Mary Jo DePelsmaeker
May 26, 2020, 3:41 pm
My deepest sympathy to the Zavitz family! Perry will be sadly missed by his Old Autos family. What an amazing person and what a remarkable life. I feel so lucky that I got to know him.
May 26, 2020, 9:38 pm
Perry was the writer and historian I always longed to be. He always shared so freely of his knowledge, always took time for a chat, and was humble even though his work stood above us all. I will miss him. My deepest sympathies to his family.
May 27, 2020, 1:25 am
Dear Janine, Michael & Families,
Please accept our loving condolences at this time. We are so glad that we got to have a brief face-to-face conversation with your Dad last September at Westmount Gardens. He was a kind, gentle and generous man.
Brian & Linda (in Thailand)
May 30, 2020, 10:21 am
Dear Jeanine, Michael And Family: Please accept my heartfelt Sympathy in the Loss of your Dad. He was a very Special Gentle Man! Just know you are in my thoughts and prayers at this difficult time.
With Love And Kind Regards,
June 4, 2020, 1:08 pm
Dear Jeanine and Michael,
Our deepest sympathy to you and your families for the loss of your father and grandfather!
We have lost a good friend! We have wonderful memories of his wonderful gentle person and especially his intelligence and sense of humor.
Thank you for tracking us down to let us know.
On the day of his passing, we were taking a walk and wondering how he was doing, and saddened that we had lost touch.Healing thoughts and prayers going your way,
Mary and James Dombeck.
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