Rod had been seriously ill for some time.
He was a valued senior member on stampboards, posting daily, and mentored very many members here, and I've known him for over 40 years.
Rod made near 4000 posts here in his 10 years membership, and his super detailed stamp knowledge and images posted here, will live on forever -
Margo and I had lunch with he and Madel in Cairns in latter 2019.
A great man - an Encyclopaedia of stamp knowledge, that he was always ready to share here. Our condolences to Madel and his children, and family. R.I.P. Rod Perry.
Re funeral, given the current COVID regulations, re numbers possible under Federal law, (10) and the Queensland state lock down, ad 14 day isolation etc, and almost no flights to Cairns anyway, further advice will be posted here, if one takes place - which seems unlikely, due to those factors.
A lifetime trade colleague will add a summary of Rod's wonderful career on this thread later on. Rod was a past President of APTA, and ran our biggest stamp auction for many years. He had the vision and resources to expand and overhaul the superb ACSC Catalogue series.
Rod also was a keen collector all his life, and won a FIP Grand Prix D'Exhibition Award, and Gold Medals for his material. His collection of Victoria was truly world class.
Rest In Peace Rod, in that great cover hoard in the sky.
A very sad loss for the hobby, and one the GREAT characters and Gentlemen of the stamp business.
Farewell Rod - Glen and Margo
Rod and Madel built the most talked about home in the history of Australia Philately, in 75 acres of World Heritage Rainforest in the remote Daintree wilderness - ALKIRA. The swimming pool was shaped based on the famous One Pound Jimmy 2/6d Aboriginal stamp, that Rod loved the design of, as can be seen.