Friday, November 8, 2013

Robert "Rob" DePerna, BHS 1970

Robert "Rob" DePerna, BHS 1970

Robert "Rob" DePerna, BHS '70, passed away Tuesday night, November 5, 2013, after a short battle with pancreatic cancer. Rob was retired from the Camera Departments of the studios, where he had worked as an Electrician and as a Gaffer. He lived in Santa Monica.

While growing up in Burbank Rob attended Horace Mann Elementary, John Muir Junior High, as well as BHS with all of us. Among suvivors are his four children, his five grandchildren, and his two younger brothers, Ronald DePerna (BHS '74), and Raymond DePerna, also a BHS alum. The oldest brother, Richard "Rich" DePerna (BHS '67), who was a founder of the rock band, 'Boston Tea Party', passed away in 2003.
Funeral arrangements are pending, according to Rob's second daughter, Colleen DePerna. Anyone wishing to contact Rob's family may do so by e-mailing Colleen DePerna at

Some of you have read the news of Rob's death on Facebook in the last two days, but this notice is going to 227 members of the Class of '70 so the majority of our class will be aware of Rob's passing. With Rob's passing there are now 45 of our classmates from BHS '70, that we know of, who are deceased. Our sympathy goes to Rob's family from the entire BHS Class of '70.

Alan Landros

Joyce Starleaf

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