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Robert Daniel Perkins

July 29, 1952 - December 22, 2021

Bob came from a family of firefighters and EMTs.

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WELLSVILLE – Robert Daniel “Bob” Perkins, 69, passed away Wednesday (December 22, 2021) at Jones Memorial Hospital in Wellsville as a result of complications of Covid-19.

Mr. Perkins was born on July 29, 1952 in North Hornell to Daniel G. and Janet M. (Livergood) Perkins. He was a 1970 graduate of Alfred-Almond Central School and later attended Alfred State College. On September 7, 1974, at Immaculate Conception Church in Wellsville, he married Bonnie J. Knepfler, who survives.

Robert spent his professional life working in the retail industry for Wellsville’s Bells Supermarket until 1993 and Wellsville’s Giant Food Mart until retirement in 2013.

In addition to his wife of 47 years, Bob is survived by two daughters, Bridget (Brian) Makeley of Wellsville and Diane (Stephen III) Jarbeck of Hornell; six siblings, Richard (Marjorie) Perkins of Andover, James (Maryjane) Perkins of Fillmore, Teresa Carlin of Wellsville, Kathy (Tom) Conner of Andover, Karl (Ellen) Perkins of Andover and Kevin (Jayme) Perkins of Bolivar; one sister-in-law, Mary Jo (Michael) Vossler of Shongo; one brother-in-law, Matthew (Sandy) Knepfler of Yorks Corners; four grandchildren, Cynthia Jarbeck, Jasmine Jarbeck, Aleacia Makeley and Stephen Jarbeck, IV; and several nieces, nephews and cousins.

Bob loved his family. By being there and supporting his family to watching sports with his wife and granddaughter Aleacia. His daughter Bridget fondly remembers the day her dad walked her down the aisle and shared their father/daughter dance. His daughter Diane looks back on the county fairs and country concerts they would go to as a family.

Bob came from a family of firefighters and EMTs. Through the years, he was a member of the Wellsville or Andover Volunteer Fire Departments and Ambulance Corps, most recently a member of the Emerald Hook & Ladder Company #3.

Bob was very civic minded in other ways. He was a member of the Alfred-Almond Future Farmers of America in high school, 4H group known at that time as the Elm Valley Harvesters and later was a member of the Almond Grange for many years. He was a member of the Wellsville Moose Lodge. Bob also served as a crossing guard for Wellsville Central School for many years.

Bob taught Sunday School at Immaculate Conception Church and at one time was a Eucharistic Minister there. He was very involved in the Salvation Army Church where he volunteered as a bell ringer during the Christmas season and was a Senior Soldier there, serving in many capacities.

Bob enjoyed reading and loved Bible word searches.

There will be a time of visitation on Saturday (January 15) from 11 a.m. to 12 p.m. at Baker-Swan Funeral Home in Wellsville/Scio. The memorial service will be held at the funeral home at 12:00 p.m. immediately following the visitation with Rev. Emily Stothart of the Wellsville Salvation Army officiating. Burial will take place at Woodlawn Cemetery. Online condolences may be offered at

In lieu of flowers memorial contributions in Bob’s name may be made to the Salvation Army Red Kettle fund or a Volunteer Fire Department of the donors choosing.  © 2021 Baker-Swan Funeral Home.

Saturday, January 15, 2022
11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Baker-Swan Funeral Home, Wellsville/Scio

Memorial Service:
Saturday, January 15, 2022
12:00 p.m.
Baker-Swan Funeral Home, Wellsville/Scio
Officiant: Rev. Emily Stothart

Woodlawn Cemetery, Wellsville

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14 Messages

  1. Bonnie and Family – So sorry for your loss. Bob was a good man.

  2. So sorry for your loss.

  3. So sorry for your loss. Prayers for your family.

  4. Awe so sorry to read this on the Wellsville Sun. I worked at Bells when Bob was there and he was always so pleasant. Later after I left I would still see him at Giant too. Always nice to see him and chit chat a little. What a nice man.. So sorry for your loss.

  5. My sincere condolences to Bonnie and family, as well as the Perkins family.

  6. I had the pleasure of meeting Robert at tops when I was working there. I would talk to him for hours and get yelled at for not bring the carts in to tops but he was an awesome person to chat with you big definitely be miss

  7. I am so sorry to hear of Bob’s passing. I knew him from his
    jobs at Bells and Giant. The last few years I enjoyed seeing him
    at Tops ringing the bell. I had seen him a few times this year and wondered where he was.Then I read of his passing. My thoughts and prayers to his family.

  8. Bonnie and Family, I am so very sorry to hear of Bob’s passing. He was a good man to everyone he ever met. May god comfort each and every one of you at this time. Just know that you all are in my thoughts and prayers.

  9. Bonnie, Bridget and families, I am truly sorry for your loss of Bob. We just talked a couple weeks ago while he was ringing at Tops. I am heart broken for you all. He has been such a good friend to my sister. He will surely be missed by many. The peace he is experiencing now must be so great! To know he is with God will bring you comfort, but at the same time your pain must be deep. I’m praying for strength and comfort for you all during this hard journey that you take. God bless!

  10. Prayers for Bob and his family. I worked with Bob at Bell’s many years ago he was truly a good sole may he rest in peace 🙏.

  11. Bonnie, sorry to read of Bob’s death…he was a great guy who had tons and tons of dedication to his job, family and Creator….my best to you and your family in these most difficult times we are living in.

  12. We are thinking of Bob and your family during this sad time. I’ve been reflecting on all the fun we had together as young cousins visiting the farm. Such nice memories.

  13. I am so sorry to hear of Bob’s passing. He was such a kind and caring man. We always treasured being related through my Mom and his Dad. I know he’ll be dearly missed by his family and so many more. Please accept our condolences.

  14. So sorry to hear of Bob’s passing. he was kind and gentle man that would lend an ear or hand to anyone that needed it. Although I lost touch with Bob later in life, I will remember the reunions we attended and the friendship we had.


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