Flint businessman and former Generals hockey player, Bob Perani died Sunday morning at the age of 69.
Perani was traveling on an international flight from Detroit to Tokyo when he passed away.
Friends and former hockey opponents describe him as a valued hard worker, but he also valued his community, not just in Flint, but all across Mid-Michigan.
"I think if you look at Bob, probably the hockey part of it, playing hockey part of it is probably the smallest part of his life when you look at his achievements." said Dennis Desrosier, former Bob Perani hockey opponent.
Dennis Desrosier played hockey in Saginaw during the 70's and 80's with Perani.
"He became a part of the community and Bob Perani is synonymous with hockey all over the state of Michigan, probably even Ontario and other places because of his business ventures," said Desrosier.
After his career as a goalie for the Generals, he founded Perani's Hockey World on Dort Highway in Flint. There are now 17 sporting goods stores in the United States and two in Canada since it started back in 1976.
He later bought a retirement home in Thailand, which was where he was headed when he died. Perani was planning to move back to the Mid-Michigan area and start an import-export business.
There has been no word on funeral arrangements.
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