Born on October 30, 1932 in Chicago. Illinois
Departed on September 6, 2020 in Palm Bay, Florida
On Sunday, September 6, 2020, Ralph Sigward Perers passed away at the age of 87 after a long struggle with Parkinson’s Disease. Ralph was born to Sara and Eric Perers in Chicago Illinois. He received his bachelor’s degree from the University of Illinois and his Master’s in Business Administration from Northwestern University. Ralph served in the United States Army stationed in Puerto Rico.
He moved to Melbourne Beach Florida in 1968 and founded American Business Interiors, which just celebrated its 50th anniversary and proudly remains a family business today. ABI was a lifelong passion for him, he loved the people he worked with and the community that he engaged meaningfully with. He was a proud board member of many local organizations including, Eastern Florida State College, The United Way, and Junior Achievement where he was honored as a Laureate inductee to the Business Hall of Fame. In his retirement he stayed active as a SCORE mentor, sharing his passion supporting small business owners. Ralph was proud of his Swedish descent and remained close to his extended family in Sweden.
Ralph was preceded in death by his father and mother and his beloved brother Roger. He is survived by his wife Susan Perers, and his children Sara Perers Zimmardi, Kristin Perers, Robert Perers, Scott Freeland and Jennifer Glass, 10 grandchildren, and many nieces and nephews who all loved him dearly.
Virtual services will be at St. Anthony the Great Church, 5pm-7pm on Wednesday Sept 9th.
Donations in his memory may be made to: St. Anthony the Great, P O Box 267, Melbourne, FL 32902 or The Perers Health Sciences Institute Scholarship of Eastern Florida State College.
from Merritt Island wrote on September 27, 2020:
I am sharing my profound respect for Ralph, as a boss, as a businessman, as a neighbor, as a friend, and as a kind, generous human being. My heartfelt prayers of goodness and love to his family; may your memories carry you with grace through this time of loss.
Michael and Janet Gorczynski
from Palm Bay wrote on September 10, 2020:
We are so sorry to hear of the passing of Ralph. May his memory be eternal. We will always remember talking with him after church and having a good laugh.
from atlanta wrote on September 9, 2020:
Rest in peace grandpa, We miss you so much
from Westwood wrote on September 9, 2020:
May Ralph’s memory be eternal. Sending all our love and prayers to Susan and all the family. Ralph was always present at St. Anthony’s as an important part of the church family. He will be sadly missed. Subdeacon Jim, Valerie & family
Linda Rose-McRoy and Jean McRoy
from Monroe, WA wrote on September 9, 2020:
We are sad, today, remembering the Uncle who gave us so much assistance so many times. We love you Uncle Ralph, and you will be missed.
Alix M. Hall
from Melbourne, FL wrote on September 8, 2020:
Ralph was a very special person. I am having trouble thinking of Saint Anthony the Great without him. When I first came to the church not knowing anyone, Ralph was there and we would talk about my Swedish grandfather. May his memory be eternal.
from Nashville wrote on September 8, 2020:
From myself and my family we are sad to hear the loss of Ralph. It was a pleasure to know and to work for his company 19 years. He will surely be missed. R.I.P Ralph
Gene and Betty Popow
from SEBASTIAN wrote on September 8, 2020:
Dearest Susan and Family,
We offer our deepest condolences on the passing of Ralph. May he rest in peace, and his memory be eternal.
Much Love to all,
Gene and Betty Popow
Greg & Michelle Kuzmits
from Melbourne wrote on September 7, 2020:
Ralph was an amazing husband, father, friend and an exceptional human being. A great soul, may he rest in peace and his memory be eternal until ages of ages. Amen. Greg & Michelle Kuzmits
from Inkster wrote on September 7, 2020:
On behalf of myself and family in Inkster Michigan I would like to offer my most deepest and sincere condolences to the Perers Family Ralph was a sweetheart of man and will be deeply missed. Susan you are in our hearts as well as our thoughts and prayers. I remember how much Ralph enjoyed when my wife Mary would make her Swedish coffee ring as well as the Swedish Lucia buns. Ralph you will always be our hearts may your memory be forever eternal....
Love & Prayers,
The Valance family & The McKinney family in Inkster, Michigan
from Rockledge wrote on September 7, 2020:
To the family of Ralph Perers, condolences on the loss of your husband, father and grandfather. He led a great life and contributed generously to his community.