Pretty stunning news from Flint: According to the Flint Journal’s Roberto Acosta, hockey entrepreneur and former Flint Generals owner and goalie Bob Perani has passed away:
Bob Perani, a former hockey player turned businessman in the Flint area whose name graces the city’s entertainment and sports arena, died at the age of 69 this morning while on an international flight from Detroit to Tokyo on his way back to his retirement home in Thailand.
“He could be serious when it was needed, but he was more of a teacher and had that type of demeanor, not only with me but my sister (Lahna Ward) and all the employees that worked for us,” said Robert Perani. “It wasn’t a boss/employee relationship. He wanted people to learn lessons in life. The things you did on the job reflected how you lived your life.”
Robert said Bob would work tireless hours in building up Perani’s Hockey World, which encompasses 17 sporting goods stores in the United States and two in Canada since it began in 1976.