Final Respects To Judge Robert Perry

Bagpipes led the Washoe County Sheriff's Office Honor Guard down the aisle of a ballroom at Joe Crowley Student Union at UNR.

A sea of black and white robes filled the room.

Judges from municipal, justice, district, supreme to federal courts came to pay their final respects to Judge Robert Perry.

“There's a giant whole in the universe,” said Judge Janet Berry, a colleague and friend.

Judge Berry has known Perry since 1982.

She called him a "rock star trial lawyer, a "surfer dude."

"You've got yourself a real Dirty Harry," said retired judge Robert Rose who gave Perry his first job at the District Attorney’s office.

Rose says that observation came after Perry had been an investigator for him less than a year.

But Perry was a father too, and by all accounts he would say his greatest accomplishments were his two children, Camille and Sam.

“Its true when we had lunch together, or I’d pop my head in, that is the first thing we would talk about. And then we'd talk about his second love, the law,” says Rose.

“That summer it was a coming of age, and I am who I am today because of Robert Perry,” said Robert Woo.

Woo recalled his experience with Judge Perry as a "pleb" to Perry's upper classman at the U.S. Naval Academy.

More than 400 people came to pay their final respects to the judge who served on the district court bench since 2005.

A man known by many as someone with a brilliant mind, a clever wit, and sometimes bad hair cut.

Judge Berry referred to him as a gladiator but one who finally succumbed to chronic medical problems on December 20th of last year.

Judge Robert Perry was 68 years old.

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