Bob Perry built a homebulding company, Perry Homes, from the ground up.
He was also a major patron of the Republican Party. Between 2000 and 2010, he gave $66 million to various candidates (mostly Republican) and political action committees. He continued to make donations in 2011 and 2012, including large contributions to pro-Mitt Romney political action committees.
Admirers took to Twitter this evening to pay their respects.
Texas lost a legend today. From school teacher to homebuilder, Bob Perry changed the world. God Bless. http://t.co/ar6Q3qBqXk
— Greg Abbott (@GregAbbott_TX) April 15, 2013
Deep condolences to the family of Bob Perry, a generous philanthropist & unassuming man of faith & quiet good works. http://t.co/x2whBt2TMm
— Judge Don Willett (@JusticeWillett) April 15, 2013
Very sad to hear of the passing of Bob Perry – a very good friend of the RGA and the conservative cause: http://t.co/E6sY17UIPi
— Jon Thompson (@JonThompsonDC) April 15, 2013
Sad to hear about Bob Perry passing…a good man and a great American.
— Nick Ryan (@NicholasTRyan) April 15, 2013
RIP Bob Perry, a man more generous to our cause than any other. His kindness and humility were so impressive considering his stature #txlege
— DavidPSawyer (@DavidPSawyer) April 15, 2013
— John Weaver (@jwgop) April 15, 2013
Bob Perry knew that the purpose of life is to make it make a difference. I was truly honored to be one of the many he supported.
— Justice Jeff Boyd (@JeffBoydTX) April 15, 2013
Rest in peace, Mr. Perry.