Memorial for visionary developer Russel Perry

A MEMORIAL service for former Yanchep developer Russel Perry will take place at HBF Stadium tomorrow.

The service to celebrate Dr Perry’s life will start at 1.30pm at the stadium in Mt Claremont.

Tributes from across Perth have flowed since he died on July 12, including some from community groups he helped establish in Yanchep while he was chief executive of Capricorn Village Joint Venture.

Two Rocks Yanchep Culture and Arts Network (TRYCAN) chairwoman Pam Annesley said Dr Perry once told her he was “a man that wore two hats”.

“One was for Capricorn Village Joint Venture but the larger I think was for the community,” she said.

“He was indeed a man of great vision and commitment to art, culture and heritage in the Two Rocks and Yanchep area.

“He inspired and encouraged me as chair of TRYCAN to help to save the Mary Lindsay Homestead and promote local art activities.”

Fellow TRYCAN committee member Barbara Morgan (Yates Rothwell) said Dr Perry was “an unusual developer”.

“His interest in community growth ran alongside his need to sell houses, and he made no secret of this,” she said.

“As a result, TRYCAN came into being and, under his guidance, began to make a real difference to art-oriented and community-minded residents of Yanchep and Two Rocks.

“I came to know him well when I asked him to launch my autobiography, A Fragment of Life, a few years ago.

“His assessment of it was gratifying, and his friendship was valued by me, as it was by all the members of the committee,” she said.