Bernard James Perano (Story from Whitby Newsbrief, December 2012 pg 20)
Plimmerton lost a good friend last month with the death of Bernard (Bernie) James Perano, a member of the well-known Perano family who have been associated with whaling, Cook Strait and maritime sector in New Zealand for generations.
Bernie died on November 8, aged 70. He lived in Titahi Bay but has a close association with Plimmerton, more recently building the Matau waterfront promenade seats which were installed last year.
|A master boat builder, with a pedigree of wooden boat building, Bernie worked at Mana College during the 1970s for several years as a woodwork teacher before retiring.|
|Right: Two of four sailing boats built at Mana College in the late 1970s by evening class enthusiasts under instruction from Bernie Perano. Funding was also made available for remedial college students to build their own sailing boat and a further 4-oar row boat was also constructed. One of the boats pictured is still used around Days Bay in Wellington and the other sails on the Waitemata Harbour.|