Vale Michael Perry, much-loved IT guru

Rest in peace Michael Perry.

It’s with deep sadness that we report the unexpected passing of Michael Perry, who died on 12 May 2020.

Affectionately known by his colleagues as “Grumpy”, he was a kind and gentle soul who could be a little gruff at times and that’s why he earned the nickname “Grumpy” which he thought was hilarious. 

The total professional was a long-standing employee of NSW Health, commencing in the purchasing department at the former Wentworth Area Health Service in 1996 and working most recently as an asset management officer with Digital Health Services.

Many staff who have ordered IT equipment would have spoken to Michael and experienced his wonderful wit.

“Michael had an extraordinary work ethic. His knowledge, patience and dedication earned him the respect of both colleagues and the many suppliers he interacted with in the course of his duties,” Digital Health Solutions manager Michele Manz said.

Michele said Michael was a true gentleman whose great loves were his family, books and cooking.

“His co-workers suspected he didn’t do a great deal of cooking but often brought in cook books which he strategically placed on a colleague’s desk in the hope they would cook the dish for him,” Michele said.

“He will be deeply missed by many people who had the pleasure of knowing him.  He had a great sense of humour and loved participating in all social club activities, especially when it involved dressing up.”

We extend our deepest sympathy to Michael’s family and friends.