Dave Perillo, IHSA Boys Volleyball Official of the Year in 2017-18, passes away at age 71

David Perillo was as noted for his prowess in the kitchen as he was for his fanaticism for all things sports, excluding the Cubs. (Photo courtesy of the Daily Herald).

David Perillo, 71, a familiar face around the Illinois high school volleyball scene and particularly in the western suburbs, passed away suddenly on May 24.

Perillo possessed a lifelong passion for the game of baseball. He volunteered countless hours to coaching little league, refereeing high school volleyball games as an IHSA official, and serving on the board for the Naperville Baseball Association.

He was named the IHSA Boys Volleyball Official of the Year for the 2017-2018 school year.

“He was a great friend to us all,” said fellow IHSA volleyball official Jackie Skryd.

A resident of Naperville since 1989, Perillo was a talented cook who enjoyed creating special dishes or his famous Perillo sauce for family, neighbors and friends. He also enjoyed gardening and growing his own vegetables to include in his meals.

Perillo enjoyed a 32-year career in the Electromotive Division of General Motors. Throughout his career, he was able to travel frequently. After retiring, he was even happier to continue to explore the world with his wife, Pam, at his side.

He was also a diehard sports fan, especially for his beloved White Sox, but cheered on all of the Chicago teams that were not from the north side.

Above all, Perillo was a true family man. He was the best dad to his kids, and “Bompo” to his grandchildren. He will be deeply missed every day and his memory will live forever in their hearts.

For those who would like to leave a lasting tribute to Perillo’s life, the family would appreciate a gift in his memory to the charity of your choice.

Visitation will be from 2:00-8:00 p.m. on Thursday, May 30, at the Friedrich-Jones Funeral Home & Cremation Services, 44 S. Mill St., Naperville. Funeral Services will be held at 10:00 a.m. on Friday, May 31, at St. John Episcopal Church, 705 Aurora Ave., Naperville.

Interment will be private.

Born on July 30, 1947 in Denver, Colorado, Perillo is survived by his beloved wife of 39 years, Pamela (nee Wilmot); his loving children, Jenny (Dejan) Duranski of Chicago, and Mickey (Kaycie) Perillo in Los Angeles, California’ four grandchildren  and a nephew.

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4 years ago

Looks like he really had a passion for a lot of things. Luckily for Illinois High Schools, refereeing Volleyball was one of those worthwhile passions and a great way to contribute.

4 years ago

Nice article. Love to hear about great people with dedication to the sport.