Bob Perry was 74.
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An appreciation: Swampscott’s Bob Perry was strictly old school

SWAMPSCOTT — Former Selectman Robert E. "Bob" Perry was a townie if there ever was one. 

Normally, says Thomas H. Driscoll, Essex County Clerk of Courts, the term “townie” has a negative connotation — meaning a person whose entire life is focused on the square mileage that makes up a town like Swampscott. 

Not so, though; Driscoll says Perry, who died Friday, Jan. 7 at age 74, was passionate about local politics and a throwback to an era that defined the late Thomas P. "Tip"  O’Neill's remark that "all politics is …

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