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Guillermo "Bill" Octavio Perez Paredes

April 24, 1938 — November 29, 2022

Guillermo “Bill” Octavio Perez, 84, passed away peacefully on Tuesday, November 29, 2022. He was born April 24, 1938, in Panama City, Panama to the late Dagoberto and Ligia Cecilia Perez. Bill was the eldest of 2 brothers, the late Abelardo “Abby”, Dagoberto “Tin”, Jr, sister-in-law, Sonia and 1 adopted brother, the late Vicente Perez, father to Guillermo O. Perez Jr & Kevin Perez, grandfather to Keith Perez, and uncle to Roberto, Edwardo, Fernando, Sandra, Audrey, Candice & Jorie. He spent the last 15 years by the side of his partner and friend, Concepcion “Connie” Razo, her children, and their families. Bill’s many achievements started at a young age, graduating from both elementary and high school with honors, he was awarded a full college scholarship and thus made him the first of his family to migrate to the United States. He would go on to earn a Bachelor of Science in Math at Roosevelt University, Master of Science in Mathematics at DePaul University and over a span of 40 years, teach mathematics and computer courses to many students at various universities. Unrelenting and committed to his work, Bill was awarded the “Outstanding New US Citizen of 1973”, “1974 Outstanding Young Person” and the “1983 Hispanic Man of the Year”. Never forgetting where he came from, Bill joined and participated in the Panamanian folkloric dance group which displayed his love and passion for his country Panama and from 1990 t0 1999, he would direct the Folkloric Dance group “Panama En Chicago”. Over the years, Bill has played a vital role in growing the Latino electoral franchise in Chicago. His most profound accomplishment has been in voter registration and education. Working with the Chicago Election Board since the 1970’s, Bill built and maintained relations with scores of Latino leaders, and community organizations, from local chambers of commerce to the U.S. Hispanic Leadership Institute. He is recognized as the calm, professional spokesman on election matters in all Spanish-language media and was recognized and awarded the “2009 Latino Professional Leader of the Year”. In 2019, on his 81st birthday, Bill’s many life achievements were also recognized in a resolution by the Mayor of Chicago and City Council of the City of Chicago, for his many personal and professional accomplishments and contributions to the city throughout his lifetime. Bill will always be known for the remarkable suits and ties he wore every day, his captivating life stories, passion for numbers and sudoku puzzles, reading, love of dancing salsa, being an accomplished chess player, leader, and trail blazer to the Latino community, and for his love and devotion to those around him. In lieu of flowers please donate to Cancer Northwestern. Memorial Services will be held on Friday, December 2 from 10-12 Noon at Richard Modell Funeral Home, 5725 S. Pulaski Rd. Inurnment will be held at Our Lady of Mercy Cemetery in Doral, Florida, Building 1 GRD-33 for more information please call 773-767-4730
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