By COLlive reporter
Mr. Bernard – Berel Perrin, a businessman and baal tzedakah from Manchester, UK who merited to have a close relationship with the Rebbe, passed away on Friday, 16 Tammuz, 5782.
Bernard was a businessman and a supporter of Chabad in England, whose father, R’ Shlomo Perrin, was a London furrier who came from a family which was close to Lubavitch for generations.
He told how his father visited New York to visit the Rebbe, and from then became a staunch follower of the Rebbe, and subsequently, he did as well. Both he and his father merited to receive advice in business from the Rebbe many times.
His father was a major supporter of Lubavitch of London in its formative years and had a close relationship with the chossid Reb Itche the Masmid who would visit their home in London.
Bernard was a resident of Manchester, and was a staunch supporter of Chabad and involved in the Chabad activities in the city.
At the Rebbe’s request, he was the sole supporter of the building of a mikveh for men in Manchester.
He told: “When I agreed to take on this project, the Rebbe took out thirty English pounds – three ten-pound notes – and gave the money to me, saying “This is from me.” And then he brought out another thirty, saying, “And this is from the Rebbetzin … You must pay the rest, but I would prefer that nobody else participates. The Rebbetzin and I will be your only partners in this endeavor.”
“When I undertook to do it, I didn’t know what would be involved in building a mikveh according to Lubavitch specifications. It proved quite complicated, and it took years in planning and execution. As I agreed, I paid for the whole of it myself and I named it the Shlomo Perrin Mikveh after my father, who would have been very proud to be associated with this or any of the Rebbe’s undertakings.”
Bernard funded a bi-lingual edition of the Tanya, also at the Rebbe’s request. The Rebbe gave him very specific instructions about who should print the book and how it should be printed, he said. The project was done together with Rabbi Nachman Sudak, Hershel Gorman, and Zalmon Jaffe, and took six years to complete.
When the book was published, the Rebbe held a special farbrengen at Chabad Headquarters in celebration, and he gave each person on the publishing committee a signed copy.
He is survived by his wife, Mrs. Hilda Perrin, and children Mrs. Yvonne Klein – Manchester, Mrs. Debra Bergson – Manchester, Mr. Alan Perrin – London, and Dr. Raymond Perrin – Manchester.
The Levaya took place on Friday.
Baruch Dayan Ha’emes.