He grew up in South Pasadena with his parents and his brother, John Sloan. He completed his undergraduate studies at Stanford in 1948 and completed his law degree at Stanford in 1951. During this time he married and had two sons, John Robert and Mark Alan. He later married Katherine Williams in 1958. They had a son, Robert Perkins Jr., and a daughter, Katherine Marie.
He worked as general counsel for G. W. Williams & Co. and Williams & Burrows Inc. from 1954 to 1969. He then started his own construction company, R.P. Berryman Co., with his wife, Katie, as his equal. He built homes, apartments and commercial properties on the Peninsula.
He was preceded in death by his wife of 50 years, Katherine, in 2009.
He is survived by his sons, John (Yvonne), Mark (Jacqueline) and Bob Jr. (Anna); daughter, Kathie (Frank); grandchildren, Laura, Linda, Curtis and Clifford Berryman; Katie and Andy Woolard; and Amannda Armanini; as well as a niece.
A rosary will be held May 11 at 7 p.m. at Crosby-N. Gray Funeral Home in Burlingame. A service celebrating his life will be held May 12 at 9:30 a.m. at St. Bartholomew's Church in San Mateo. Donations may be made to the San Francisco Opera, the San Francisco Symphony or Angel Flight West.
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