Jamie Perko was a loving and loyal son, brother and friend, his brother, Nickey Perko, said.
“He had a smile that was contagious. He had a sense of humor that was priceless,” he said. “He was a trickster and a master of impersonations.”
Jamie Perko, 44, of Highland, died April 23. He was a 1987 graduate of Highland High School and attended Indiana University, Bloomington. He worked for Majestic Star Casino, Gary.
He was known as the “Cable TV Sports Guy,” covering Northwest Indiana high school sports from the late 1990s until 2010. He had done work for Comcast, WJOB radio and Channel 56.
He was known for being hard-working and dedicated to covering prep sports in the region.
Perko loved running his fantasy baseball and football leagues, which he did for more than two decades. He loved the Chicago Cubs, Miami Dolphins, Boston Red Sox and the Chicago Blackhawks. He was an avid fan of WWE wrestling.
He is survived by his family he loved very much. In addition to his brother, he is survived by his parents, Mary Lou and Nick Perko, and his sister, Starr Ann Roth.
Nickey Perko said family members felt blessed they could see him on a daily basis and created a multitude of memories.
“Jamie was a man with a boy’s heart. Jamie was peaceful and loving,” he said. “He seemed to see the good in most people. He was the sweetest guy you could meet.”