John  Pereira

John P. Pereira Jr.

Monday, May 6th, 2019
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John P. Pereira, Jr., 83, beloved husband for 63 years of Carmelia (Leandro) Pereira, of Elizabeth Dr., Pawcatuck, passed away at his home on Monday, May 6, 2019.

Born in St. Michael, Azores, Portugal, he was the son of the late Irene and John P. Pereira, Sr.

John was the owner and operator of John Pereira Plumbing and Heating and a communicant of St. Michael Church. He was an avid fisherman as well as a Benfica soccer fan who was also an accomplished soccer player in his younger days.
Combining his talent as a builder with his devotion to his family, John proudly built several homes for his children. He was always willing to lend a helping hand and will be deeply missed by his family.

He leaves behind his loving wife Carmelia and their four children, Carmelia Pereira-Occhialini of Griswold, CT, Suzanne Leandro of Warwick, RI and, Jeannie Riley and John P. Pereira, III, both of Pawcatuck. John is also survived by his sister Irene Currier of East Providence; eight grandchildren; three great grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.

Visiting hours will be held on Thursday from 4-7pm at Gaffney-Dolan Funeral Home, 59 Spruce St., Westerly. A Funeral Liturgy will take place at 1pm on Friday at St. Mary’s Church, 95 Main St., Stonington. There is no procession from the funeral home to church. Burial will follow at St. Michael Cemetery, Pawcatuck. For online condolences please visit
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Service Details

  • Visitation

    Thursday, May 9th, 2019 | 4:00pm - 7:00pm
    Thursday, May 9th, 2019 4:00pm - 7:00pm
    Gaffney-Dolan Funeral Home
    59 Spruce Street
    WESTERLY, RI 02891
    Get Directions: View Map | Text | Email
  • Service

    Friday, May 10th, 2019 | 1:00pm
    Friday, May 10th, 2019 1:00pm
    St. Mary's Church
    95 Main Street
    STONINGTON, CT 06378
    Get Directions: View Map | Text | Email
  • Interment

    St. Michael Cemetery
    PAWCATUCK, CT 06379


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Barbara Long

Posted at 07:28pm
Our deepest sympathies to Carmelia, and all the members of Johns family. John was a wonderful, caring person and a generous friend. I always enjoyed speaking with him and sharing a laugh. His voice and accent reminded me of my own dad. Rest in peace John and may you catch a nice fish on calm seas. Wayne, Barbara, Jessica, Chris and Gina

Lina Carreiro OLeary

Posted at 03:43pm
Without words at the loss of this guy. My Padrinho and Padrinho to my siblings and cousins. Always a sense of humor and quick wit. So many fond memories….you will forever be in my heart. Wishing you nothing but peace….until we see each other again. Love you always. Lina

Nancy (DeMoura) Lamb & family

Posted at 04:31pm
My sincere condolences to Carmelia, and to all of John's family and friends. John has been a friend of mine (and my family) for over 10 years now. I became acquainted through our many conversations in church at St Michael's and St. Mary's. Every now and then he'd come by to visit my husband, my son & I at our home in Pawcatuck, often times with sweet bread in tow. Always genuine, always kind, always caring... I will miss seeing my friend. May heaven embrace John, and may peaceful reminders of the loving memories you all shared, provide you with comfort.

Amanda Blaisdell

Posted at 11:16pm
I know I’ve met you years ago, but your family has been so wholesome and wholeheartedly apart of my own, as well. You were a great man, deep beyond words and just know you are truly missed. Lost but never forgotten! ... Viver a vida no alto do céu como você será realmente perdido ❤️
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Cherrie Buscher

Posted at 07:12pm
To the family: I am very sorry to hear of the passing of John. My prayers to you all. He was a very nice man and will be remembered by all that new him. Sincerely, Cherrie Buscher and Dawn Keeney

Walt Dorego Posted at 09:30pm

My heart is with you and our family. He has left us, but he will be greeted by all who loved him RIP Uncle John.. Love, Walter

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