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Obituary for Manuel Pereira
Manuel Pereira, 84, passed away peacefully on August 17th, 2022 surrounded by his loving family. Manuel leaves behind his best friend and love of his life of 60 years Bertilde Pereira. He was a loving father to his son, Carlos Pereira and his wife Holly, and to his daughter, Augusta Fialho and her husband Luis. He was also a devoted grandfather to Randi Valentini (husband Mario), Kaycee, Alyssa, Luis, and Lia, and a cherished great-grandfather to Jayden and Luka. He also leaves behind many loving siblings: Americo Pereira (Zeza), Conceicao Olmos (Abilio), Fatima Ferreira (Luis), Dulce Cruz (Jose), Alcino Pereira (Anjo), Amelia Correia (Manuel), Helena Henriques and Antonio Pereira. His several siblings-in-law Zira, Helena (Alcino), Dina (Helder), Mila( late: Eduardo) Leonor, and many godchildren, nieces, nephews, cousins, friends and neighbors all feel his loss. Manuel was predeceased by parents Antonio Pereira and Maria Alves and brother Ilidio Pereira. Manny was born in Oura, Portugal on October 3, 1937. During his storied and often difficult life he would work as a baker, factory worker, construction worker, guard and custodian – he never ceased in trying to make a better life for him and his family. As the first in his family to immigrate to the United States, Manny was the one who paved the way for his children and siblings to enjoy their own wonderful lives in the country he always knew he would come to. Once here, Manny was a pillar in the community who would work tirelessly on his flourishing garden and fruit trees until they became the center of summer lunches and neighborhood gifts. A particular pride of his was his beloved fig tree, a now grand and inspiring tree that stands as a testament to his hard work and love for this earth. He was notorious for his stories, seemingly endless tales that his beloved grandchildren all grew up listening to. He was a man who would recount a time as a child when he had no food to eat but tell the story with a smile, a glass of his homemade wine, and a plate of presunto he was cutting for you as he spoke. Manny loved the beach, he loved puzzles, he loved music, and he loved people. Most of all, Manny loved his family dearly; he would often remark, with a smile and a toothpick, “I have the best family in the world.” A liturgy of Christian burial will be held at 11am on Monday August 22 at Our Lady of Fatima Parish. There will be no calling hours as the family has requested a private burial and Ludlow Funeral Home has been entrusted with his arrangements. Words cannot express how thankful the family is to the dedicated and compassionate care received by the doctors, nurses and staff at Baystate MICU and ER during these last difficult days. The CMO Team stayed with Manuel and his family to the last minute, and their genuine empathy and care will forever be appreciated.