Ernest Richard Pereira
July 30, 1934- August 3, 2017
Ernest Richard Pereira known as Richard Pereira passed away at his home on September 3, 2017 at the age of 83.
Richard was born on July 30, 1934 to Manuel and Ethel Pereira. He was raised on the family ranch and diary with his brothers Alton, Melvin and Manuel (Jr.) Pereira. He worked on the family farm and dairy with his mom, dad and brothers in his youth. Richard attended local elementary schools and graduated from Hanford High School, Class of 1953. While in High School he met the love of his life, Lucille Capote and they were married in 1955. Together they raised their three sons; Richard (Rick), Larry and Steven in Hanford. Richard worked various jobs over his working career. He worked for Producer's Cotton Gin in Lemoore, Lucern Creamery in Hanford, Tri-County Gas Company as a Butane Deliveryman, and Standard Oil & Gas Company. He finished his career at Standard Register Company in Hanford & Porterville where he worked until he retired.
Richard loved sports, playing fast pitch softball in Hanford competing as a hard throwing pitcher with pinpoint control with his son Rick catching him during many hotly contested games. He also coached his sons Little League baseball teams at the 11th Ave & Brown Street ballparks in the late 1960's and early 1970's. He loved to fish and play any kind of card or Yahtzee games, always competing to win. He was a big Hanford Bullpups fan and most of all a huge Dodger fan.
Richard leaves behind his loving family, his wife of 62 years, Lucille, his oldest son Richard (Rick) and wife Rosemarie Pereira, son Larry Pereira of St. Helens, Oregon and his youngest son Steven and wife Carrie Pereira. He also leaves his brother Manuel (Jr.) and wife Phyllis Pereira and their children Christine Pereira Avila, Michael Pereira and Jennifer Pereira Halsey and many Grand and Great-grandkids.
Richard was preceded in death by his father Manuel Pereira, mother Ethel Pereira and brothers Alton and Melvin Pereira.
Visitation for Richard will be on Monday, September 11, 2017 from 5-8pm with a rosary at 6pm at Whitehurst McNamara Funeral Home, 100 W. Bush St., Hanford. Funeral Mass will be held on Tuesday, September 12, 2017 at 12:00pm at Immaculate Heart of Mary Catholic Church, 10355 Hanford-Armona Rd, Hanford. Burial will follow at Calvary Cemetery.