Joaquin Jack Pereira Jr., 25, of Taunton, formerly of Raynham and Easton, an honorable US Army veteran, died Tuesday, Oct.. 1, 2013. He was the companion of Ashley Crowell of Melrose. Born in Brockton on Aug. 20, 1988, a son of Joaquin Pereira of Taunton and his companion Catherine (McDougall) Gilmore and Tammy (Sprague) Gallagher and her husband Kevin of Raynham, he was raised and educated in Easton and Raynham and was a 2007 graduate of Bridgewater Raynham High School and attended classes at both Massasoit and Bridgewater State University. Joaquin enlisted in the US Army in Oct. of 2008, and served 2 tours of duty in both Operation Iraqi Freedom in Iraq and Operation Enduring Freedom in Afghanistan with the 182nd Infantry Regiment. Joaquin was awarded the Army Commendation Medal, Army Good Conduct Medal// National Defense Service Medal / / Afghanistan Campaign Medal with Two Campaign Stars // Global War on Terrorism Service Medal // Iraq Campaign Medal with Campaign Star // Army Service Ribbon // Overseas Service Ribbon (2nd Award) // Armed Forces Reserve Medal with M Device // Combat Action Badge // and the Driver and Mechanic Badge with Driver-Wheeled Vehicle. Upon honorable discharge from the US Army, Joaquin has served with the US Army National Guard 747 Military Police Company. A former co-captain of the Bridgewater Raynham Football team, he enjoyed his collection of baseball hats and sneaker. His hobbies included watching the Boston Bruins, fishing, cribbage and playing pool. In addition to his parents and his companion, he is survived by his brothers and sisters, Aaliyah Rose Pereira of Franklin, Meredith Gallagher and Madyson Gallagher of Raynham, Laura Gallagher of Fla., Christopher Gallagher of Middleboro, and Patrick Gallagher of Plymouth; his paternal grandparents, Manuel and Idilia Pereira of Easton and Carol Sprague of Brockton and her late husband Calvin; and several aunts, uncles, and cousins. Visiting hours were on Monday, Oct. 7, from 4 - 8 p.m. in Kane Funeral Home & Cremation Services, 605 Washington Street, (Rte.138) Easton. A funeral Mass was held on Tuesday, Oct. 8, at 11 a.m.in the Holy Cross Church, 225 Purchase Street, Easton. Interment with military honors in the Massachusetts National Cemetery, Bourne at 1:30 p.m. Due to floral restrictions at the cemetery donations in Joaquins memory may be sent to Mass Military Heros Fund, 727 Atlantic Ave, 3rd Floor, Boston, MA. 02111. For directions or condolences please visit www.kanefuneralhome.com.
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Kane Funeral Home & Cremation Services
605 Washington St (Rte. 123) Easton, MA 02375
Published in Raynham Call from Oct. 6 to Oct. 13, 2013