Norbert  Pestana's Memorial

Norbert Pestana
(1930 - 2010)


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Name: Norbert Pestana
Nick Name: Knobby
Gender: Male
Age: 79 years old
Lived: Saturday, 21 June 1930 - Wednesday, 19 May 2010

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Please join Knobby's family & friends on Wednesday, June 23rd , at 1pm at the Longmeadow Golf Club, 165 Havilah St., Lowell, Ma for a memorial-life celebration luncheon.

Norbert "Knobby" Pestana, 79, passed away suddenly on May 19, 2010, after suffering from a stroke at his “snowbird” home in Lake Havasu City, AZ.,  


Born June 21, 1930, in Tewksbury, Massachusetts, , Knobby was the youngest of eight children born to Manuel and Hilda Pestana.  He joined the Air Force after graduating from high school and met and married his first wife, Vera Reinertson (who predeceased him in 2001).  He traveled in military service from Alaska to South America and throughout the United States. Both of his children, Mark and Lisa,  were born during his tour of duty in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, 1957-1960.  Upon retiring from active military duty, Mr. Pestana and his family settled back in his hometown of Tewksbury, where he continued to work as an Air Force Recruiter, attaining the rank of Master Sergeant before retiring after nearly 30 years with the USAF.

Knobby then embarked on another government career, with the US Postal Service, working as a letter-carrier until eventually retiring for good in 1992.  After that, he began wintering in Arizona and eventually spending half year each in Lake Havasu and Massachusetts.  

 In 2002, he married Wanda and enjoyed an active social life with family & friends  both in Lake Havasu City and here in Massachusetts.  Knobby was known for his good nature, big heart and ability to talk to anyone, anytime about just about anything.

An avid golfer, he belonged to the Long Meadow Golf Course in Lowell as well as the London Bridge and the Lake Havasu Golf clubs in Arizona. He was a member of the Tewksbury Elks Club as well as the Lions Club. 

He is survived by his daughter, Lisa Rubens and her husband ,Peter; his son, Mark Pestana and his wife, Lori; 5 grandchildren, and 3 great-grandchildren; and his second wife, Wanda.





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Dear Mark & Lisa, So very sorry to hear of your Dad's passing. Your Dad was always a warm, pleasant and funny guy ...
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Rest in Peace<3
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Dad, know that I will always love you and cherish memories of the time I spent with you. Remembering all the times w...
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Dad: Today, as I establish this website to honor you, I also light this candle. This candle represents the undying ...


Fathers Name: Manuel Pestana
Mothers Name: Hilda Alves
Spouse's Name: Predeceased by Vera Pestana (2001)
Children's Names: Mark Pestana and Lisa Rubens
Siblings Names: Predeceased by Henry, Albert, William, "Duffy", and Josephine. Survived by Olga ("Rita") Gagan and Mabel Greenhalgh
City of Residence: Hometown - Tewksbury, MA
Marital Status: Widowed


Favourite Sport: Golf
Favourite Team: Red Sox, Patriots and Celtics


Place of Passing: Las Vegas, NV
Date of Passing: 19 May 2010
Cause of Passing: stroke
Type of Funeral: Memorial Luncheon - Please Join Us
Funeral Location: Longmeadow Golf Club @ 1pm 165 Havilah St In Lowell, MA
Funeral Date: 23 June 2010

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