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Partnership with brother maintained Midas touch

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Tony Pereira III, co-owner and vice president of Midas Hawaii, died Aug. 11 in Bradenton, Fla. He was 62.

Pereira, who suffered from complications of pancreatic cancer, had been receiving treatment in Bradenton. His death marked the 32nd anniversary of when he and brother Robert — now the company’s co-owner and president — took control of Midas Hawaii. The brothers bought the business from their father, Tony Pereira II, in 1978. Midas has 11 shops in Hawaii.

The brothers were not only business partners but best friends. "The two of them were like bread and jelly," said Robert Pereira’s wife, Dianne.

Tony Pereira was born in Oakland, Calif., and raised in Fremont. He attended Ohlone College and served four years in the Air Force. He was an accomplished accordionist who performed professionally in Fremont with his brother in their early years.

Pereira also was an avid golfer and a longtime member of the Honolulu Country Club.

Family members described him as kind and supportive. "I don’t think the man had an enemy on earth," his sister-in-law said. "He would help anybody with everything."

Pereira is survived by his wife, Jeannine Hippchen-Pereira; brother Robert; sister Roxanne Mummert; nephew Daniel Pereira; and nieces Malorie and Lara Mummert.

A memorial service will be held from 6 to 9 p.m. Wednesday at the Honolulu Country Club, 1690 Ala Puumalu St. No flowers. Donations are suggested to the American Cancer Society or Tidewell Hospice at 5955 Rand Blvd., Sarasota, FL 34238 to benefit the Bradenton Hospice House.

 

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