Neil Pereira

Added on 1st July 2014

The Toronto Saints  Alumni Association is expecting a visit soon from Alumnus Neil Pereira. Neil went to England in 1961 after 2 years in Port Antonio, Jamaica,but hated English weather and food....girls (birds) were fine!  After emigrating  to Toronto in 1963, he found a job as a draftsman with Abitibi Paper Co, sponsored family (Mom, sister Margaret, kid brother Denis) to Toronto, lived in Scarborough, went to U. of T. for 2 years in Mechanical Engrg and married Shirley Callender in 1966, He was recruited by Boeing in 1967 to work on the 747 airplane in Seattle, finished B.S. in M.E. In 1969, he received a fellowship to Purdue Univ, Indiana and finished M.S. in M.E. in 1970 (majored in rockets and jet engines, and yes, he was a rocket scientist). He was then recruited by Chevron in San Francisco to research and develop new gasolines/oils for automotive engines.

He has lived in the San Francisco Bay Area since then and has 2 children, boy 37, girl 35. This proud citizen of Buxton left Chevron after 18 years to own and operate 2 retail flower shops (a labor of love but no $$s.),ran a landscaping business for 7 years.and became a bonsai expert. Neil was a professional snow-ski instructor in CA, UT, CO.and became a high school teacher in 2003.  He describes himself as "still lively, cool, sexy, nasty, in great shape"