Norman Nunes, 96

World War II Veteran

Centerville – Norman Nunes, 96 of Centerville, passed away peacefully at his home on April 18, 2017. He is survived by his beloved wife of 72 years, Donna S. (Lombard) Nunes.

Norman was born in Harwich, MA on April 4, 1921 to the late Manual and Julia (Rose) Nunes. He graduated from Harwich High School in 1939 and went on to work for a defense plant in Connecticut. In November 1942 he entered the Air Force where he served as a tail gunner on a B24 during World War II. On a bombing mission his plane was struck by enemy fire and he was forced to parachute at night landing behind enemy lines in China. In time, he made his way back through underground. He was honorably discharged as Staff Sergeant on November 14, 1945 with two Purple Hearts, Air Medal, and the Distinguished Flying Cross.

After working over 30 years for H.P. Hood & Sons, he retired as the District Manager for Cape Cod and the Islands. He also served on the Board of the Harwich Finance Committee in which he became chairman. For many years he served as a member of the Board of the Bass River Savings Bank and the Board of Cape Cod Hospital.

Norman greatly loved his wife and family. Family was important to him and always came first. He was there to listen, help, and be our rock. He enjoyed cooking, especially Sunday and holiday dinners. He was a huge fan of the Boston Red Sox, Celtics and N.E. Patriots.

Norman leaves the love of his life, his wife, Donna S. Nunes. He also leaves his five children, Norman J. of Harwich, Charles K. of Centerville, Barry H. of Harwich, Stephen C. of So. Dennis, and a daughter Susan J. Nunes of Centerville. He is also survived by his loving sister, Joan (Jake) Weaver of Bristow, VA. He leaves his adoring four grandchildren, eight great grandchildren, and two great-great grandchildren along with many wonderful nieces, nephews and cousins.

He was predeceased by his siblings, Dr. Howard Nunes, Attorney James Nunes, Virginia Foollett and Emily Rogers.

In lieu of flowers donations may be made to the American Heart Association, 300 5th Ave. #6, Waltham, MA 02451. He leaves us all with loving and lasting memories! He will be greatly missed by family and friends!

Visiting Hours will be 4:00 – 7:00 pm Friday, April 21st at John-Lawrence Funeral Home, 3778 Falmouth Rd., Marstons Mills, MA. A funeral mass will be celebrated 10:00 a.m. Saturday at Our Lady of Victory Church, 230 S. Main St., Centerville. Burial will follow at Oak Ridge Cemetery, Rt. 134, So. Dennis. For online guestbook and directions, please visit
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