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Published:Apr 26, 2012

Event Date:Apr 25, 2012

 

William Pearson

PEARSON, WILLIAM THOMAS 'BILL' The community of Meaford was saddened to lose one of its most stalwart supporters and advocates on Tuesday April 17, 2012. Bill Pearson, born in Brantford on March 29, 1935, a son of the late Reginald Thomas and Ida Ruth (née Edwards) Pearson, passed away peacefully and with his family at his bedside at Meaford Hospital. Bill's death followed a lengthy journey through his illness during which time, with the tremendous assistance of the health care team of workers, he was able to remain in his home as he so wished relishing his time with his much loved wife and family. Bill and his wife, the former Glenda Ayres, met in Brantford and were wed on July 21, 1956, and began a loving and adventuresome life together. Moving to Mount Pleasant next to a fish hatchery, Bill became employed there where his interest in all things nature was peaked. While there, Bill and Glenda established and began to raise their family with daughter Sue, followed by son Bill and later, daughter Laurie. Desirous of a career involving the outdoors, Bill graduated as a Game Warden and Conservation Officer from the school of forestry at Dorset in 1963 and relocated with his young family to Meaford in December of that year. He will be remembered as a dedicated Conservation Officer, a career which he thoroughly enjoyed and often shared with his family. As the family matured, and his son Bill became involved in minor hockey, Bill's interest and talent as a leader became evident as he became a coach, chair of minor hockey programs, and President of the Meaford Amateur Athletic Association. He was a strong advocate for values instilled through minor sports in the community. One of his treasured memories was managing a Juvenile team with Tom Sims who coached a group of dedicated young Meaford hockey athletes, many of whom continue to support youth sport in their community today, who were successful in winning the 1972-73 Ontario Juvenile B Championship. From that experience, and recognizing the intrinsic values and joys of the sport, he and a group of dedicated Meaford men established the Meaford Monarchs Jr. C hockey club which was enjoyed by fans in Meaford and area for several years. Later, when others in Bill's family elected to coach hockey, Bill was there to assist as manager and continued to support them, their teams, and the MAAA. Bill was a member of the Meaford Volunteer Fire Department for many years until heart issues prevented him from continuing. He and Glenda developed an interest in travel and, with several local friends and neighbours, enjoyed time both in the south during the winter and at Sauble Beach during the summers. Always with the need to be busy and productive, Bill was also a keen modeler who excelled at crafting both watercraft, including his working replica of the Spume, and airplanes and he with others of similar interest joined the Owen Sound Barnstormer Flying Club. Bill continued to support his community by serving as a Town Councillor for two terms beginning in 1985 and then as Mayor of Meaford for six years beginning in December 1991 during which time he was instrumental in assuring that the Meaford Hospital remained a vital part of the community. Again, it was Bill's weakening heart which necessitated that he should step down from that position because it was in the best interest not only of himself but also of the community which he felt required a leader uncompromised by health issues. Those same health matters required that he should retire from the Ministry of Natural Resources as well and that Ministry valued Bill's contributions so much so that when a new watercraft was required, it was named the W. T. Pearson in his honour. During his retirement Bill continued to support the people in the community by volunteering as a driver for the Cancer Society ensuring that patients could attend their appointments in Owen Sound, London and Toronto. Together with a local group of fans, he was a regular attendee at the OHL Owen Sound Platers (now Attack) games in Owen Sound and he enjoyed sharing that experience with his family as well. Bill and Glenda were members of Christ Church Anglican in Meaford where he was a member of the Brotherhood of Anglican Churchmen and he enjoyed working with the group supporting the church through such functions as the annual Pancake Supper. He will be truly missed in the community of Meaford which he served and loved as a home for him and his family. Bill is survived by his beloved wife Glenda, daughter Sue and her husband Dave Richardson, son Bill and his wife Jennifer, and daughter Laurie and her husband Brian Laporte all of Meaford. He will be the sadly missed Grandpa of Kelly and her husband Mark Woodhouse of Rocklyn, Will Laporte of Meaford and friend Jen, and Carson Laporte also of Meaford and his fiancée Kerri. Bill will be forever remembered as 'Old Poppa' by Sawyer and Marly Woodhouse. The Brotherhood of Anglican Churchmen conducted a memorial service at the Ferguson Funeral Home in Meaford where Bill's family received many friends on Thursday, April 19th and funeral services officiated by the Reverend Sue Malpus were conducted at Christ Church Anglican in Meaford on Friday, April 20, 2012, with a service of committal and interment following at Lakeview Cemetery. Bill's daughter Sue provided a tribute in remembrance of her Dad on behalf of the family. Serving as honorary bearer was longtime friend and fellow outdoorsman Ken Martin and serving as pallbearers were Mark Clock, Dave Lambe, Graham Shaw, grandson-in-law Mark Woodhouse, and grandsons Will and Carson Laporte. Bill's granddaughter Kelly and great-grandson Sawyer served as flower bearers at the conclusion of service. If so desired and as your expression of sympathy donations to the Meaford Hospital Foundation would be appreciated and may be made through the FERGUSON FUNERAL HOME , 48 Boucher St. E., Meaford, ON N4L 1B9 (519-538-1320) to whom arrangements were entrusted. www.fergusonfuneralhomes.ca

 

Category: Obituaries & Death Notices

Newspaper(s): Thornbury Courier-Herald, Alliston Herald, Barrie Advance, Bradford West Gwillimbury Topic, Collingwood Connection, Innisfil Journal, Meaford Express, Midland Mirror, Orillia Today, Stayner Sun, Wasaga Sun

Location: Meaford

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