William PEARSON

William “Bill” Pearson

B.Ed, MA. (Concordia)


Bill Pearson passed away on February 24 in his 92nd year surrounded by family. Born in Stockport, England on January 22, 1926, Bill served in the 1st Battalion Manchester Regiment during WW2. Before emigrating to Canada in 1954 with his new bride he worked in Quality Control in the Gold Coast of Ghana West Africa. Settling in Verdun Quebec Bill started on a journey of lifelong learning while he and June raised a family of five children. After a diverse career in teaching Bill and June moved west to Chilliwack in 1982, where Bill finished his Master of Arts degree in History and Philosophy of Religion. It was here Bill found his true passion which was volunteering and helping others. Among the numerous causes he championed were 13 years of dedicated service with the Salvation Army, he was a contributing columnist with the Chilliwack Progress authoring Encounter with Bill Pearson, offered spiritual studies at Federal Corrections Canada, helped others find their voice through Toastmasters, and was one of the first to welcome the Po Lam Buddhist Association to the local community. Bill also enjoyed gardening and volunteering at the Great Blue Heron Nature Reserve. His greatest pride and joy was his wife and family. Bill is survived by his beloved wife of 63 years June, his two sisters Mary (Jim) and Georgia, his five children Anne (Dave), Kathryn (Mike), Tom, Elizabeth (Mark) and Mike, numerous grandchildren and great-grandchildren. He was predeceased by his parents Tom and Winifred Pearson. In lieu of flowers the family requests donations be made to the Chilliwack Supportive Housing Society.

“Treasure the opportunity and the time that you have as a human being. Cherish the life that you have. Treasure this opportunity that allows you to sit and meditate.”