Earl M. Pearson, 85, of Gillan Avenue passed away peacefully on March 13, 2013 at home. He was the beloved husband of the late Constance E. “Connie” (Jones) Pearson to whom at the time of her death on November 14, 2006 he was blessed to have been married to for 55 years during which they danced and traveled, raised their family and quite often hosted exchange students from around the globe in their home.
Born in Warwick, on Mother’s Day 1927 in the parsonage of the Shawomet Baptist Church where his father was pastor, he was a son of the late Rev. Carl E. and Mrs. Burnette (Mann) Pearson. Earl graduated with honors from Mount Pleasant High School and he served in the United States Navy during World War II as a Storekeeper Third Class. In 1950 he graduated from URI with a Bachelor of Science in Business degree, majoring in Accounting. He recently established an endowed scholarship fund at URI to benefit a student enrolling in the University’s business school. Earl passed his CPA and started a career which would lead him into the insurance and real estate fields. In 1966 he and his brother Cal founded the Pearson Agency which brought a more “Pearsonal” touch to the services they offered. During his career Earl earned many of the highest awards and distinctions within his fields of expertise. Probably one of his proudest was being named a Chartered Property Casualty Underwriter. Earl selflessly served his community through his volunteer activities with the American Baptist Churches of RI and several of its local churches; as a trustee of Cranston General Hospital Osteopathic and of Kent Hospital; as a volunteer for South Providence Neighborhood Ministries and at Camp Canonicus in Exeter and as a driver delivering bread for West Bay Community Action. He served on the Silver Haired Legislature and was instrumental in creating legislation relating to advanced medical directives in Rhode Island. In recent years Earl had been attending Greenwood Community Church Presbyterian. He was a faithful member of the Masonic Fraternity belonging to Rhodes Lodge, now affiliated with Harmony Lodge; Scottish Rite Valley of Providence; the Rhode Island Shriners and Providence Court #71 ROJ. Earl was a past president of the Warwick Rotary Club where, for more than 35 years, he had perfect weekly attendance. The Warwick Rotary Club also honored him by naming him a Paul Harris Fellow. Throughout his life Earl fostered a caring, nurturing and loving devotion to God, country and family. Whether it was leading or simply and humbly serving in whatever capacity he was needed, he instilled in those who surrounded him a legacy that will keep him remembered forever in the hearts and minds of his family and of all those he worked and served beside.
Earl’s surviving family includes five children: Cheryl Ann and spouse, Jim Ruegg of North Providence, Cynthia Elaine and spouse, Susan Boucher of Seekonk, Massachusetts, Christine Evelyn and spouse, Robert Dowding of Warwick, Charles Edson and Susan Porth Pearson of Warwick and Carl Elliot and spouse, Angie of Cape Elizabeth, Maine; one sister Thelma Wunschel of Cumberland, one brother E. Lyman D'Andrea and spouse, Marie of North Kingstown and Florida; eight grandchildren: Alicia and Alexander Pearson of Warwick, Casey and Bradley Pearson, and his spouse, Ashley, of Cape Elizabeth, Eric McNeely of Warwick, Jason McNeely and spouse, Karlyn of Wisconsin, Kyle Dowding and Amy Bayha and her spouse, Scott of Warwick; two great-grandchildren, Keaney and Kingston Bayha (with one more on the way) and; a high school sweetheart, the special lady in his life for the past few years Jan Simpson of Waterford, Conneticut. He was preceded in death by his siblings Ella Tripodi and Calvin Pearson.
The family would like to extend their heartfelt love and thanksgivings to all of the health care providers, nurses, CNAs and support staff that helped make Earl’s transition to eternal life a peaceful and beautiful experience; not only for him but for his family and friends as well.
Calling hours will be held on Saturday, March 23 from 2:00 - 5:00 p.m. at Carpenter-Jenks Funeral Home & Crematory, 659 East Greenwich Avenue, West Warwick. A memorial service, at which family and friends will celebrate Earl’s life, will be held on Sunday, March 24 at 2:00 pm at Greenwood Community Church Presbyterian, 805 Main Avenue, Warwick.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorial donations sent to Elizabeth Buffum Chace House, P.O. Box 9476, Warwick, RI 02889 or to South Providence Neighborhood Ministries, 747 Broad Street, Providence, RI 02907. Information and condolences at www.carpenterjenks.com.