Ronald William Pearson was born in Vernon on September 14, 1938, and passed away peacefully at Vernon Jubilee Hospital on April 15, 2009, at the age of 70 years. He will be greatly missed by his devoted wife of 42 years, Gail, his son, Mike Pearson, daughter-in-law, Koralee, granddaughters, Emily and Amanda, daughter, Lori Opper, son-in-law, Tim, and grandson, MacIntyre.
Ron grew up in Vernon and graduated from UBC in 1962 with a degree in Forestry. He spent much of his life working in the forests of Northern BC and Alberta. In 1967, he moved to Prince George where he met his teacher-wife, Gail, settled down and had two children.
In 1972, Ron and his family moved to Williams Lake where he worked for West Fraser Timber Ltd. for 27 years. There, they built two homes. The second home was set on a large acreage hobby farm and fulfilled one of Ron’s life-long dreams. With Gail, he happily raised his family and spent much time working, haying, fishing, camping, rodeoing and watching his kids play sports. Ron made many great life-long friendships in those Cariboo years.
In 1989, Ron and his family moved back to his hometown of Vernon where he established and managed the Vernon Seed Orchard Company, located on Bench Row Road.
In 1999, Ron retired and kept very busy with his wife. They cross country skied and curled in the winters and passed the summer months boating and golfing. Ron loved to build and created numerous woodworking projects – many for his kids and grandkids. He often traveled with Gail throughout BC, the Yukon, Northwest Territories, Alaska and across Canada. They also enjoyed more exotic trips to Hawaii, Mexico, Cuba, New Zealand, Australia, the UK and France – on their own and occasionally with good friends.
Ron also enjoyed frequent visits with his kids, their spouses and his three lively grandchildren (and dogs!). These visits happened in Vernon, at his very relaxing and cozy home, as well as at the crazier homes of his kids’ at the “Coast”.
Ron was a hardworking, honest and trustworthy man who will be greatly missed by all who knew him. He had true, loyal friends and family who helped so much – especially in the past few difficult months.
Anyone wishing to honor Ron’s memory, can do so by donating to the Canadian Red Cross, Vernon Division, or by becoming a blood donor.
Arrangements have been entrusted to Pleasant Valley Funeral Home. 250-542-4333. On-line memorial: www.mem.com