September 16th, 1942 — December 9th, 2014
The purpose of life is not to be happy. It is to be useful, to be honorable, to be compassionate, to have it make some difference that you have lived and lived well. —Ralph Waldo Emerson
The absolute ineffectual power of words is never more evident than when trying to capture the essence of a man’s life on paper. Friend, father, husband and grandpa. Jack Pearce was all these things . . . yet so much more.
Although born in Innisfail, AB, Jack was most proud of the fact he was raised in Bowness on the outskirts of the then growing city of Calgary. His fierce sense of pride and individuality, born of circumstance and accomplishment, was to help forge the man he was to become.
He met Judi Fielder while still in his teens and chose her to be his bride of 50+ years. Jack and Judi lived in parts of both eastern and western Canada while he trained and worked as an accountant, finally settling back in Calgary in 1967. After several years with Revenue Canada, that same fierce sense of individuality that gave him so much pride in being a true “Bownessian”, afforded Jack the courage to strike out on his own in 1972, leaving Revenue Canada and creating Pearce Kennedy and Associates, a business valuation company.
With support and encouragement from Judi, both at home and as his front desk receptionist, Jack developed an even larger skillset that over the next few years would stand him in good stead when he decided to go back to work with the Gov’t of AB, Dept. of Energy.
If the lives of those who have influenced ours help create our mortal selves, then the lives of those we, in turn, have influenced can be said to create our immortal selves. His mom and dad, Florence and Ernie, helped shape the strong, confident man he was to become. His sister Ruth and brothers Wayne and Douglas both strongly influenced Jack’s developing sense of loyalty and love of family.
Jack’s love of family extended beyond that to which he was born and encompassed all of his adopted in-laws, the Fielders. He had an especially big place in his heart reserved for his sister-in-law, Leigh, and reflected that love when he and Judi visited Leigh in Australia and on the many occasions when they opened their home to Leigh on her visits ‘home’ to Canada.
Brother and friend to so many, Jack was most proud of being a dad and grandpa. His 3 kids, Bill (Teresa), Mike (Marla) and Shauna (Ben) were his world. They, in turn, gave Jack and Judi the finest group of grandchildren any could hope for in Kelsey, Brandon, Kirsten, Colton, Jarod, Bodie and Gabriel. Jack’s children and grandchildren are the real measure of his legacy. They are his true immortality. Each a reflection of his life’s influence upon them.
To speak of Jack while failing to mention golf would be as nonsensical as discussing his life without mentioning family. Jack loved golf. He played golf. He watched golf. He read about golf. Jack golfed with Judi, he golfed with friends, he golfed with in-laws and he golfed with associates. But true to everything else in his life, his greatest pleasure came from golfing with his kids and grandkids and watching them develop a love of the game that he loved.
Whether visiting their ‘home-away-from-home’ in Windermere, as snowbirds in Arizona or just a quick mid-week game with his father-in-law, Jack was happy and content on the golf course. One of his last great joys came with getting in those few rounds late last summer in Windermere.
Words fail to adequately express the fullness of the life Jack led and the true impact he had upon others. To fully appreciate all that Jack was, one need look no further than the lives he touched while he was here. They are better people because Jack’s example made them want to be better people.
Memorial Service will be held at Westminster Presbyterian Church, 290 Edgepark Blvd. N.W., Calgary on Wednesday, December 17th at 1:30 p.m., with Rev. Kobus Genis officiating. In lieu of flowers, memorial tributes may be made to Art-a-la-Carte www.artalacarte.org
Arrangements entrusted to McInnis & Holloway (403) 243-8200.Print This Obituary & Condolences