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PEARSON – Stanley Gordon Breckenridge

December 12, 1917– April 10, 2011

It is with deepest sadness that the family of Stan Pearson announces his passing on Sunday, April 10, 2011 at the age of 93 years.

Stan was born in Pincher Creek, AB where he attended public and high school. He received from the University of Alberta a B Sc. Degree majoring in geology in 1941 and also did one year of post graduate study. In 1942 he joined the Royal Canadian Artillery and after serving as a Lieutenant in Sicily, Italy and Holland returned to Canada and retired from the army in 1945.

In 1945 upon his victorious return he married his beloved fiancé of many years Helen Tracy in Brandon, MB. Then in 1945 Stan joined Gulf Oil and during his career of distinction he worked in North America, South America, England, Europe, Africa and the Middle East. When he retired (1979-34 years of service) he was the Senior Vice-President of Exploration and Production of Gulf Oil Canada.

When he retired, with his beloved Helen they moved to Cremona where he was active in the community with the Lions Club, Seniors Club, Royal Canadian Legion, CEO Board of Directors of Olds Hospital and Church. They sold the farm after Helen’s health deteriorated. His mental spirit was maintained through his involvement with Masonry. He became W.M (1990-91) and joined the following concordant bodies: Royal Arch, Otuskwan No. 9, 1988; Cryptic Zadok Council No. 3, 1990; Cyprus Preceptory No. 33, 1991; Al Azhar Shrine & Provost Corp 1991; York Rite College, Pompilius No. 79, 1992; Scottish Rite Perfection Lodge 1994, Rose Croix and Consistary 1995, Grand Dir. Of Ceremonies, Grand Lodge of Alberta, 1994-95.

Stan will be lovingly remembered by his four children; Gail (Howard) Addison, Donald Pearson, Judith (Dr. Allan) Behm and Patricia (Mark) Vass; twelve grandchildren, fifteen great grandchildren, Sister Gweneth (William) Sloman and numerous nieces and nephews.

He was predeceased by his loving wife Helen Beatrice (nee Tracy) in 1998 and two brothers Donald and Pat Pearson.

Funeral Services will be held at McINNIS & HOLLOWAY’S Park Memorial Chapel (5008 Elbow Drive S.W.) on Saturday, April 16, 2011 at 10:30 a.m. Forward condolences through If friends so desire, memorial donations may be made directly to The Parkinson’s Society of Southern Alberta, #102, 5636 Burbank Crescent S.E., Calgary, AB T2H 1Z6 telephone (403) 243-9901

In living memory of Stan Pearson, a tree will be planted at Big Hill Springs Provincial Park by McINNIS & HOLLOWAY FUNERAL HOMES Park Memorial Chapel, 5008 ELBOW DRIVE S.W. Telephone: (403)243-8200

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  1. Neil Campbell :

    Dear Al & Judy and Family

    We grieve over the loss of your father and wanted to let you know that we are praying for you and your family that the Lord will comfort you during your time of grief. It sounds like he was a wonderful father and grandfather to Mike and the rest of the family. We are sorry that we were never able to get know him well.

    The Campbell’s

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  2. From the White Family – We are all very sorry to hear of Stans passing and we offer you all our thoughts and prayers of understanding and condolences. With Love, Ron and Shirley White, Calgary, Joe White, Gravenhurst, Ontario.

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  3. Diana and Don Gallivan :

    Please accept our most sincere condolences at this sad time.
    Don’s sister is Chris Tracy – we know how much they admired their Uncle.
    Diana and Don Gallivan and Family

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  4. Robin & Carole Pearson :

    To Gail, Judy, Don and Patty – We are sorry to hear about Stan’s passing but know he is now in a better place, the last few years have been hard on him and all of you. Our family fondly remembers the times spent with all of you at the farm, Stan and Helen were very special to Robin in his growing up years. Sorry we cannot make it to the funeral but will be thinking of all of you on Saturday. Love Robin & Carole, Jeff & Nicole

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  5. Barney Roberge Family :

    Very sad to hear of Cousin Stan’s passing–am grateful for all the times we had together as children. I gained so much from spending time with the family while I was in Pincher Creek. Our thoughts and prayers are with you.

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  7. Alex Beveridge, Water Valley,AB :

    To the Pearson family
    We were saddened to hear of Stan’s passing. We remember him fondly as a
    compassionate, dedicated, accomplished leader in every venture in which he participated. He has left a memorable legacy, and all his many friends and former co-workers will miss him.
    Alex and Mary Jo Beveridge

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  8. Gordon & Enid McGuffin :

    Dear Family:
    You probably don’t know me from a hole in the ground. I was a Gulf Engineer, got there via Royalite Oil Company. Stan brought the Engineers and Geologists closer together, and his cooperation and advice helped tremendously to accomplish that.
    I considered him a good friend and enjoyed our visits at the Retire’s functions. Rest in peace Stan. God’s blessings and peace be with your family.
    Gordon McGuffin

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  9. Cheryl Woodward :

    Uncle Stan has finally been released from his late difficult and challenging years. The important thing for me to remember was his vibrant strength, generous and forgiving heart. I will also remember how important family was to him. Despite many differences he was tolerant and supportive of “Teddy” and Mom thought him a fine man. Our times at the Farm will always be wonderful memories of him for me.
    Thinking of you, his loving family, at this time. Love Cheryl

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  10. Larry and Jeanette (Bird) Umbach :

    Our sincere sympathy to all your family on Stan’s passing. We were very fond of Stan and Helen – a wonderful couple. We have many memories of them over the years in Cremona, especially through the Cremona Lions Club, Church and Mason’s. Keeping you in our thoughts and prayers.
    Larry and Jeanette Umbach
    Sooke, BC

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  11. Elizabeth Grier :

    To the Pearson Family,

    My deepest sympathies for all of you. Your dad was my God father and lived up to the name in every way. Time spent on the farm learning to ride and long after when my dad (Bob Grier) had gotten ill he was there for us. He will be very much missed but I know he is back again with Helen and without pain. My heart, thoughts and prayers will be with you tomorrow and through this hard time.
    God Bless
    Elizabeth Grier

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  12. Pam & Joe Ball :

    Gail, Don , Judy & Patty,

    We grieve the loss of such a remarkable person. The past few years have been painfully hard on Stan & his family. May he now “rest in peace”. Our family fondly remembers him for his kindness, generousity & intellegence. Joe & I especially enjoyed our visits with him as he walked his loop trail around the neighborhood for exercise. And we remember the many fun times at the farm with you all. We sincerely wish we could be with you today. Not only to share your loss but to remember Stan’s life. Our deepest condolances to you all.
    Love, Pam & Joe Ball & Family

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  13. Bonnie and Norm Loudoun :

    Dear Gail, Don, Judy, Patti and families.

    We were saddened to learn of your father’s passing and want you to know you are in our thoughts at this grievous time. As is usual in these inevitable situations fond memories of the past are key to appeasement in the loss of a loved one; or, in our case, a friend. It recalls, with pleasure, the warm relationship we had with all the Pearson family, headed by Stan and your beloved mother, Helen. We cherish that affiliation.
    Not only as a father, but as a dedicated “oilman” Stan leaves an indelible mark of achievement. Be proud of that, as we are sure you are. Our condolences to all.
    With affectionate wishes, Bonnie and Norm, Greh Lindsay and Mark.

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  14. I recently learned of Stan’s passing…he was one of the best people I worked with in my entire career. I frequently quote him and think of him.
    Mike Milne ….

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  15. Dear Patty, Gail, Judy and Don … I came across this announcement late last night and wanted to tell you how deeply saddened I was to learn of Stan’s passing. Please accept these belated condolences, they fall so short of expressing the love and admiration that was felt for your dad. Reading the comments above it’s clear that no matter how long, or how long ago you may have been blessed with knowing Stan, he would impact your life along the way. In the eyes of this high school kid your dad was “larger than life”. He never let the demands of being a high ranking executive obscure his genuine interest in all our lives. It never ceased to amaze me that his love, compassion and devotion for his family would always overshadow his towering physical presence. He was a great friend to my dad and mom in London and years before. 39 years later and it would be impossible to think of London without thinking of Stan and Helen … God Bless … Michael May

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  16. Doug Archbold :

    To Don and family,
    Don I have been out of touch for many years since living in Wildwood and Ernest Manning. Terry Gordon Greg Loudoin Ken McMillan Bob Hornes and so many others. Your name suddenly came to mind today as I was reminiscing with my wife about the good times I had back then.
    I live in Australia now and apologise for this belated condolence. My Mom & Dad have passed to and I miss them deeply as I know how a parents passing leaves such a huge hole in your life. All my best to you Don in this sad event of your life.

    Warm regards old friend
    Doug Archbold

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