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PEARSON, Colin Claude

June 2, 1938 – Wakefield Yorkshire, England
May 18, 2017 – Calgary, Alberta

Colin beloved husband of Valerie Diane Pearson (nee Fox) of Calgary, AB, passed away on Thursday, May 18, 2017 at the age of 78 years.

Colin was born in Wakefield Yorkshire UK. He taught at the Stettler Junior High School, then the rest of his career with the C.B.E. He loved rugby and played for U of C and the Saints Rugby Club. He also loved hiking in the mountains.

Colin is survived by his wife Valerie, son Matthew, daughter-in-law Naomi (nee Stuckert) of Calgary, grandchildren Olivia and Charlie; sister; Helen Dean, brother-in-law George Dean, sister-in-law Pauline Hutchby and brother-in-law Stuart Hutchby.

Condolences may be forwarded through www.mcinnisandholloway.com.

In living memory of Colin Pearson, a tree will be planted at Fish Creek Provincial Park by McINNIS & HOLLOWAY FUNERAL HOMES, Crowfoot, 82 CROWFOOT CIRCLE N.W. Telephone: 403-241-0044.

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  1. Karyne & Larry Wilson :

    To Val , Matthew and family: We are so sorry to hear that Colin had passed away today. He was a true friend over many years despite moving from Stettler many years ago. We enjoyed his many stories and hearty laugh over a glass of cheer whenever we managed to catch up with one another. There was always a proud tone in his voice when he talked about any member of his family, whether it was what you were doing in Japan Val , or your business ventures Matthew or the accomplishments of his grandchildren. He was rightfully proud of all of you. We too will miss him being part of our lives and will cling to the many memories of times we shared together . Our thoughts and prayers go out to you at this time of your loss. With sincere sympathy. Karyne & Larry

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  2. Geoff Smith :

    You will be missed Colin.
    I am a better man for having had you be a in my life. You were my second father and I will cherish all the memories I have of my time with you. They are endless… but here are just a few. Running around your back yard, camping, hiking, golfing, BBQ’ing, Monty Python, the Goons, Winterclub Friday nights, your Curries, enjoying the Simpsons and of course running around underneath the Kingsland rugby ground stands while you played rugby with Adrian. These are only a few of the many wonderful memories I will have of Colin Pearson.
    Love Geoffrey Smith

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  3. Barbara Findlay :

    Dear Val,
    I’m so sorry to hear about Colin, he was a wonderful , interesting, and funny man. It’s a long time since we’ve seen him but remember him very fondly. I’m glad for you and your family that your ordeal is over? I hope you can celebrate his life and enjoy many happy memories . Lots of love to you all.

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  4. Janie and Adrian :

    You will be missed in our family Colin. Val, you Colin and our family have had great times together, rugby, camping with the boys, holidays and enjoyment of our grandchildren. What a life we have shared and all the memories we have had with Colin. Love to you , Matthew and family

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  5. Brian Jamieson :

    Val and Matthew, my most heartfelt condolences. Colin and I were team mates on the Saints and his passing feels as if I have lost a family member as well. All the best to you both at this time.

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  6. Bill Reynolds :

    Dear Val and family: I am sorry to hear about Colin’s death. Colin and I travelled to and from Mt. Assinboine Oct 8 -11, 1972 Thanksgiving Weekend to do our solo overnight for the advanced camping course. Thanks for letting him go. We achieved our objectives. Our paths have not crossed until tonight, thanks to Colin Lumby. I see Colin Pearson continued his love of outdoor activities throughout his life. I wish you the best as you move forward in life.

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  7. Richard and Annie Baty :

    Although we are a long way from Calgary, our thoughts have often been with Colin, Val, Matthew and his family. I know that my father, Bill, thought the world of Colin, as did my mother Kitty. Colin often talked of hikes in the Lakes with David and I will always remember great times on my visit to Calgary back in ’76 and more recently. You were a top man Colin, we will miss you greatly.

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  8. Roger Harrison :

    Goodbye, Colin. We had a great time growing up in Yorkshire. Over time, we moved on from catapults and climbing trees to the Wakefield youth club scene, where you were much in demand. Around this time, we discovered the Yorkshire Dales and started rock climbing with a group of friends on the grit outcrops of Ilkley Moor (where else ?). With your gymnastic ability, you were a dashing climber, who managed to get up some frightening faces. I always said that your success stemmed from your concentration on the next move, before worrying about what you would do next, but that was just envy on my part. We did walk and climb elsewhere, even hitch-hiking to Switzerland to enrol on a Rock and Ice course of the Swiss Alpine Club with two other friends. Even here, you embarrassed the Swiss instructor by casually strolling up a boulder face that he had made hard work of. He snorted that you were simply relying on arm strength; clearly sour grapes on his part.
    A few years later, we both found ourselves in Birmingham, where you were best man at June’s and my wedding, before we moved abroad. We kept in touch and I was privileged to be best man, in my turn, for you and Val.
    We maintained contact when you moved to Canada and I was shocked and very much saddened to learn of your illness.
    Now you are gone and I am grateful for many years of fun, friendship and great memories.
    June and I offer our condolences and very best wishes to Val and her family.

    Roger

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  9. billreyn.knes@alumni.ucalgary.ca :

    Dear Val and family: Further to my note I must correct the date of our trip to Mt. Assiniboine to 1971 Thanksgiving. In rereading the log I note a firebird as transportation, a very challenging access road, filming Colin, and recovering his log notes the wind had taken. Again the best to you all.

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  10. Carol Hinchliff :

    Dearest Val and Matthew, I am so sorry to hear of Colin’s passing. I haven’t seen you for so long, but you are always in my heart. Colin will be greatly missed in our family. You have all played a bigger part in our lives than you will ever know and our memories will last forever – Christina Lake – comping and being the “Noisy” ones, trips to Medicine Hat/Calgary for Rugby and your fantastic dinners and great company. Trivial Pursuits, Monty Python, We laughed lots – it was a good life. I am so glad we had you in our lives. Love to you, Val, Matthew and your families. Carol, Wayne, Lynne and Chris.

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  11. Chris Onslow :

    Dear Val, Matthew and family,

    I can not express how sorry for your loss I am. A large part of my favorite childhood memories is with the both of you, Colin and our families. Colin will be missed by all he touched and I will always remember him with happiness thinking back on those days.

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  12. Linda Chow, Kimberly and Christopher :

    Dear Val, Matthew, Olivia and Charlie,

    With sincere and heartfelt condolences for your loss of a husband, father and grandfather. Colin will surely be missed. W.S. Merwin wrote in his poem called “Separation”:

    Your absence has gone thru me
    Like a thread thru a needle
    Everything I do is stitched with its colour

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  13. Linda Chow, Kimberly and Christopher :

    My sincerest apologies Naomi for not including your name in my message. Not intentional.

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  14. Dean Kittleson :

    Stags –

    We have lost another peer, Colin Pearson who played with the Stags in the early 70s has lost his battle with cancer. Colin was the perfect team mate, fierce and dedicated on the field of play and then the life of the party afterwards. He not only mentored young players on the nuances of the game of rugby but took greater joy in teaching them the lyrics of far too many ‘rugby’ songs than one can count!! Colin played for the Stags, then moved to the Saints Rugby Club and spanning those years he also represented Calgary and Alberta on numerous occasions. Take a moment and hoist one of Colin’s favorite beverages in his honour………sing on Colin!!

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  15. Pat McIlhargey :

    Val, my sincere condolences on your loss. Colin was a good friend. I always enjoyed playing with him and in particular socializing with him following a game. All the best to you and your family. It is hard to believe that Matthew is old enough to have two children and that you are now a grandmother.

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  16. Lynne Hollenbeck :

    Val, Matthew and family, I’m so sorry for your loss. Colin was a wonderful and loving man who will always be in my memories.
    Love to you all,
    Lynne, Mark & Abby

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  17. Barry Onslow :

    Dear Val, Matthew, Naomi and family,

    So sorry to hear this sad news. I will miss Colin’s wit, his passion and skill for playing the game of rugby, and life, well and with enthusiasm, and his generous spirit. Colin was a man whose company was enjoyed by friends, team-mates and opponents alike.
    As Dean said, “We need to take a moment to hoist one of Colin’s favourite beverages in his honour”. I will!

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  18. Bruce and Marilyn Harrison :

    Val and Family,
    Our sincere sympathy for your loss.

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  19. Bob and Susan Marshall :

    Val and Family
    Please accept our condolences. Having known Colin since U of C and having played rugby with him, I will miss him. On my last visit with Colin, he said ” l’ve lived a good life full of family and friends and many shared memories. ” Our memories of you are all good.

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  20. Michael & Sonya Staveley :

    What a shock to learn of Colin’s passing. Please accept our deepest condolences. It was a pleasure to have taught with Colin as his partner and to remember his laughter and joy of living. Michael and & will aways remember the happy camping and hiking times together and the many ‘games’ evenings with everyone.

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  21. Linda Drake :

    Dear Val,
    I was so sorry to hear of Colin’s passing.
    My sincere sympathy to you and your family.
    Linda Drake

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  22. June Savard :

    Val, Matthew and family,
    I was so sorry to hear of Colin’s passing. My thoughts and prayers are with all of you at this sad time! Cherish the memories!

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  23. Darryl Tatomir :

    Val, Matthew and Family,
    So sorry to hear of Colin’s passing, my deepest thoughts and condolences are with all of you during this difficult time, Colin will be sincerely missed by all. Some of my fondest child hood memories involve Colin’s fantastically witty and timely remarks for all of the genius things that Matt and I were up to!

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  24. Anne & Martin Cowman :

    Dear Val & Family,
    We were so very sorry to hear of your great loss. Colin was always a delight to meet up with at the local or at the Winter Club. He always had a smile and time for a chat and a catch-up.
    Sincere sympathy from both of us and our prayers & fond thoughts are with you.

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  25. Colin

    The best brother and friend. I always remember our childhood as being a happy one. In the early days he got me out of scrapes and protected me, especially from the blokes at Sandal Rugby Club. Sometimes I didn’t need that sort of protection…. Despite being so far away we contacted each regularly and he was always there with help, advice, suggestions and solutions.

    The times we’ve had together have been fantastic and very happy. In the U.K., in France, with Val, Matthew, George, James and Richard, (camping with Janie and Adrian in the early days), Thailand, the US, many in Canada, Spain, Italy (with Nola and Tom) the Czech Republic, meeting up with Mike and Marjorie, and Greece, all of which have always included copious amounts of beer, wine, gin and of course laughter. We’ve all got on so well over the years and had so many good times leaving us with lots of amazing memories as a result.

    I’m so pleased that he’s had so many wonderful supportive people in his life and most of all my fabulous sister-in-law, Val and, of course, Matthew.

    He’s left a massive hole in our lives, which will never be filled, but with so many happy memories to look back on he’ll always be there.

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  26. George Dean :

    I’ve known Colin for over fifty years and was sorry to hear of his passing and have shared many happy memories whilst in his company.

    Agate prospecting on Oregon beach. His desperate search for specialist sausages and piccalilli just for me. Of course he had many interesting hobbies, including home brewing. He also introduced me to the gas barbecue and always insisted that I join him whilst barbecuing and downing the finest ale (his own). We enjoyed many musical sessions and he was kind enough to refer to me as a musician. Actually he could play a mean guitar and harmonica himself. The discussions we had during happy hour. No conclusions drawn. He let me borrow his bike for touring Calgary and beyond. A man of so many qualities, sadly missed but always remembered, love to all George

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  27. Jean & Warren Geiger :

    Valerie, Warren and I were so sorry to hear of the passing of Colin. We enjoyed many chats with him at the Winter Club and will miss him. Deepest sympathy to you and your family. Sincerely, Jean and Warren Geiger

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  28. Stephen Harrison :

    I am so sorry to hear of your loss. Back in 1983 Colin took Matthew and me on a camping trip in the Rockies where he encouraged me to jump off a scarily high cliff into the beautiful blue lake below. I seem to remember that the feat involved running down a scree slope to get enough momentum to clear the jagged rocks below.
    I was moved to read my father’s remembrances of Colin.

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  29. Gil and Darlene Hegel :

    We extend our deepest sympathy to all of you – Val, Matt and Naomi and family as we learned of Colin’s passing. It’s a difficult time for your family and we are thinking of you and know there are many memories to treasure. Matt, I think your dad must have been very special and although we didn’t know him personally, we are so grateful to have fond memories of you and your family in Silver Springs and all those “boy” adventures you and the rest of the guys managed to orchestrate. A great group of kids! Thinking of you too, Val.

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  30. Val and family – My condolences on Colin’s passing – he was a wonderful husband, grandfather. He will be sadly missed. Our prayers to you and your family.
    Joan and Chuck Gusa

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