A.L. Mattatall Funeral Home

217 Portland Street, Dartmouth, NS


John Charles Pearce

7 May, 19346 June, 2019
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Age 85, passed away peacefully in Dartmouth on June 6, 2019. He was born in Toronto to the late Perezel and Helen (Munro) Pearce. John obtained his Masters in Math and Physics at the University of Toronto on his path to becoming a Meteorologist. His career in which he served with distinction for many years would lead him to Nova Scotia. There he met his wife of 47 years at a Sports Car Club meeting. John devoted much time and energy to the consumer advocacy group Transport Action which promotes public transportation, especially passenger trains of which he was very fond. The United Church was also a focus of John’s life and he was a fixture in the congregation and choir of St. Matthew’s for many decades. John is survived by sister, Judith (John); wife, Karen; sons, Ian (Maria) and Lorne (Laura); grandchildren, Stella and Owen. Visitation will be held on Monday, June 10th from 2-4pm & 6-8pm in A. L. Mattatall Funeral Home, Dartmouth. Celebration of Life will be held on Tuesday, June 11th at 11am in St. Matthew’s United Church, Halifax. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Parkinson’s Society of Canada.


  • In lieu of flowers
  • Parkinson's Society


  • Visitation

    Monday, 10 June , 2019

  • Visitation

    Monday, 10 June , 2019

  • Celebration of Life

    Tuesday, 11 June , 2019


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Laurie MacCuish

19 June 2019

Dear Karen and family. So very sorry to hear about John's passing. Fond memories of you both from my time at St. Matthew's as a student minister!
My thoughts and prayers are with you all at this difficult time. May the peace of God surround you and the Holy Spirit attend you in these next few days and all the day ahead. Blessings, Laurie and Rick MacCuish


17 June 2019

Dear Karen and family:

Sending heart felt condolences in the passing of your wonderful husband and father, John. May you be blessed with the countless memories of sharing life with him. Praying God's Comfort and Peace for you and your family. Love Janet MacDonald- 65A Nursing Sister.

Nancy Pemberton (Lombard)

12 June 2019

Karen Pearce & Family,
Our thoughts are with you at this time. Sorry I was not able to be there, but thinking about you & your family.
John was a fine man and I enjoyed our chats on the phone!
He will be missed by you and your family.
Nancy Pemberton (Lombard) & Family

Judith Martin (MacIvor)

11 June 2019

Karen Pearce and Family
Sorry to hear about John.
You are in all our hearts and prayers.
Judy Martin (MacIvor) 65A

Christine Turnill (Appleby) Gulyas

11 June 2019

My deepest condolences and love to Karen, Ian, Lorne and the extended Family.. John was always a gracious friend, and my Family and I have fond memories of times shared through Weather Office, La Leche League, and Rallying interests/participation. God Bless.

Helen Hitchcock

11 June 2019

Dear Karen and family,
It was fitting that our mutual dear friends, Diane and Jim, informed me this morning, of John's death. You and he were so welcoming to Bob and myself in our move to Halifax-Dartmouth for our six, wonderful years there. I fondly remember waving to you and John from our front window to yours, directly across Oathill Lake. We enjoyed getting to know John and thus, all of you, better since our fathers were career- long teaching colleagues. The many activities that John enjoyed remain in my memory, these near forty years later - St. Matthews U.C. , car rallies, transportation issues and of course the Met Service, that really twigged Bob's common interest. I send you my warmest wishes and hugs at this time of loss. Blessings to you, Ian and Lorne.

Gloria Sorge

11 June 2019

Dear Karen, I am so sorry to hear of John’s passing. I know you will find some peace in the love of your family, support of friends, and in the wonderful memories you have. I regret I cannot be there today but my thoughts are with you in prayer. Love, Gogi, 1965A

Carolyn Connors

11 June 2019

Hi Karen and family...so sorry to hear of John’s passing. We have fond memories of you both while you were ministering in Ste Croix / Ardoise and also as neighbours. So enjoyed his musical talents and for his sharing of them by joining us in the choir. And the car rally he organized as a fundraiser for the churches in the pastoral charge was fun! fun! fun! He is now safe in the arms of Jesus and probably singing with my Mom in the choir. May you gather as a family and find great comfort in all your many memories. Love and prayers always. - Garnet and Carolyn xoxo

Curtiss and Carolyne McLeod

11 June 2019

Dear Karen, Ian and Lorne,
John was a very special friend to us; we first met at the Atlantic Sports Car Club after moving to Halifax in 1971. And we also got to know Karen soon after! Curt teamed up with John in the regional rally series for the next few years and also assisted with the Highlands National rally that John was instrumental in organizing year after year. I think in those days we were on the back-roads of Nova Scotia more often than we were at home! John was focused and passionate about the sport, but equally as passionate about his meteorologic work and his family. Our families were young and fortunately forgiving.; in the photo John is reviewing the instructions on the baby food can (a lot like rally instructions) while Ian patiently waits and our daughter Marcy watches!
We have many great memories of those early years, but also later in life as we kept in touch. Our deepest condolences and love.

charlotte robson

10 June 2019

Hello Karen and family. My sincerest sympathy on John's passing. I trust being together as a family with loving memories will give you peace and comfort at this difficult time. I gather John was an avid gardener from the beautiful power point presentation that accompanied his obituary. Parkinson's Society is a charity close to my heart, my husband passed away with complications from PD. I have given a donation in John's name.
Charlotte Robson


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