OBITUARY

Everett A. Pearson

November 16, 1933December 24, 2017
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"He was a man ahead of his time."

Everett A. Pearson, age 84, of Warren, RI and Estero, FL, passed away Sunday, December 24, 2017, in the Hope Hospice Center in Providence surrounded by his loving family. He was the husband of Virginia Bourne Pearson, to whom he had been married for 62 years.

Born in Pawtucket, he was the son of the late Peter S. and Elin M. (Larson) Pearson. Everett was a graduate of Pawtucket East High School, received his Bachelor’s Degree in Economics in 1955 from Brown University, where he was Captain of the Football Team and later a member of the Brown University Athletic Hall of Fame.

Mr. Pearson was the co-founder of Pearson Yachts, the first company to build production fiberglass boats, earning him the title “grandfather of fiberglass production.” In 1968, he continued his boatbuilding and fiberglass work with the start of Tillotson-Pearson Inc. (TPI). TPI built wind blades, all-composite bus bodies, test track vehicles for Disney Imagineering, the branches on the Animal Kingdom Tree of Life, numerous other products, and the most well-known, J Boats. He received the Lifetime Achievement Award for his creative work with composites from the National Fabricator’s Association. Later in life he continued running SwimEx and started Pearson Pilings.

An avid sailor, he competed in local yacht club and ocean racing, and was a member of the New York Yacht Club. He also enjoyed tennis and in later years playing golf at Wildcat Run Golf and Country Club in Estero, FL.

In addition to his wife, he is survived by three children, Mark E. Pearson and his wife, Tracy, of Warren, Suzanne P. Vaughan and her husband, Daniel, of Plymouth, MA, and Sandra L. Marston and her husband, Thomas, of S. Bethlehem, NY; eight grandchildren (Kelly, Hannah, Nicholas, Amanda, Peter, Ellen, Emily and Everett), and many nieces and nephews. He was the brother of the late Elaine P. Johnson and Eunice P. Fournier.

His funeral will be held Friday, December 29, 2017, at 10am at St. Matthew-Trinity Lutheran Church, 690 Newport Ave., Pawtucket. Visiting hours will be Thursday from 4 to 8pm in the Waring-Sullivan Home at Birchcrest, 189 Gardners Neck Rd., Swansea. Please omit flowers. Memorial contributions in his honor may be made to Hope Hospice, 1085 North Main St., Providence, RI 02904 or to St. Matthew-Trinity Lutheran Church. Burial will take place at Swan Point Cemetery in Providence. For online registration and directions, please visit: www.waring-sullivan.com

Services

  • Visiting Hours Thursday, December 28, 2017
  • Funeral Service Friday, December 29, 2017
  • Burial Friday, December 29, 2017
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Elaine Baker

January 9, 2018

Ginny, Just read about your husband's passing in the Seekonk UCC "Caller". You have my deepest sympathy. I lost my husband a year and a half ago also after 62 years of marriage. Your memories will serve you well as have mine. From an old friend from yours and Everett's early years down at Touisett.. Elaine Smith Baker.

Don Maynard

January 5, 2018

I was deeply saddened to hear of Everett's passing. Although I had met him only briefly on a couple of occasions, if my dimming memory serves me, my Dad coached him in football at Pawtucket East- and Ginny you'll remain in my memory as the best looking cheerleader the Townies ever had.

Ted Socha

January 2, 2018

Ginny, Mark, and Family. Our deepest condolences. Everett was a kind, generous, and wonderful friend and neighbor to us all. He had a heart as big as all outdoors and was always helping others. He will be greatly missed by our Family. May God Bless you and your Family.

Sue Mikulski

January 2, 2018

Dear Mark and all your family.
Paul and I were so sorry to read about your Dad's passing Christmas Eve. This photo is exactly how we remember him, one handsome man! Paul said he loved him very much, and was such a pleasure to work with over the years, almost too good! We will think of him sailing Full Circle, J/42 #25, our boat we bought from the original owner. Our love, thoughts and prayers are with your family and many friends. Love, Sue and Paul Mikulski

Daniel Ferro

December 31, 2017

My condolences on the loss of your father. I worked for him during 87-89, he was a very nice man.With sympathy,Dan Ferro

December 31, 2017

Thank you Mr. Pearson for our beautiful sailboat. She has brought us many years of sailing pleasure.
Allan and Judy Stahle
Bradenton, FL

Raul Leite

December 30, 2017

To the Pearson Family,

My deepest sympathy in this time of sorrow.

December 30, 2017

Ginny, my earliest recollections of Everett and you are of growing up in Touissett when Arthur Allen owned the house you eventually bought, long before you were married. I recall his towing the fleet of Townies and White Caps to various NBYA regattas, and competing against him in S Boats in the mid 60

Michael Artesani

December 30, 2017

Ginny and family, my deepest sympathy to you all. Everett was a wonderful man. It was my good fortune to call him friend.

December 30, 2017

A devoted loyal friend and leader remembered by his Brown teammates.
John OBrien 55