ForeverMissed
This memorial website was created in memory of our loved one, Kelly Pearce 56 years old , born on September 28, 1959 and passed away on March 18, 2016. We will remember him forever.
Posted by Cathy Pearce on June 15, 2020
We were married on a beautiful June day 29 years ago today. Kelly - If I had my life to live over again I would find you sooner so that I could love you longer. Happy anniversary my love.
Posted by Cathy Pearce on March 18, 2020
It has been 4 years today Kelly and while my mind knows you are gone my love, my heart just can't accept it. I miss you so much sweetheart. All my love xoxo
Posted by Cathy Pearce on December 25, 2019
Merry Christmas sweetheart. For every day we were together you made me love you more and more. Kelly, you are and will always be the love of my life.❤️❤️❤️
Posted by Trish Berry on September 28, 2019
Can’t believe you are gone. Still miss your calls and regaling our military shenanigans. It’s always nice when you can say “remember this,” and the other person adds to the story and then you both just riff off of each other. That’s what most of our conversations were like.
Posted by Cathy Pearce on September 28, 2019
Happy birthday sweetheart - you would have been 60 today. Kelly, my love, you are forever in my heart and always on my mind.
Posted by Cathy Pearce on June 15, 2019
Happy anniversary sweetheart - we were married 28 years ago today. Till death do us part wasn't long enough. What was still is - forever my love❤️
Posted by Jamie Howlett on March 18, 2019
Miss you big guy. Thinking of you often.
Posted by Brent Blackhall on March 18, 2019
Think of you often Kelly and I know you are still checking in on all of us. A good soul like yours lives forever. Will have a Coke in your memory today. Love to Cathy from us here in Victoria.
Posted by Cathy Pearce on March 18, 2019
Sweetheart, you have been gone 3 years today. How does my life go on without you? It is a battle I fight every day. My mind still talks to you and my heart still looks for you. All my love forever.
Posted by Cathy Pearce on December 25, 2018
Merry Christmas sweetheart. You are near me even if I don’t see you. You are with me even if you are far away. You are in my thoughts, in my heart, in my life always.❤️❤️
Posted by Cathy Pearce on September 28, 2018
Happy birthday my love. You may not be here beside me to celebrate your birthday but you are always in my heart and in my thoughts. All my loveXOXO
Posted by Cathy Pearce on June 15, 2018
Happy anniversary sweetheart - we were married 27 years ago today❤️ I miss you Kelly. I miss your voice. I miss your smile. I miss your hugs. I miss your jokes. I miss how you made me feel. I miss your everything. All my love always XOXO
Posted by Allie Pearce on March 19, 2018
Still miss you. :(
Posted by Cathy Pearce on March 18, 2018
I lost Kelly two years ago today. Time passes but not a day goes by that he is not here in my heart. The day Kelly died was not just a date on a calendar, it was the day when my very existence changed forever. I love you sweetheart and miss you a little more each day.❤️❤️❤️
Posted by Cathy Pearce on December 25, 2017
A second Christmas without Kelly and I am missing him today as I have every day throughout the year and remembering those happy days when he was here with me. Merry Christmas sweetheart. All my love forever. XOXO
Posted by Cathy Pearce on September 28, 2017
Today would have been Kelly's 58th birthday. Happy birthday my love. I miss you a lot more than I realized. Things keep happening and I always find myself wishing I could tell you about them.❤️❤️
Posted by Larry Pearce on June 16, 2017
I have been thinking about how happy Kelly was when he got married. I miss my #1 son who I love very much.
Larry
Posted by Cathy Pearce on June 15, 2017
Kelly and I were married on a beautiful sunny day 26 years ago today.Happy anniversary sweetheart. I love you Kelly, and I will love you until I die, and if there is life after that, I'll love you then.
Posted by Allie Pearce on March 18, 2017
Thinking of Uncle Kelly today. :( A year later, I am still sad.
Posted by Bryan Perry on March 18, 2017
A year ago today I lost a dear friend and one of my strongest supporters. We were in the Bahamas at the time and when Charlie Puth sang "it's been a long day without you my friend" (Fast and Furious movie) at his concert that we were attending I could not help but think of Kelly. As we lounged by the pool yesterday, on our vacation in the Dominican Republic, i don't think it was mere coincidence that Charlie Puth came from the speakers spaced around the pool. I dried my eyes, thought of my friend and hoped he was pain free and enjoying a well earned peace.
Posted by Cathy Pearce on March 18, 2017
Kelly passed away one year ago today. Losing Kelly has left a hole in my heart that time cannot heal. I love you and miss you sweetheart and I would trade all my tomorrows for one more day with you. ❤❤❤
Posted by Cathy Pearce on December 23, 2016
Christmas is quickly approaching - the first one without Kelly and for me it will be a Christmas of happy memories and profound sadness that Kelly is not here to share this Christmas. Kelly was like a big kid at Christmas who took greater joy in giving presents than getting them, who slipped the kids what he called "Uncle Kelly spending money" and who took great pride in being asked to make his "famous" mashed potatoes for the family Christmas dinner. Kelly gave me many presents over the years but the one I will always treasure most is his unconditional love. Merry Christmas sweetheart XXOO
Posted by Cathy Pearce on September 28, 2016
Today would have been Kelly's 57th birthday. Happy birthday my love. While you are not here with me to celebrate today you are always in my heart and in my thoughts. The Coke''s on me sweetheart.❤️❤️❤️
Posted by Larry Pearce on September 28, 2016
Laurie and I are especially thinking of Kelly today and continue to miss him and are so sorry he is not here to be with us and those who care about him. We love him very much and always will.
Larry
Posted by Cathy Pearce on June 15, 2016
Twenty five years ago today I married the love of my life. Kelly was kind, considerate, strong, brave, unselfish, understanding and very loving. Happy anniversary sweetheart. I miss you more every day. While I can't hold you in my arms anymore I will always hold you in my heart.
Posted by Trish Berry on May 20, 2016
Kelly and I met working at 748 Comm Troop. Our first forced march, he yelled at me all the way up a big hill. I never wanted to go back. We spent the longest five weeks of one summer in Wainwright on our Junior Leaders Course. We sat together every day, me nudging him awake every time he fell asleep. We argued a lot at work, he was usually right but I would never admit it. We reconnected a few years back and spent many hours rehashing our time in the unit. I'm so sorry for your loss Cathy, he took really good care of you. I miss his laughter.
Posted by Diana Gorman on May 7, 2016
I am so sorry Cathy for your loss. I am also sorry for not seeing enough of Kelly over the years. He was so thoughtful to call all the time. Kelly was truly an amazing step brother, always genuine, caring and loved our family with all his heart as we did him.
Posted by James Doran on May 7, 2016
Uncle Kelly was a kind and caring man. That was the first thing you noticed about him. He could talk to family and friends for hours - a loyal man, through and through. He will be missed. He will be loved. Thank you, Kelly, for making Aunt Cathy so happy. Rest in peace. - love, James and Sharon
Posted by Latha Guruswamy on May 6, 2016
May my condolences bring you comfort and may my prayers ease the pain of loss
Posted by Brent Blackhall on May 5, 2016
Cathy, we are so sorry for your loss. Kelly was always so good at keeping in touch over the years. I was lucky to have had a conversation with him recently. Kelly was always a very kind and helpful guy, a great step brother and we shared a lot of laughs and watched a lot of movies together. On of my best ever golf games was with Kelly, I had a full length leg cast on and he carried my clubs and his, that's the kind of guy he was.

Mom also wanted me to say she will miss him very much and is thinking of you Cathy. She also appreciated his keeping in touch over the years. When we were all living together in Nanaimo we had lots of good dinner discussions. He always left the milk on the table but other than that was much more help around the house than me and my sister!

Brenda and I want you to know we will never forget Kelly and that he was very lucky to have had you Cathy in his life.
Posted by Kiran Anwar on May 3, 2016
Dear Cathy,
I am so sorry for your loss Cathy. My heart goes out to you during this difficult time.
Posted by Dean Roberge on May 2, 2016
Kelly, I will never forget when Sandy and I moved in across the road from you and Cathy on Glovers Road in Oshawa. You were the first person to introduce yourself and offer your help, if we ever needed anything. We became great friends over the years and even after you moved away we spoke many times on the phone. Sandy and I are truly heart broken you had to leave this world to soon and we will never forget your kind spirit.

Cathy our heart goes out to you during this difficult time. We were all so fortunate to have Kelly in our lives. Kelly touched so many of us in so many different ways. We will really miss our friend Kelly!
Posted by Arthur Pearce on April 15, 2016
Although we never knew Kelly, we know he was a great man, like his father Larry. We only met Larry's family later in life through some ancestry research that we had take on. Larry and Art bonded quickly as brothers, which they are.
We have shared the family events through e-mails and through a couple of gathering. With heavy hearts we sadly share the loss of Kelly.
To the Pearce family we want to say: "Your loved one is not far away but is as close to you as your warmest memories".
We hope those cherished memories bring comfort in your days ahead. God bless you all.
Warmest regards Art and Merle Pearce/family.
Posted by Paul Doran on April 15, 2016
Because he was generous and kind; caring and genuine.
For his smile and his service; for games and grub. For humor and honesty, inquisitiveness and interest. Because he was there for family, for neighbours and friends. Because he made me laugh, because he made Aunt Cathy happy. For cokes and model planes and old playboy mags. For these reasons, and a hundred more. He was loved. He is missed. He will always be remembered. With a tear, and a smile. I'll miss you, Uncle Kelly.
Posted by Vicki Mitchell on April 15, 2016
During family visits in Nanaimo, teenaged Kelly was extraordinarily kind and patient as he gently distanced himself from a very young me. Kelly, reflected his parents diplomacy as he ensured I was happily occupied. Qualities he obviously maintained throughout his life as remembered above. Sending heartfelt condolences to all of Kelly's family. Vicki Mitchell (Hamilton)
Posted by Pat Loughran on April 14, 2016
Condolences to Kelly's famiy, my heart goes out to you, thinking of you Cathy, with heartfelt sorrow,
Posted by Diana Krimmer on April 14, 2016
A father/son relationship is unique and special. No matter on earth or in heaven, that always continues. Our memories always live on and can never be taken away from us. Our condolences to our dear friend Larry, his wife Laurie, Scott, and Kelly's family.
Posted by Donna Horbay on April 14, 2016
Condolences to the Kellly's family, you left this earth far too soon, but your memory lives in the hearts of all who loved you.
Posted by Allie Pearce on April 14, 2016
You will be missed by your wife, father, brother, niece and the rest of your family. I will make sure to tell your future great nieces/nephews about you.
Posted by Leigh Doran on April 14, 2016
Uncle Kelly had a certain openness to him, a wide-eyed warmth and generosity that he extended to every single person he encountered in life. It didn’t matter who you were or where you came from.. stranger or family member, waiter or bus driver, millionaire or beggar… Kelly would look you in the eye with a warm smile and a story to tell.  He never overlooked anyone; he made everyone feel acknowledged and important. I will never forget the welcome sight of him and Aunt Cathy arriving at our family functions, a big teddy bear with a cooler of coke in tow and a basket of gifts for everyone. He was the type of guy that would give you the shirt off his back, the type of guy that was arranging thank you gifts for nurses and hospital workers even as he lay in a hospital bed battling serious illness. Such generosity of spirit is rare and exceptional. He was a good man and the world was a better place for having known him. Rest in Peace Uncle Kelly XXOO
Posted by Karen Doran on April 14, 2016
One of the things I appreciated most about Kelly is how genuine he was. 'What you saw is what you got.' He genuinely liked helping people and that has been reflected in the heartfelt response to his passing by his neighbours & friends. I loved that he was so good to Cathy and I'm so happy that they found each other. Kelly always expressed an interest in his nieces and nephews and loved to spend time with them. And Kelly always made those great mashed potatoes for Thanksgiving and Christmas! Kelly thanks for making our family yours.
love,Karen & Larry
Posted by Jamie Howlett on April 12, 2016
Missing you already.

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Posted by Cathy Pearce on June 15, 2020
We were married on a beautiful June day 29 years ago today. Kelly - If I had my life to live over again I would find you sooner so that I could love you longer. Happy anniversary my love.
Posted by Cathy Pearce on March 18, 2020
It has been 4 years today Kelly and while my mind knows you are gone my love, my heart just can't accept it. I miss you so much sweetheart. All my love xoxo
Posted by Cathy Pearce on December 25, 2019
Merry Christmas sweetheart. For every day we were together you made me love you more and more. Kelly, you are and will always be the love of my life.❤️❤️❤️
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LIFE LESSONS LEARNED FROM KELLY

Shared by Bryan Perry on May 9, 2016

Below is the speech that I was honoured to give at Kelly's Celebration of LIfe.  I hope it provides everyone with an idea of what kind of a person he was and how fortunate I feel to have been able to call him my friend.                



                 KELLY PEARCE CELEBRATION OF LIFE SPEECH 

 

* I met Kelly in High School.   We were in a couple of classes together.  Fortunately I had good marks in those classes as I think many of you know Kelly did not suffer fools.  One of my favourites was auto shop that we took together.  Often worked on things that were a bit more challenging than other students.  Kelly was better at this class than I was.

* I remember Kelly had lived in the States as his father had been posted to Washington, DC.  He was a good basketball player and at many schools would have made the basketball team, unfortunately our school was the top ranked school in the country and had a couple of players who went on to lead the University of Victoria to 5 straight national championships.  Kelly, like a lot of good bb players at our school, could only cheer the team on.  
 

* I also remember Kelly being in Reserves but did not think much of it at first because I was a long haired civilian who could not imagine cutting my hair to join the military.  Of course that changed in the summer following High School graduation when I saw an ad for Communication Reserves in the paper.  I figured I would give it a go for the summer then quit so I could grow my hair long to fit in at university.  Although I did not see Kelly my first summer in Reserves (he was in Egypt on a call out at the time) I did enjoy my summer and opted to stay in the Reserves.   

* Kelly eventually came back from his time in Egypt and we did many exercises together as part of 748 CommunicationsTroop.  For those of you who did not know Kelly during this part of his life I can assure you that he was an outstanding radio and teletype operator.  I was not nearly as technically proficient at military skills as Kelly was but I did at this time learn my first valuable lesson from Kelly.  I learned that I did not have to be the best at something, I simply had to surround myself with the Kelly Pearce’s of the world and be smart enough to capitalize on their expertise.  I continue to use this skill today thanks to Kelly

* Kelly left to join the Regular Force while I was still in Reserves but I would still see him regularly when he was posted to Holberg (northern tip of Vancouver Island) and would come home to Nanaimo regularly.
 

* I also visited Kelly when he was posted to the Tac Hel Sqn in Edmonton.  I think it was a posting he really enjoyed.   I did not see as much of Kelly during his time in Kingston as I was by this time in Victoria starting my career in the Navy.  

 

* I do remember Kelly telling me about meeting a wonderful lady at the restaurant at the Holiday Inn in Kingston.  She was apparently reading by herself at a table and Kelly made a comment about the book as he had read it previously.  They struck up a conversation and as they say the rest is history.  Kelly at this time was on Standby to go to the Middle East for Gulf War 1.  They had time for all of three dates before Kelly deployed. Of course Kelly being the die-hard romantic that he was in no time at all he was proposing over the phone from the Persian Gulf.   Cathy of course being the shrewd woman that she is waited to review the offer in writing.  

* The time eventually came where Kelly had to choose between the military and the woman he loved and of course it was an easy choice.   Those of us who knew Kelly know he loved the military but clearly he loved Cathy far more.  

* Kelly went on to Durham College in Oshawa and received a Certificate in Business Operations Management in Jun 95.  He got a job with Bombardier as a Work and Materiel Planner but as we all know the company has had its struggles and Kelly was eventually laid off.  Kelly later went to work for Goodrich Aerospace specializing in making landing gear for aircraft.  

* By this time Kelly and Cathy were living in Oshawa and while I was teaching a course in Borden (Barrie) I went to visit them.  Zuni, their beloved dog, appeared to take an immediate shine to me and followed me all over the house.  Cathy also seemed to like me but fortunately did not feel compelled to follow me all over the house.  

* When I introduced my wife, Roseann, to Kelly she remarked on how welcoming he was to her and how pleased she was that someone from my past who she had just met made her feel like she had been with me forever.   One of the things that I loved best about Kelly was that it did not matter what had gone on in your own life i.e. where you chose to live, what employment you chose, etc. if you were his friend you were his friend for life and nothing you did could change that.   Loyalty like that is something to be truly admired.  I have tried to adopt that philosophy within my own life as well.  Thanks Kelly.

* I have been fortunate throughout my military career and was able achieve a fair degree of success.   I think we all know people that are sometimes envious of their friend’s successes. I have to say that Kelly was the exact opposite.  He was always as thrilled about any success that I achieved as I was myself.  I have always appreciated that about him as having him celebrate an achievement with me made it that much sweeter.  Once again I try to emulate that in my own life and celebrate the successes of my friends with the same degree of enthusiasm that I would celebrate my own successes.  Thanks Kelly

* We came down to visit Kelly in Oct of last year.  I was at that time, like everyone else in this room I am sure, concerned but hoping for the best knowing that Kelly was a fighter.  What I remember most about that visit was that there was a brief period where Cathy and Roseann had gone to one of the lounges in the hospital and I was alone with Kelly.  During this time he immediately voiced his concern for Cathy if anything were to happen to him.  I was touched by his selflessness.  Even though he was obviously in pain and knew the struggle he faced he was able to put that aside and think about others ahead of himself.  It is something we should all aspire to do if ever faced with similar situations.  Thanks Kelly

* Cathy kept us regularly updated on Kelly’s condition and I know that he fought the good fight right up until the end.  He is at peace now and pain free and for that we can all be grateful.   I will miss our long phone conversations about any number of wide ranging topics and I won’t be able to sit in the Coco Berry Café, a place we often go for breakfast when staying at the Westin Harbour Castle in Toronto, without picturing Kelly strolling in with his Tilley hat and backpack looking so happy to see us.  As I said on Facebook the day Kelly passed, in the words of Charlie Puth “It’s been a long day without you my friend, I’ll tell you all about it when I see you again.”  Rest in Peace Kelly.  You will not be forgotten.  

From Kelly's Niece

Shared by Allie Pearce on May 6, 2016

I never visited Uncle Kelly in Ontario (I live in BC), but he did visit us here. I remember when I was about five or six Kelly and Cathy came. I had an old teddy lamp that broke and scared me. We had put it in the guest room. I remember warning Uncle Kelly and Auntie Cathy not to go into the closest, because the teddy lamp might get you.

We also spend lots of time talking to him on the phone. He was one of those people, who if you saw his name come up on call display, you better make sure you have lots of time. The last time I talked to him on the phone was in January 2015, the day after my 20th birthday. I can't remember what we talked about, though I do recall briefly discussing my job the summer before and I quite enjoyed the discussion. I obviously thought about Uncle Kelly calling a lot because I dreamed it one night. The other people in the dream didn't know Kelly, but seemed to know that he liked to talk. 

In real life, he liked to talk too. When he came out to BC for a visit in May 2013, Kelly and the rest of the family (including me), had some long and enjoyable discussions. 

I will truly miss getting calls from Uncle Kelly and visiting him when he came out.
 

My Son Kelly Pearce

Shared by Larry Pearce on April 14, 2016

I'm hoping to tell the story about my son Kelly Michael Pearce.

He was a noble, strong, generous and affectionate person who gave freely to everyone who came in contact with him. He was noted for his sense of humor his quick laugh and for his ability to organize things.

As a child, Kelly was a wonderfully, happy boy with a habit of getting into scrapes and a sense of mischief. He used to love riding his rocking horse, often falling asleep while rocking away. He was a curious little boy, always adventurous. He caused no shortage of anxious moments. For example, he got up early while on a camping trip and deciding to go swimming. I awoke in the tent and leapt outside only to find our German Shephard, Fleet, holding on to the seat of his pants to prevent him from going into the lake.

Then there was the time when his mother and I left him momentarily in the car while we went into a corner store to get some cold drinks. Kelly put the car into neutral. I just managed to jump into the car to stop it from heading down the hill with Kelly laughing in delight.

Then there was the time he decided to wash our neighbour Charlie Pachal's new Buick hard top.  Giggling and wielding the soap and hose, he thoroughly washed the car inside and outside.

As he grew up, the road for Kelly was not always easily tread, but he met the challenges that were put in his path. He and his best friend Brian Perry were high school pals and spent time in the reserves together and then in the regular force where Brian, much to Kelly's delight, progressed to the rank of Major.

He met Cathy Doran on Sept. 27th, 1990 in the dining room of the Holiday Inn in Kingston when he was on 12 hour call out to go to the Persian Gulf. They had three dates before he left for the gulf on Oct. 26th. The two of them ran up huge phone bills while he was there (so much so that Bell Canada would call Cathy after each monthly bill just to make sure the calls were legitimate). She never did tell Kelly the total amount of the phone bill!

Kelly proposed to Cathy over the phone from Bahrain in November and they were the first couple to be married at the Oshawa Curling Club on June 15, 1991. Shortly thereafter, Kelly and Cathy got their first border collie, Kelsey and he left the military. He started at Durham College in the fall of 1991, completing a one year general studies program with honours in June 1992 and graduating with a Certificate in Business Operations Management in June 1995. While Kelly was in school he also taught first year business students as an instructor in the inventory management program - something he enjoyed greatly.

He started working with Bombardier Aerospace in Downsview after graduation as a Work and Material Planner until Bombardier did a massive layoff in 2002. He then worked for two years on a contract basis at the Pickering Nuclear Generating Plant as a Retrofit Planner. In 2005 he started with Goodrich Aerospace in Oakville as a Work and Material Planner and he and Cathy got their second border collie, Zuni. In 2006, Kelly and Cathy left Oshawa and moved to Hamilton. Kelly stayed at Goodrich until 2009 when Goodrich did a staffing restructuring of the unit where Kelly was working. Kelly then accepted the position of Domestic Project Manager of the Pearce household - a role that he carried out brilliantly right up until the end.

Trying to describe Kelly is easy; he was well liked and he was always ready to help and never turned down a request when asked for assistance. If you wanted a problem solved he would do his best to find the solution. He had a keen sense of communications and computers and the use of electronics.

His love of Irish music, in particular, the many songs of the Clancy Brothers brought much enjoyment to the family and to me; we shared much of the music together and in particular "Finnegan’s Wake" and his favourite Irish rebel folk song "Johnson's Motor Car."

Kelly had a strong sense of community and he was able to make friends easily and seldom had a harsh word – he had close friends in the neighborhood and in the military. He liked nothing better than eating steak with friends and family and his favourite phrase was "I love it when a plan comes together."

There was sunshine in his smile, and a twinkle in his eye, and a love for family including his loving wife Cathy, the Doran clan, his brother Scott and his family, Heather and Allie, and myself and my wife Laurie.

Kelly Pearce, was my Sunny Boy and I miss him terribly.