Obituary of Charles Pearson
Our hearts and our heads can’t understand how the World’s Greatest Dad & Friend is gone, he declined the ‘Universe’ title due to all the attention and ceremonial duties. Missing him the most are Jan, Suzanne, Danielle & Todd, along with Peter, Suzanne V, Louis, and of course Max & Barks.
Ever generous and thoughtful, one of Dad’s closest friends describes him as an incredible person with depth of character, kindness and wisdom. To which we would add, how much he made us all smile and laugh.
His accomplishments at Ogilvy & Mather, Straiton Pearson Martin & Holman, Saatchi & Saatchi and Toyota are too numerous to name, but did earn him the moniker Yoda (NB. for his brilliance, not his age). A career that started in Toronto, his talents couldn’t be contained to this continent and he soon went International, first Down-Under and then to Singapore. Moves like this caused a stir on Six Mile Lake and some cottagers questioned, was he CIA? Something Dad could neither confirm nor deny, for obvious reasons.
As O&M Managing Director in Singapore and later Partner in his own agency in Canada, Dad’s clients included Rolex, Fiat, Toyota, Mercedes-Benz, Canada Dry, Gulf and Hyundai Motor Corp’s intro to Canada, just to name a few. Thank goodness for YouTube so we can still screen a young Carling Bassett celebrate an Ace with a C’Plus.
When Dad didn’t want to do something, he would reply “I’m not sure how that works.” At first it was on PEI road trips when we wanted to stop at a hotel with an outdoor pool, later it was when we asked to borrow the car, although he always caved. Now, “I’m not sure how that works,” seems like the only thing we can say about him not being here.
To honour Dad, please consider one or all of the following… Donate your time or money to a local charity; be a mentor to someone you believe in; choose a signature karaoke song and sing your heart out (Louis Armstrong’s ‘What A Wonderful World’ is taken); always end your calls with “love you” and never… ever… say no to pie & ice cream.
A service will be held at La Maquette, 111 King St. E., Toronto on Thursday, November 22nd at 11am.
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