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Charles F. Pearson

June 21, 1910 March 21, 2007
Charles F. Pearson
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Charles Franklin Pearson St. Albans - Charles Franklin Pearson passed away at Redstone Villa in St. Albans, VT on March, 21, 2007. He was born on the first day of summer on June 10, 1910, during the passage of Halley’s Comet and died on the first full day of spring 96 years later. He was the son of Josie (Critchett) and John Pearson. Charlie graduated from Portsmouth, NH High School in 1927. He received his B.S. in Chemistry at the University of New Hampshire in 1934 where he was a member of the Alpha Tau Omega fraternity and the Alpha Chi Omega Chemistry fraternity. Upon graduation he was employed by the Union Carbide Corporation from which he retired in 1968. He married Ruth Sappington Tay in Wilmette, Illinois on June 25, 1938. He and Ruth had lived in St. Albans since 1948. Following his retirement, he was a director of the Franklin-Lamoille Bank (now TD Banknorth) serving as Secretary to the Board of Directors. He was active in many organizations including the Owl Club, the Power Squadron, the St. Albans Bay Watershed Association and the Franklin Lodge #4, F & AM. He was a long-time member of Rotary International. He served as President, and received the Paul Harris Fellowship Award. He was a member of the committee that founded the annual St. Albans Rotary Home and Recreation Expo. For many years he had a large garden, harvesting and freezing vegetables for the winter well into his 90's. In his late 80’s he planted pear trees anticipating they would grow and give him pears for breakfast in a few years. He realized his goal. He enjoyed summers at the family camp on Hathaway Point. Point picnics were a highlight of the summer for him. He taught all his grandchildren how to fish and operate a motor boat on Lake Champlain. In his younger years he was an avid fly fisherman and could be seen on the brooks on opening day. He taught himself how to sail and for many years had a sailboat on Lake Champlain. In retirement he liked to travel, visiting several countries in Europe, Central and South America. He also realized a long-time dream to visit Hawaii. He could repair and build anything. He always had a project going. After buying his first computer at age 81, he taught himself how to type so he could communicate with his farflung family and friends. Until age 94 he used the computer every day. He was preceded in death by his wife Ruth, daughter, Patricia and grandson Michael Umphrey; sister Doris Cox and brother John Pearson. He is survived by his daughter, Anne Umphrey of Concord, MA; and son and daughter-in-law, William T. and Marguerite(Peggy)Pearson of Stowe, VT; grandchildren Tay and Kimberley Pearson; Willard Umphrey, Jr.; Catherine and husband, Julian Cowart; and his two-week old great-grandson Lawrence Cowart II. He also leaves his sister, Ellen Wilder and her husband, Cal; sister-in-law, Florence Pearson and numerous nieces and nephews, grandnieces and grandnephews. The family wishes to thank the staff at Redstone Villa for their compassionate kindness and care, making it truly a home for Charlie. The family also gives special thanks to Earl Greenia of St. Albans for his assistance and years of friendship. The Burial Office will be celebrated on Tuesday, March 27, 2007, at 11:00 A.M. in St. Luke’s Episcopal Church on the corner of Fairfield and Church streets. The Reverend Dennis E. Hayward will be celebrant. Prayers of Committal and interment will be later this spring at the family lot in the St. Albans Bay Cemetery. Charlie’s family will receive friends on Monday, March 26th from 5 - 7:30 P.M. in the Heald Funeral Home, 87 South Main Street. In lieu of flowers, memorial may be made to the St. Albans Area Watershed Association, P.O. Box 1567, St. Albans, Vermont 05478. Messages of condolence to Charlie’s family are welcome at

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