Charles Pearson III
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PEARSON - Charles, III Cmdr. USCG Ret. Age 97, of Snyder, NY, died May 8, 2020, under the care of Hospice after a long period of decline. Charles is survived by his beloved partner, Sandra L. Heffler, loving children Linda (Emery) Pence and Charles Warren Pearson, grandson David Andrew Lauer and special friend James Jacobs. He was predeceased by his parents Charles Jr. and Cecelia Plummer Pearson, and his daughter Charlotte Treadwell Pearson. Charles served with the US Coast Guard during World War II in the Mediterranean and the Pacific and was part of the occupation forces in Japan. He witnessed the raising of the American flag on Iwo Jima. After the war, Charles worked as a supervising engineer for American Machine & Foundry, and subsequently as a logistics coordinator for Bernal Foam Products and then Recticel Foam Corporation. He also continued with his love of sailing and travel, visiting 64 countries in Asia, Europe, Africa and South America. He was a Life Member of the Buffalo Canoe Club. He served on the Citizens Advisory Board of the Buffalo Historical Society and was a founding member of the Rail Barons volunteer group that created and ran the Christmas train exhibit for the Society. For about 20 years, Charles did set design and construction for the Amherst Players. He was also an amazing woodworker and loved making furniture, toys for his grandson and Christmas ornaments which have all become family heirlooms. Graveside Services will be private. A date for a future Memorial Service will be announced. If desired, memorials in Charles’ name may be made to the SPCA of Erie County which his parents were instrumental in establishing. Arrangements entrusted to JOHN E. ROBERTS FUNERAL HOME.
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