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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