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60 Roe Ave
P.O. Box 539
Gander, NL A1V 2E1
Phone: 709-256-8585 or 1-888-256-8585
Fax: 709-256-7606
Lewis F.  Pearce

Lewis F. Pearce

Sunday, December 3rd, 1944 - Saturday, January 11th, 2020
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Lewis F. Pearce Sgt. Retired, CD, R.C.E.M.E. was born Dec. 3, 1944 in St. John’s, to the late Arthur L and Dorothy L Pearce. Lewis waspredeceased by his brothers Arthur Pearce, Walter Daniels and Eric Pearce and his sister Gail Nippard.
Leaving to mourn are his loving wife Rita of 52 years. His children Stephen (Crystal), Lisa and Derek. His grandchildren Kyle, Bradley, Amber, Bryce, JD, Josh (Allison), Jeffrey (Robin), Heinry Alverez. His siblings Dorothy Woodcock (Ron), Jessie Ann Lohens (Eldred), Ray (Joan), Claudia Drodge (Chess), Margaret Zeegers (Kees). Sisters in law Margaret (Peg) Pearce, Heidi Pearce and brother in law Wayne Nippard along with a large circle of nieces and nephews.
Lewis had a 28 year military career that first started in 1961 when he enrolled with the 56 Fd Sgn NFLD. His ,militia service also included time with the Royal NFLD Regt. He went on to enlist with the Canadian armed Forces in 1963 with the 2nd Battalion Canadian Guards where he stayed until 1966. During his time away from the military he met and married Rita Catherine Lawlor. Lewis reenlist in the Canadian Armed Forces in July 1969 as R.C.E.M.E. During his illustrious career he served overseas in Cyprus, 73 Cdn Svc Bn Egypt and 3 Svc Bn Baden and 3 RCR Baden. Within Canada he served in various postings that included: 12 Pers Depot Petawawa, 13 Pd Ottawa, CFSAOE Borden, CFSEME Borden and CFB Gander where he eventually retired.
After his retirement Lewis became a prominent figure in Gander through his work with the Shriners, Masons and the Royal Canadian Legion.
Family will be accepting friends at Stacey’s Funeral Home, Gander on Tuesday, January 14th from 2:00 P.M. – 4:00 P.M. and 7:00 P.M. – 9:00 P.M. Funeral Mass will take place at St. Joseph's Roman Catholic Church on Wednesday, January 15th at 11:00 a.m. officiated by Father William Hearn.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in Lewis’ memory to Shriners Sick Children or Canadian Cancer Society or Charity of One’s Choice.
Arrangements entrusted through Stacey’s Funeral Home, Gander – Carmanville.
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  • Visitation

    Tuesday, January 14th, 2020 | 2:00pm - 4:00pm
    Tuesday, January 14th, 2020 2:00pm - 4:00pm
    Stacey's Funeral Home, Gander
    60 Roe Ave
  • Second Visitation

    Tuesday, January 14th, 2020 | 7:00pm - 9:00pm
    Tuesday, January 14th, 2020 7:00pm - 9:00pm
    Stacey's Funeral Home, Gander
    60 Roe Ave
  • Service

    Wednesday, January 15th, 2020 | 11:00am
    Wednesday, January 15th, 2020 11:00am
    St. Joseph's Roman Catholic Church, Gander
    Bishop St.
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    Father William Hearn


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Jane Whynot

Posted at 07:03am
So very sorry to hear of your loss. Thinking of you during this difficult time.

Fred Wilcox

Posted at 09:54pm
It was Lewis Pearce who was so helpful, as part of Royal Canadian Legion, , when my father, Les Wilcox, died in 2008. The ceremony was done with reverence and respect. Our condolences to the family.

Fred Wilcox

Andrew Smith

Posted at 04:04pm
Gruncle Lew! Both of my sons knew you as this. I first knew you as my uncle who was in the military. This intriguing enigma who lived all over the world doing exciting things lesser men could only wish they had the courage to do. I remember you as part of two of my families. The family I am related to by blood that you married into, and the family I would later join where we became brothers in arms. I remember how excited I was to be training in Borden because you and Rita were posted there. I always appreciated having family to visit with and eat a home cooked meal with while away from my home. Then I was posted to Gander as a young MP still learning his way in life and in uniform. Again, I was excited because you and Rita were posted there too. You helped me welcome my 2 sons, Christian and Ben into the world, and you helped care for my family when I deployed to the Gulf. You helped me out on many occasions fixing the cars I could afford on a Junior NCM salary. Even after my Ford Tempo caught fire you helped keep it on the road despite how much I despised that car. You did all of this with the generosity of your time. Our most precious commodity. Everyone at CFB Gander knew my uncle ran Base Maintenance because I was happy to tell them. Lew, you had a remarkable career in the Canadian Armed Forces, but even more remarkable was you deep abiding love for your family, and your sense of duty and service, which never left when you took the uniform off. That speaks to your true character. A man willing to share and give what he had in service to others, be it his time, skills, or his heart. It is not just family who feels the sting of your passing, but an entire community will feel the loss. Thank-you for everything you did for me and my family, Lew. You will remain alive in our hearts forever, and know that you touched my life in ways few ever have. Redt easy Lew, your tour is done!

Your nephew,
Chief Warrant Officer retired
Andrew J Smith
and wife Angel

Gerald Budden

Posted at 03:41pm
Sorry to hear of Lou’s passing, I knew him well from the legion, the Masonic Lodge or the Shrine. He served all organizations with distinction. He will be truly missed. My sincere condolences.

Posted at 09:14am
Bruce and I offer our sincerest condolences

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