Thomas Edwin (Ned) Pearse was born March 29, 1934 on the family farm in Silver Stream, to parents Dora (Yelland) and Franklin Pearse. Ned was the oldest of Frank and Dora’s three children, next was Norman, and then Lynda.
Ned’s early years on the farm were spent enjoying the outdoors. He learned a lot about animals and had great patience when it came to observing their habits and devising ways to get up close and personal. He learned to shoot at an early age and enjoyed target practice; he developed very good marksmanship skills and a lifelong love of guns. As young boys, he and Norm helped out with the bee equipment and around the farm; later Ned would take over the bee operation from Frank, and Norm would take over the farming end.
After early schooling in Silver Stream, Ned attended a diesel mechanics course in Winnipeg at the Manitoba Technical Institute and later an agriculture course in Prince Albert. Ned enjoyed woodworking and built some unusual projects over the years such as homemade boats, water skis, a custom gun cabinet, a curved door wardrobe, elaborate bird and squirrel houses and intricate wooden boxes. Ned enjoyed spending time with his friends and hunting (mostly with a camera).
Things changed for Ned when Helen started working at the bee farm of Frank and Dora Pearse in Silver Stream, extracting honey. It wasn’t long after the two were married. They made a home just a half mile north of Frank‘s, and began their own family of five children; David, Tanya, Liza, Darcy, and Cindy. There were great family memories made there involving wonderful animals, pets, vacations and fun.Ned and Helen were beekeepers in the Silver Stream area until 1978, when they moved into Tisdale. They continued beekeeping in Eldersley, as well as doing some janitorial and mail contracts. They enjoyed spending time in the bush quarter at Bjorkdale, visiting with grandchildren and relatives. Sundays were family time.
Ned was still actively involved in beekeeping, even managing to do the lion’s share of the extracting last season. He enjoyed “puttering” with woodworking projects and still had plans to complete the addition he recently built onto the house.
When Helen developed dementia Ned made the difficult but necessary decision to place her in care. He was extremely devoted to her all the while she was in care, feeding and visiting with her pretty much daily. Losing Tanya to cancer and Helen last year was a lot for him to adjust to but he managed in his quiet and determined way.
Dad passed suddenly from this life doing what he wanted to be doing, with his independence and wits about him. We believe that is what he wanted and he is at peace. The family wishes to extend a big thank you to all who attended to Dad in his final moments.
Ned was predeceased by his parents Franklin and Dora, wife Helen (Burns)Pearse, daughter Tanya Pearse, brothers in law Herman(Muriel) Burns, Russell Burns, Roy (Carol) Burns, sisters in lawEveryl(John)Hudak, Rose (Hudson)Broadhead, Jeanette (Art)Brett, Margaret (Martin)Zielke and June (Don)Stoltz.
He is survived by his brother Norman (Fran)Pearse, sister Lynda (Ed)Schneider, brother in law Robert Burns, sister in law Esther Burns, son David Pearse, daughters Liza Pearse, Darcy Ludwig and Cindy Pearse(Michael Mahussier), grandchildren Troy (Marianne)McConnell, Lindy McConnell(Carling Middlestead), Casey McConnell(Chris Lucszka), Carly Ludwig (Cody Almasi), Josie Mahussier, Shannan Mahussier(Ryan Rodenbush), Dani Mahussier and great granddaughter Isla Almasi, as well as many cousins, nieces, nephews and their families.