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Kevin Pearce

Kevin Christopher Pearce

Saturday, July 3rd, 1976 - Sunday, February 9th, 2020
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Obituary

PEARCE, Kevin Christopher -

After a lengthy struggle with severe mental illness, Kevin tragically took his own life, in Burlington, on Sunday, February 9, 2020 at the age of 43. He is the beloved oldest son of Jan and Stan Pearce. Cherished brother of Craig (Tracy) and Kyle Pearce. Special Uncle to Annie Pearce. Dear nephew of Rosemary (Steve) Savage, Greg (JoAnne) Clark and Nancy Beernaerts. Kevin will be sadly missed by his cousins and many friends. He is predeceased by his grandparents; Doris and Howard Clark, Frances and John Pearce.

Kevin was a former member of the Joseph Brant Hospital Mental Health and Addictions Community Advisory Committee. He was a volunteer at the Hospital and also worked part-time at Holland Park Garden Centre before it closed. More recently Kevin resumed writing poetry. In November he read some of his poems at “Artrageous” at the Art Gallery of Burlington, an event to promote mental health in the community. Kevin also stepped up to the “Open Mic” to read his poetry at Summit Housing and Outreach Programs just last week. His poetry is the legacy he leaves behind for his family and friends. Special thank you to Dr. Lori Chalklin, and JBH Mental Health Services for their attentive care.

Private Cremation will take place. Visitation for friends and family will be held at SMITH’S FUNERAL HOME, 485 Brant Street, Burlington, (one block north of City Hall), BURLINGTON, 905-632-3333 on Thursday, February 20, 2020 from 6-9 p.m. A Service to celebrate Kevin’s life will be held at St. Christopher’s Anglican Church, 662 Guelph Line on Friday, February 21, 2020 at 11:00am, with Reception to follow. In lieu of flowers, if desired, donations in memory of Kevin to the Schizophrenia Society of Ontario, CAMH- the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health or the “Open Doors” Mental Health Support Programs at St. Christopher’s would be sincerely appreciated by the family.
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Service Details

  • Visitation

    Thursday, February 20th, 2020 | 6:00pm - 9:00pm
    When
    Thursday, February 20th, 2020 6:00pm - 9:00pm
    Location
    Smith's Funeral Home - Brant Street
    Address
    485 Brant Street
    Burlington, ON L7R 2G5
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  • Service

    Friday, February 21st, 2020 | 11:00am
    When
    Friday, February 21st, 2020 11:00am
    Location
    St. Christopher's Anglican Church
    Address
    662 Guelph Line
    BURLINGTON, ON L7R 3M8
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  • Reception

    Location
    St. Christopher's Anglican Church
    Address
    662 Guelph Line
    BURLINGTON, ON L7R 3M8
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Real Theriault

Posted at 05:55pm
Kevin will be greatly missed by many of us who knew him. He was a quiet man with a gentle soul always ready to help at Holland Park. We wish our deepest condolences to family and friends.
Monique and Real
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Sharon Hannam

Posted at 01:11am
I was absolutely saddened to see that the world had lost Kevin. I worked at Holland Park during the same time Kevin was there and we would have the best chats in the lunch room or on the floor. I’d often bring an extra cold drink during the summer for Kevin . He’d always say “ what other job can you wear camoflauge pants to work and be fashionable “ . He was a gentle and kind soul. I hope he finds his peace. Sharon Hannam

Ashleah-Ann Rutherford

Posted at 11:55am
I had the absolute pleasure of working with Kevin at Holland Park. We had the most fun on those late slow evenings. Kevin always took his work very seriously and I loved joking around on the walky talky and playing innocent jokes just to get that big smile on his face (it really wasn’t that hard). We shared a lot of music together and Kevin made me a best of CD of the white stripes. I always looked forward to our shifts together and admired the dedication he had for his work. He never stopped moving, if there was nothing to do he would sweep sweep sweep and I would thank him profusely because I wouldn’t have to do it haha. Kevin was so thoughtful and kind, I’m going to miss our chats. My condolences to his family, you guys raised a wonderful human. xox - Ashleah-Ann
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Linda Carmichael

Posted at 10:03am
Dear Jan and Stan, our love and thoughts are with you at this very sad time! May your memories sustain you in the coming years!!
Don and Linda

Aprile Patterson

Posted at 08:20am
I was so shocked to receive the news about Kevin this morning. We worked together at Holland Park. To me he was a gentle giant.
We worked side by side every Tues, Wed and Thurs night. He never failed to show up even if he had to pedal that bike through rain, sleet or snow! Always a booming "Hey Aprile!" when he arrived. I hope he knew how much of a comfort he was to have around. And how much his work there was appreciated. RIP dear Kevin. My deepest condolences to Kevin's family and friends.
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