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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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Allan Prochuk

Posted at 10:12am
Dear Jan, Stan and family Though we didn't know Kevin personally we have read the loving remembrances of him. What a terrible loss for your family, but it is so true that Kevin will always be with you in your hearts and souls, as you remember the great, sweet and unique things about him. I so clearly remember meeting you two for a lively happy chatty breakfast on Robson St in Vancouver a couple of years ago - with Glenn and Carolyn Peckover. I heard then so many lovely things about your family, and in particular Kevin.
We are so very sorry for your loss. Allan & Heather Prochuk
JB

Janet Beales

Posted at 08:23am
Dear Jan, Stan, Craig, Tracy & Kyle,
Overwhelming for you, this unexpected and deep loss of dearest Kevin your son and brother.
Kevin enjoyed a happy lively young life within the warmth and security of your family.
His later emotional struggles were also your pain as you travelled the bumpy road right with him, constant in your love and strength.
We send our deepest condolences to you and Kevin’s extended family as your grieve his loss.
With our love, Janet & Joe
GC

Greg Clark

Posted at 08:54am
Kevin was a special nephew to me. I know he had his struggles, but I choose to remember the happy times. From his baptism on a beautiful sunny day in 1976, tossing the football around since he was young til we both were older and slower. Talking about sports and rock music, and his amazing sports card collection and incredible knowledge of both teams and players. His passion for writing and poetry. Lastly his love of camp fires with friends. So glad we got to share some fires last summer together.
RIP Kevin, You will be missed by many...........
 
SP

Stan Pearce Posted at 01:40pm

Thanks for your Testament Greg. It was good for me to recall the good old days when he had that encyclopedic knowledge of sports teams . And the love for campfires was a joy for Kevin all his life.
 
JP

Jan Pearce Posted at 10:09pm

Dear Greg. Thank you for those lovely memories of Kevin's earlier carefree days ..... "When someone you treasure becomes a memory, their memories become a treasure." Love Jan
LV

Lorraine Versluis

Posted at 09:36pm
Kevin was a visitor to our place for many years, usually at Steven's birthdays for a dinner which included some of Steves friends, and his friend Kevin was such a special friend of his, loved the plates of lasagna, wings, etc. that my husband Ed would make for all the guys, he loved to eat, and he was always the gentleman with us.
I think of the struggles of mental illness a lot and feel so badly for you, his family. I was so shaken when I heard of this, and my heart aches for all of you. I saw a little poem today and immediately thought of the Pearce Family. "Death takes the body. God takes the Soul. Our mind holds the memories. Our hearts keep the love. Our faith lets us know we will meet again.".
Lorraine Versluis
 
JP

Jan Pearce Posted at 09:47pm

Thank you Lorraine for your kind and thoughtful remembrance of Kevin. Since Kevin's birthday was 2 days after Steven's (Dutch's) we always heard about the birthday fun at Dutch's family party. Dutch and Kevin were such close friends. Kevin will be dearly missed by his family and friends. Thank you for your poem. I will treasure the words. Sincerely, Jan
JS

Joan Smyth

Posted at 10:28am
Dear Jan, Stan, Craig, Tracy and Kyle,
We are profoundly heartbroken for you all. Finding the words to express our sadness and grief is impossible. We know Kevin is at peace now and that is very comforting. Having known Kevin since he was born, he was such a kind and gentle soul, we send our love and prayers, our support and deepest sympathies to you all. All our love, Rick and Joan Smyth
 
JP

Jan Pearce Posted at 09:51pm

Dear Rick and Joan, Thank you for your condolences. We feel supported by your love and prayers and forever friendship. Much love, Stan and Jan
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