- January 14, 2021
Philip August Pearson
Philip, with his wife and son at his side, passed peacefully on January 27, 2022 at the Stuart Meyer Hospice House in Palm Coast, FL. He leaves behind his wife of 54 years, Alexandra (Sandy) Pearson, son William (Bill) Pearson, sister, Sharon Netsch of Deep River, CT, brother, Robert Pearson of Stanardsville, VA, and many cousins, nieces and nephews.
He spent countless hours working with the State of Florida Development Disabilities Council and the local unit of the Agency for People with Disabilities.
Phil was born in Middletown, Connecticut on May 6, 1945 to William and Frances Pearson of Chester, Connecticut. The family eventually moved to Deep River, Ct. His childhood was filled with many interests and pursuits including fishing, hunting, music, painting, woodworking, chess, among many, many others. He attended Valley Regional High School in Middletown, CT, where he excelled in academics and was perpetually on the Dean’s List. Because of his scholastic excellence, he was selected to attend Choate Summer School for Advanced Scholarship in Math and Science in Wallingford, CT. Phil’s leadership abilities were also evident as he held the offices of President of the Deep River Junior Chess Club and Deep River Junior Horseshoe League. He started a 3 person music group, The Particles, in which he played accordion. The group played several gigs in Deep River for various functions. He was also a member of the Deep River Fife and Drum Corps. After graduating High School, he attended the University of Connecticut and studied Electrical Engineering. He became President of the UCONN chapter of the Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineering (IEEE) and Vice-President of fraternity Eta Kappa Nu. One lucky Freshman class had Phil as their counselor. He had a Rock Band, The Blue Embers, in which he played keyboard for several functions at the College. After graduation with a Bachelor of Science in Engineering he was employed by Bell Laboratories/Lucent in No. Andover, MA for 33 years, during which time he earned his Masters Degree at Northeastern University. He also took up the study of photography, ham radio, golf, and Violin and Viola, a passion that he continued for the rest of his life. After a brief move to Ashburn, Virginia, he worked for Chromatis/Lucent in Herndon, VA as Director of Sustaining Engineering. He also taught at ECPI ( East Coast Polytechnic Institute) in Prince William County, VA. After moving to Palm Coast in 2004, he continued with ECPI teaching online as adjunct professor. Along with his other interests, he studied the art of rehairing bows for stringed instruments and opened a small business, Phil’s Bow Rehair, doing rehairing and minor repairs. He spent countless hours working with the State of Florida Development Disabilities Council and the local unit of the Agency for People with Disabilities. The card game of bridge, one that he thought he would never like, became another passion. He was a member of the Palm Coast Duplicate Bridge Club and built the initial website. He was a member of the Chamber Players of Palm Coast playing Viola and, along with his wife, hosted many quartet/quintet sessions at his home. Phil was a history buff and read many books and watched online courses of same. Technology, friends, many musicians, neighbors, and bridge players were the focus of his last years.