Edward (Ed) Alan Pearson, 78, of Wyomissing, was a beloved husband, father and pop. He passed away on March 7, 2022, at Reading Hospital, surrounded by his family.
Born in New Orleans, Louisiana on April 9, 1943, he was a son of the late Edward F. and Alice Victoria (Johnson) Pearson. He spent much of his childhood growing up in Englewood, New Jersey and later Aurora, Ohio.
It was in Aurora that Ed met his wife, Deborah Ann (Laurianti) Pearson. Together, they celebrated 50 wonderful years of marriage and raised two daughters. Much of their married life was spent in Pennsylvania after Ed was transferred for his work as a Senior Sales Engineer with Materion (formerly Brush Wellman Inc.). They established their roots in Wyomissing and over the past 45 years have developed many special friendships.
In addition to his wife, he is survived by his two loving daughters and their families: Alyssa, wife of Peter Borsuk and their children, Natalie, Caitlyn, and Brendan; and Erica, wife of Vinny DeCandido and their children, Justin and Gabriella.
Ed described his grandchildren as being his whole world. He adored them and the feeling was mutual. He affectionately became known as "Bumblebee Pop" after teasing him with his pointer finger and pretending to "buzz" them like a bee. He was an active participant in their lives despite the miles. They looked forward to his regular trips to Dunkin Donut and for ice cream, especially if it meant they could go along for a ride in his convertible "punch buggy".
Everyone who knew Ed, knew he was kind. There wasn't anything he wouldn't do for a neighbor, friend, or family member. Mr. Fix It always had a project he was working on and could be found making several trips to Home Depot on any given day. His methods were sometimes unconventional, and he had his own way of doing things, but surprisingly they always worked.
Ed was a longtime member of Christ Episcopal Church, Reading. In his free time, he loved spending it outside working in his yard and gardening. He had the most beautiful flowers, and his landscaping was the envy of the neighborhood. However, the squirrels who came to visit were not a welcome addition. He was on a never-ending mission to keep them out of his gardens and was proud of the over 80 squirrels he trapped and promptly transferred to a remote location (but only after spray painting their tails orange to track a potential return). He also loved reading through home design magazines, antiquing and refinishing furniture.
He was the best dressed in the room, especially when sporting his well-loved embroidered pants (American flags, dogs, whales, flamingos, crabs – you name it!) With his signature Henry McKenna bourbon in hand and a smile on his face, he could strike up a conversation with anyone. He instantly made friends and had a soft spot for the elderly and children.
Besides his immediate family, he is survived by two siblings, Lois, wife of John Griffith, and Donald, husband of Rebecca Pearson. His sister-in-law, Gayle Pearson, also survives him. He was predeceased by one brother, Arthur Pearson.
A visitation will be held Friday, March 18, 2022, from 6 to 8 p.m. at Edward J. Kuhn Funeral Home, Inc., West Reading. A memorial service will be held Saturday, March 19, 2022, at 10:30 a.m. at Christ Episcopal Church, Reading. Parking for the church is available in the M & T Parking lot located behind the church or at the Abraham Lincoln Garage on Washington Street. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the Tunnel to Towers Foundation, in honor of his deep love for his country.