PIERCE, GAEL EDWARD January 23, 1924 to January 24, 2013 Gael Edward Pierce lived a full and exciting life before passing away peacefully a day after his 89th birthday in Oceanside, CA. Born in Buchanan, MI, to Viola and Allen Pierce, he was preceded in death by his parents and siblings: Richard Pierce, Carol Lamport and Mary Ellen Jones. A Navy veteran, Gael served his country in WWII as a pilot, earning the rank of LTJG. After getting a degree in Education, Gael worked for the Dept. of Defense School System for 30 years; his first job at Keflavik Air Force Base in Iceland where he met his future wife, Tisa. With assignments in Spain, Sicily and Holland, Gael and his family enjoyed traveling throughout Europe. Moving to the Philippines in 1969, he attained Doctorates in Education and Psychology and was a school psychologist for over 20 years. He was an enthusiastic educator, always searching for the best way to engage children. An avid sportsman, Gael loved to play tennis and golfed well into his 80s, earning several holes-in-one. He was a dedicated runner, often earning medals for placing in the top of his age group. He tackled every day with verve and energy and expected the same of his daughters, who learned everything from sports to the love of literature to self-reliance from him. He is survived by wife Tisa and daughters: Nina (Keith) Baker; Elin Pierce and husband Jon Barnhill; Alyta (Don) Mitchell; and grandchildren Caitlin, Eric, Cameron and Morgan. A military honors service celebrating his life to be held February 21 at 9:30 a.m. at Fort Rosecrans National Cemetery Committal Shelter.

Published in The San Diego Union Tribune on Feb. 10, 2013