South Mesa, Ariz. - John William Pearson Jr., 58, formerly of Waterford, passed away peacefully in his sleep, Sunday, April 25, 2010, at his home in Arizona.
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Mr. Pearson was born on Oct. 21, 1951, in Rhode Island. He was predeceased by his parents, John and Mary Allen Pearson and his niece, Colby McLaughlin.
John graduated from New London High School and later went on to serve many years in the Waterford Police Department. Then after his retirement, he worked in sales and financing for various auto dealers, but his passion since youth had always been music, specifically the drums. He spent many years in the late 60s through the mid 70s traveling with bands, The Windjammers, The Wildweeds,The Foremost, P.F and The Flyers, Spyders Gang, just to name a few, and more recently with Special Twenty. His charisma and talent was seen by many, and anyone who knew him would describe him as quick witted and very fun to be around as the laughs were almost guaranteed. John's happiest moments were always spent with his family, many friends, and his new found love of becoming a grandfather.
Mr. Pearson will be sorely missed and is survived by his wife, Robin Grano Pearson and her son, Jesse Grano; his son, John W. Pearson III and fiancee, La Siphaxay of Waterford; his daughters, Deena Pearson of Groton, Melissa Pearson of Maine, and Abbigail Downs of California; his two sisters, Diane Rossi and her husband, Joseph, of New York and Janice McLaughlin and her husband, Gary, of Rhode Island; three grandchildren, Dylan Pearson, Chase Grant, and Lindsay Downs; and nieces, Michelle and Amanda Rossi and Cassidy and Madison McLaughlin.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 11 a.m. on Monday, May 3, 2010, in St. Mary Star of the Sea Church in New London. Interment will follow in St. Mary Cemetery, New London. Calling hours will be held from 7 to 9 p.m. on Sunday, May 2, 2010, in Fulton-Theroux Funeral Home, 181 Ocean Ave., New London CT 06320.
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Published in The Day on May 1, 2010