PEARSALL, Charles Maurice The Pearsall family announce the passing of Charles, Charlie to his friends, in Vienna, Austria on February 4th, 2010, one week after his 55th birthday. He will always be remembered for his sense of humour, great work ethic, sharp mind, athletic prowess, and larger-than-life personality, all of which made him a loving and caring friend and family member. Loving husband of Sonja who not only was his partner in life but a strong advocate in his fight against Multiple Myeloma. Cherished son of Betty and the late Chuck (1995). Forever in the hearts of his sisters Patricia (Sean McNeil) and Elizabeth who not only were able to be with him before his death but witnessed the outpouring of love and admiration of his friends and United Nations co-workers. The adored and special uncle to Thomas (Sobie) and Shannon, Aidan, & Ethan (McNeil). Also survived by many relatives of the Pearsall and Graham families. As a teenager he was a Riverside H.S. Rebel and a proud member of Terry Murphy's Optimist Club Concert & Marching Band. Charles attending University of Windsor and played on the Lancer B.B. Team from 73-78 (Captain 76-78). He was awarded the Olympic Shield in 1976-77 for UofW Outstanding Male Athlete. Coach Thomas, his teammates, and high school colleagues have remain steadfast friends for almost 40 years. He left the Windsor area after university to play in the European B.B. League in Austria. Staying in Vienna he soon joined the United Nations as part of the Safeguards section in the International Atomic Energy Agency and the personnel of this department were the co-winners of the Nobel Peace Prize in 2005. Although diagnosed with cancer almost 13 years ago he continued to remain active, living with his positive and humorous outlook. It wasn't his height that made him a giant among his acquaintances - it was his personality. A celebration of his life will occur on March 27th at Vanier Hall University of Windsor from 5:30 to 7:30 PM. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org for information.
Published in The The Windsor Star from Mar. 13 to Mar. 20, 2010