Robert Pearce

Bob Pearce, a lifelong resident of Flagstaff, an institution at the Snow Bowl, and a Viking among men to his family and friends, passed away at his home in the early hours of November 19th surrounded by his family, his dogs, and his loving cat.

Bob was a life-long resident of Flagstaff and had the privilege - and sometimes the shock - of seeing his beloved home town change and evolve over his 75 years. He was an active child which earned him the fond affections of his mother and occasionally the ire of his teachers. Ever the adventurer, he often found just enough trouble to make life interesting. As an example, at 5 years old he nearly took an unexpected solo trip out of town when the train he was using for a jungle gym began its journey with him still on board. Good sense kicked in and he jumped off before he found himself in Winslow. The stories go on and only get better.

As a young man Bob attended Northern Arizona University and earned a master's degree in Psychotherapy in 1968. Not only was he successful academically (if one doesn't count spelling - another story there!), he was also successful in love, meeting his soulmate and lifelong partner, Celeste. She took his hand at a party and never let go and he told his mother after every date "I really like that girl". Apparently so because they were together for 56 years and married for 54 of those, always together and rarely not smiling.

In his professional life, Bob was among the inaugural cadre of the Coconino County Guidance Center and went on to open his own private practice some years later. His ability to communicate was only outmatched by his gift of listening. He made a difference in so many lives here in Flagstaff and his family remains incredibly proud of him.

It's hard to know which Bob loved more, fly fishing in the summer or skiing in the winter. He was a man of sport, playing or participating in a range of activities broad enough to boggle the mind - softball, volleyball, basketball (sorry, no golf!), cycling, fishing, hiking, walking... I'm sure there are more! He was also a highly talented woodworker and a skilled handyman, up to fixing any broken thing which thought to challenge him.

Bob loved his home town and was a Flagstaff fixture. We believe there are a great many here who love him, too. Those who knew him understand that he wouldn't want flowers and his family doesn't need anything but love. Anyone wishing to make a tribute of some kind can offer a donation to Hospice of Flagstaff who helped the entire family so much in his last few days.

Thanks, dad, for all the laughs, the love, and the stories. We'll share them all for years to come.

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Published by Arizona Daily Sun on Nov. 22, 2020.
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I send my sympathy for your great loss. The world has lost a truly wonderful man. I was Mr. Pearce´s client in the late seventies and early eighties. He was a talented, insightful therapist. I know that my work with him saved my sanity. He became a colleague when I later became a counselor at the Guidance Center. Working with him as a client and then a colleague and a friend was a blessing.
Charlotte Bedard
January 3, 2021
My deepest sympathy Celeste, Shar and Shay.
Lynn (Hubbard) Hynek
December 25, 2020
Celeste and Shar-- We send wishes of strength during your time of mourning. Please know we have fond memories of Bob, with his big smile and gigantic heart. Please accept our condolences. Don & Cheryl~
Don and Cheryl Frame
December 11, 2020
Bill Burke
December 4, 2020
Bob was one of the first guys i met when Gretchen and i started dating in 1968.He became a long time friend .He always had a smile on his face.AS years went by BOB and i would run into each other around Flagstaff and would talk about our fun in the early days of skiing and other events around town.Things had changed but Bob always remained the same jovial self!!.He will be missed!! Deepest sympathy to the family. JIM RANKE ERIK & BRUCE, Gretchen sadly passed away several years ago .But if there is a ski Run in Heaven i am sure they will meet up there!!
Jim Ranke
December 3, 2020
My deepest sympathy Mrs. Pearce. I remember being at your house during softball season and hearing you yell, "Pearce! Go Pearce" all the way from the softball fields. And every time I see an antique blue truck (they are getting rarer) I think of Mr. Pearce. Thank you both for a lot of good memories.
Deborah (Gray) Schlagel
December 2, 2020
May I say that this obituary was one of the best I have ever read! Celeste, I am so sorry to hear of Bob's passing, my prayers are with you and your family! Rest in peace Bob.
Cindy Morrell
November 30, 2020
I can't wait to hear about your crazy stories of clouds of powder in the sky...until we meet again
November 23, 2020
My heart is broken with this sad news. Mr. Pearce was the greatest second dad a person could have. All my love and support are with you Shay, Celeste and Shar, and all of the Grands and Great Grands. Flagstaff and the world have lost a truly wonderful man.
Holly Colton Seeders
November 23, 2020
He was a giant in person and size! I will miss BSing with Bob!! I am sure he is eating butter and sugar sandwiches with Velma! RIP
Betty thude
November 22, 2020
Sharing good thoughts and prayers of strength. Bob was a respected colleague who I know soothed and bettered the lives of many Flagstaff residents.
Rory Madden
November 22, 2020
Bob, your essence will live on in the mountains that you called home! Great skiing with you and enjoying life. I´ll think of you when I make my turns. Condolences to your family. Peace. Love.
November 22, 2020
Bob was a fixture at our house growing up. He and my Uncle David were inseperable as young kids and men, and were more like brothers. He was such a good man. God has a new angel. Condolences, Celeste, Sharmin and Shay.....
Sandra Hubbard Schrader
November 22, 2020