Bill Pearson passed away at 54 from complications related to a life-long struggle with Type 1 diabetes.
Bill was a kind, selfless man with infinite courage and a laser wit. Bill was born in Dearborn, Michigan and attended Escanaba High School. In 1982, he graduated from Michigan State University where he majored in electrical engineering and minored in history. Upon graduation, Bill was recruited by IBM and moved to Vermont where he met his wife, Constance Palmisano. In 1996, after earning them a patent, IBM asked Bill to help set up a design center in Silicon Valley. During his last years, Bill worked as senior design engineer at Ericsson, Corp.
Bill lived a rich life which included travel, theater, poker, antiquing and rooting for the Detroit Lions. On Fridays, Bill and his pals played poker; on Sundays, they watched football. Off-season, Bill and his wife traveled, including annual trips to the Oregon Shakespeare Festival and to Las Vegas to meet up with his brother and sister-in-law, Sam and Doreen Palmisano. A highlight of Bill's adventures occurred at the end of a visit back to New England when he decided at the last minute to cash in plane tickets home to San Jose, buy a Dodge convertible, and Bill & Connie drove a convoluted route from Vermont back to California in six days.
Bill was a voracious reader and a wonderful story teller but his greatest joy was his family, whom he loved unconditionally. He is survived by his wife, his daughter, Rachael and granddaughter, Natalie, all of San Jose, California, and his daughter, Kelli and grandson, Parker, of Vermont. In Michigan, Bill is survived by his mother, Nancy, his sister, Lisa and her husband, Dave, his nephews, Frank and Andrew and his niece, Anna. Bill will also be greatly missed by numerous aunts, uncles, cousins, friends, neighbors, acquaintances and colleagues whose lives and hearts he touched.
Bill was predeceased by his father, Charles "Bill" Pearson; and brother, Andrew Pearson, both of whom died from diabetes-related issues, so his daughter has created this memorial in hopes of helping to advance diabetes research. Feel free to donate directly to the ADA or on this site. We're happy for any amount at all (apologies in advance that the site won't allow us to change the default figures, though you have the option to enter a different $$ amount on your own.)
A memorial service will be held Sunday, Oct. 12, 2014, at 4 p.m. at Darling & Fischer Chapel of the Hills, 615 North Santa Cruz Ave., Los Gatos, Calif. Please come by for the service or to pick up one of Bill's favorite books as a keepsake to remember this wonderful man.
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