Service

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Donations

Donations in Cheryl's memory can be made to the Nature Conservancy of Canada. Please remit directly to the Nature Conservancy of Canada, address below. Complete and send the form below to notify family of your contribution.

 

50 Years

CARING • HELPFUL • TRUSTED

Dr. Cheryl Pearce

Death Notice

Dr. Cheryl Marie Pearce Professor Emerita, The University of Western Ontario September 23, 1943 - July 22, 2013 On Monday July 22, 2013, after a gallant battle with cancer, Cheryl died in University Hospital, London, Ontario. Daughter of the late Elza and Fred Liebrecht, she will be greatly missed by her brother Larry (Laura) in Kelowna, British Columbia, her beloved dog Charlotte, special friend Dorothy Byrne and a far flung circle of friends and colleagues. Cheryl had a great love of life and a passionate interest in the world around her. She was a lifelong world traveller but had a special affinity for the foothills and mountains of Alberta. Her enduring interest in biology, zoology and geography translated into a passion for bird-watching, a keen appreciation of the earth's natural treasures, and her love of her dogs. Cheryl loved the Arts. From an early age she excelled in piano, dancing and photography. She was an avid reader and movie fan. She had an intense passion for excellence. In school she was always top of her class; she attained highest honours in The Royal Conservatory piano program. In her early career she was a secretary, eventually becoming an executive secretary in a major oil firm in Calgary. Cheryl decided to pursue a new challenge in her early thirties and entered the University of Calgary where she attained her Bachelor's, Master's and PhD degrees. After a short period at Queen's University she joined the Geography Department at Western where she taught for 26 years. Cheryl's greatest joy was being with people -in every stage of her life she developed lasting friendships. She was interested in and cared about people-she was a great teacher and a highly regarded colleague. In her final days she stated that the most important thing in her life was her many close friendships which sustained her during her 3 year struggle with cancer. She had such a strong will to live-for the last 3 years we have all stood in awe of her miraculous recoveries. She will be remembered for her dedication to excellence, her love of life, her love and dedication to family and friends. We are hoping that she has finally sited her elusive Connecticut Warbler! In accordance with Cheryl's wishes, cremation has taken place, there will be no funeral and a memorial gathering will be held at a later date. Donations in Cheryl's memory can be made to the Nature Conservancy of Canada.