Dr. Cheryl Pearce
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.
July 24, 2013, 3:19 pm
I am so sorry to hear of Cheryl's passing. She was so full of life and was dealt such a nasty hand far too soon !! Her dear little dog Charlotte was so well loved and hopefully is now being well cared for. If help is needed , please contact me..I love Charlotte too.
Hugs to all of Cheryls friends and family.
Chris Edwards & Katie Dickinson
July 26, 2013, 9:39 am
Cheryl rented her home on Grand Ave from us and after a collapsed drain pipe helped start our relationship off on a rocky note, we got to know what a great lady she was. As a tenant she was awesome but, more important, she always took the time to inquire about how Katie and I were doing. Our dogs were always a favourite topic of conversation. We always had nice visits whenever I was in town and we continued to keep in touch after she moved on from Grand Ave.
My sincere condolences to all who knew her. She will be missed.
July 26, 2013, 11:52 am
I am deeply saddened to hear that Cheryl has passed on. She taught me as an undergraduate student at UWO many years ago. She was instrumental in setting me on the path to graduate school that later led to an academic career at a university. Cheryl was a bright cheery contrast to the many professors that taught me in my first year at university. I am sure that her personality was a part of why I chose Geography as a major, and how she eventually mentored me and opened up so many career possibilities to me. Thank you Cheryl. You are missed.
August 2, 2013, 7:03 pm
Dr. Pearce was one of my favourite undergraduate professors. Each class she energetically shared her passion for wildlife with us. At field camp in Madawaska, she was dedicated to giving us a wildlife experience, calling for owls and the elusive Pileated. As my friends and I got to know her, we realized that Cheryl was also so friendly and kind, and would share funny and fascinating stories about her experiences and travels as we chatted in her office. With an instructor like Cheryl, It's really no wonder I still love biogeography and still chat with my older brother (also a former student of Dr. Pearce's) about the wildlife she loved a decade after taking her courses. I am sorry to hear that she passed, and I feel fortunate that she was able to invigorate my passion for nature.
August 6, 2013, 10:52 am
Cheryl was a friend and colleague in the brief time she was at Queen's and we kept in contact from time to time. I admired her expertise, her wide range of interests, and most of all, her love of live and people. I sincerely wish, she could have stayed at Queen's but I know she made a great contribution to the profession and to Western. We are all lucky to have know her.
Kitty Zaik & Jean Glougie (Lang)
September 6, 2013, 12:50 am
So sorry to hear about Cheryl...lots of Charleswood memories arose. We remember living across the street . Cheryl was a kind and classy young lady!
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