Fonds 353 Gordon and Irene Pearcy fonds

Gordon and Irene Pearcy fonds. — 1937-2005. — 18 photographs.


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Biographical Sketch

Gordon Pearcy was born in Grande Prairie in 1927. As a twelve -year-old, he remembers the excitement of the sudden increase in people and activity with the establishment of the Army Base in Grande Prairie during WWII. In 1943, while still in school, he began working for CFGP and in 1945 he was working there full time. Irene Ritchie was a young graduate nurse when she came to Grande Prairie to work in 1951 and the next year she and Gordon were married. As Gordon was the “bread- winner” for the family, due to his brother’s illness since the early 1940s and his father’s death in 1947, they chose to live with his family in the family residence. Gordon became parts manager for Union Tractor from 1952-1955 and Irene worked as a registered nurse in the Grande Prairie Hospital. Stanley passed away in 1952 of a rheumatic heart condition which had kept him bedridden.

On Valentine’s Day, 1953, David Gordon Pearcy was born, and on April 19, 1954, Linda Jane Pearcy was born. Gordon joined the militia that year (D-Coy – The Royal Edmonton Regiment) as a private and retired in 1967 as Captain and Company Commander. In 1955 Gordon returned to CFGP as Sales Manager and by 1977 was named Manager of the station. Christmas 1956 saw the family move into their first house and in 1957 they added water and sewer and natural gas. On May 16, 1958, Daniel Arthur Pearcy was born and their family was complete. Gordon celebrated CFGP’s 50th anniversary in 1987 which included meeting and escorting the Duke and Dutchess of York who had been invited for the occasion. Gordon spent 43 years with CFGP. He was active in many organizations -20 years as trustee for the Grande Prairie Public School District, member of the Lake Saskatoon Lodge #106 Ancient Free and Accepted Masons, past president of the Chamber of Commerce, a Rotarian for over 25 years and is an active member of St.Paul’s United Church. Irene served 25 years with the Queen Elizabeth Hospital as a nurse and later as a director of volunteer services, and member of the Hospital AuxiliaryAssoc. and was involved with the United Church women. She also became a well known artist and meember of the Grande Prairie Art Club and later Artists North Soc. And a board member of the Grande Prairie Arts and Crafts Center for Creative Arts.

Now retired, Gordon and Irene have spent time volunteering and since 1996 have spent winters in Apache Junction, Arizona. Back in Grande Prairie they enjoy visits from grandchildren and great grandchildren.

Custodial History

The records were donated to the South Peace Regional Archives by Gordon Pearcy in 2009.

Scope and Content

The fonds consists of 18 family photographs, pedigree charts and biographical information.

Notes

 

 
Gordon and Irene Pearcy and Family, [2000]
1 photograph; colour; 4 x 6
Gordon and Irene Pearcy (center front) and family. Front Left: David and wife Joanne with children Brandon, and Shannon and granddaughter, Michelle. Back Left: Daniel and wife Maureen with children Maudry, and Riley. Back Right: Linda Pearcy with husband Graham Allen and children Kyle and Colleen Cridland and Michael Pearcy (David and Joanne’s) with wife Roxanne with great grandchild Mikhaila.
Location: 2009.66.01
Gordon and Irene Pearcy Wedding, 1952
1 photograph; b & w; 4 x 6
Gordon Pearcy and Irene Ritchie were married in Grande Prairie, August 1, 1952. Their attendants were Stanley Pearcy and Marmie Longair, Irene’s sister.
Location: 2009.66.02
David Gordon Pearcy, 1953
1 photograph; b & w; 4 x 6
David Gordon Pearcy was born Valentine’s Day, 1953.
Location: 2009.66.03
Gordon and His Mother with David and Linda Pearcy, 1954
1 photograph; b & w; 4 x 6
Gordon Pearcy holding son David with his mother holding his daughter Linda.
Location: 2009.66.04
Irene Pearcy and Daughter Linda, 1954
1 photograph; b & w; 4 x 6
Irene Pearcy holding daughter, Linda.
Location: 2009.66.05
Grandma Pearcy and Grandchildren, 1958
1 photograph; b & w; 4 x 6
Grandma Pearcy holding grandson Daniel with David and Linda standing beside her.
Location: 2009.66.06
Gordon Pearcy, [1950]
1 photograph; b & w; 4 x 6
Gordon Pearcy at his post in front of the CFGP microphone.
Location: 2009.66.07
Gordon Pearcy and Harmony Music, [1960]
1 photograph; b & w; 4 x 6
Gordon Pearcy in front of Harmony Music Store.
Location: 2009.66.08
Gordon and Irene Pearcy, 1973
1 photograph; colour; 4 x 6
Gordon and Irene Pearcy.
Location: 2009.66.09
Gordon Pearcy, District Deputy Grand Master, 1972
1 photograph; colour; 4 x 6
Gordon Pearcy. District Deputy Grand Master, “Masons of Alberta”, 1972.
Location: 2009.66.10
Irene Pearcy, Director, Volunteer Services Bureau, QEII, [1980]
1 photograph; colour; 4 x 6
Irene Pearcy. Director, Volunteer Services Bureau, Queen Elizabeth Hospital, Grande Prairie from 1975-1990.
Location: 2009.66.11
Irene (Rirchie) Pearcy, [1951]
1 photograph; b & w; 4 x 6
Irene Ritchie came to Grande Prairie as a graduate nurse and worked in the Grande prairie Hospital.
Location: 2009.66.12
David Pearcy, [1970]
1 photograph; b & w; 4 x 6
David Pearcy , first son of Irene and Gordon Pearcy.
Location: 2009.66.13
Daniel Arthur Pearcy, [1975]
1 photograph; colour; 4 x 6
Daniel Arthur Pearcy, second son of Irene and Gordon Pearcy.
Location: 2009.66.14
Stanley Pearcy and the Stiles Children, [1952]
1 photograph; b & w; 4 x 6
The Stiles children Back L-R: Miriam, Stanley Pearcy, Ralph. Front L-R: Diana, David, John and Richard.
Location: 2009.66.15
The Stiles Children, [1952]
1 photograph; b & w; 4 x 6
The Stiles children Back L-R: Miriam, Ralph. Barbara. Front: Richard, John, David, Diana.
Location: 2009.66.16
William and Laura Pearcy, [1937]
1 photograph; b & w; 4 x 6
Gordon Pearcy’s father and mother, William and Laura Pearcy
Location: 2009.66.17
William and Laura Pearcy with Their Boys, [1937]
1 photograph; b & w; 4 x 6
Gordon Pearcy’s father and mother, William and Laura Pearcy with their boys Stanley (back) and Gordon on his mother’s arm.
Location: 2009.66.18
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