PEARCE, Lloyd Gust
It is with great sadness that we announce Lloyd passed away on February 1, 2017 at the age of 88 years. He was born on October 29, 1928 to Harry and Emma Pearce. He was predeceased by his father on Christmas Day, 1954, by his mother on Easter Sunday, 1965; brothers: Harry (Kay), Rev. Dr. E. George Pearce (Ida), and Doug; sister Gertrude (Gordon) Vikse and brother-in-law Harry Paterson. He is survived by his wife Doreen and the three wonderful children they were blessed with: Susan, Shelley and Scott, all of Edmonton, sister Edna Paterson of Sherwood Park and sister-in-law Fran Pearce of Kelowna.
Lloyd was born and raised in Edmonton and lived all of his life in the Highlands district. He attended Highlands School from grades one to nine and Concordia College from grades ten to twelve. He graduated from the University of Alberta with a degree in Education in 1951. His first year of teaching was in High Prairie, Alberta and the second year in Vulcan, Alberta. He joined the Edmonton Public system in 1953 and taught at Highlands Junior High for a period of nine years, the same length of time he attended this school as a student. For a period of 15 years he was an instructor at Alberta College in their Adult Education Evening Program and Summer Program. He served as a cooperating teacher with the U of A Faculty of Education teacher-training program from 1959 to 1987 in both classroom and field study instruction.
Lloyd was a teacher, coordinator and consultant with the Edmonton Public system for more than 34 years. He served at a variety of schools including Highlands, H.A. Gray, Strathearn, Ottewell and Westmount, as well as Bennett Environmental Education Centre. He completed his career at central office, serving as the Secondary Science Consultant until his retirement in 1987.
During his service with the Edmonton Public School Board, much of his time was devoted to the developing and implementing of a variety of outdoor field study courses for the junior high science programs. He was highly involved in working with teachers and their classes during field trips to various study sites in and around Edmonton, particularly at Chickakoo Lake, northwest of Stony Plain and at Bennett Centre in Edmonton. Following full-time retirement, he developed further environmental study programs for the Chickakoo Lake Recreation Area and for the schools in the Parkland County system. In more recent years, he worked with Ducks Unlimited Canada in the preparation of a wetlands environmental teaching unit for use with the Alberta Junior High science curriculum.
In recognition of his contributions to science education, Lloyd was awarded the Distinguished Service Citation by the Science Council of the Alberta Teachers’ Association in 1978 and then again in 1987. Also in 1987, he received the Merit Award presented by the Environmental and Outdoor Education Council of the Alberta Teachers’ Association.
During his active church life, Lloyd was last a member of Bethlehem Lutheran Church at 48 Street and 117 Avenue, following transfer from his original association with St. Peter’s Lutheran Church at 96 Street and 110 Avenue. Lloyd was very involved with the volunteer construction work of the former Bethlehem Church building at 59 Street and 118 Avenue, and also with the present site of this Church. As a very active member, he served on the church council in various capacities, as well as various positions on the Walther League and Lutheran Layman’s League. For many years he was the church organist and taught both Sunday school and bible class.
One of Lloyd’s favorite bible passages, especially in his later years, was Philippians Chapter 4, Verse 8:
“Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things.”
A similar message is found in the motto of the University of Alberta – QUAECUMQUE VERA – “WHATSOEVER THINGS ARE TRUE.”
These messages, and what they inspire, represented, for Lloyd, a very sound philosophy and basis for living life and its realities.
Cremation has taken place and a private ceremony was held.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Dr. E. George Pearce Memorial Endowment Fund c/o Concordia Lutheran Seminary, 7040 Ada Blvd., Edmonton, AB T5B 4E3, the Multiple Sclerosis Society of Canada or the Canadian Cancer Society.