Gerald Russell Pearson JR.

May 3, 1944 - May 14, 2013
Gerald Russell Pearson JR.


Gerald Russell Pearson Jr. of Wrightsville Beach passed away Tuesday, May 14, 2013 at New Hanover Regional Medical Center after a lingering illness.

Russ, son of the late Commander G. R. Pearson Sr. (USN Retired) and the late Marguerite Lucille Neptune Pearson of Sanford, Florida, was born at North Island Naval Hospital, Coronado, California, on May 30, 1944.

Being a Navy brat, he was raised and attended school in many different locations in the United States and Japan. He graduated from Seminole High School in Sanford, Florida in 1962 and the University of Florida in Gainesville in 1968.

Russ retired from General Electric in 2001 after 32 years of service in Massachusetts, Pennsylvania, New York and Wilmington.

He is survived by his wife of 45 years, Susan Leary Pearson, his daughter and son-in-law, Shawn and Tom Manning and their sons Jeremiah Kai Manning and Fisher Pearson Manning of Wilmington. His brother and sister-in-law Jim and Joan Pearson of Zellwood, Florida. His sister and brother-in-law Jeanette and Bob Burns of Gambier, Ohio. He is further survived by an extended family of in-laws and nieces and nephews.

There will be no service but a celebration of Russ’ life will be held for family and close friends.

Memorials may be made to the NHRMC Foundation, 2259 South 17th St., Wilmington, NC 28401 to honor the nursing and medical staff that cared for Russ so tirelessly over the months of his illness. You know who you are.

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  • May 19, 2013
    Ellen and David Williams says:
    Sue, our condolences to you and family.

  • May 21, 2013
    Dick and Jill Mack says:
    Dear Sue, We'd like to offer our sincere condolences to you and your Family. Russ was a soft spoken guy who always made huge contributes. I really enjoyed knowing and working with Russ over the many years. Dick

  • May 16, 2013
    Charles Ogle says:
    I worked with Russ at General Electric, for many years. Ever body liked him, because he was a good man. I will miss him. I know he will have the wind at his back, when he enters into the Lord's house. May GOD bless him and keep him. Chief Ogle, USN/GE Retired

  • May 15, 2013
    Bernie Bentley says:
    Sue- So sorry to hear about Russ. He was a great guy and I know you will miss him.

  • May 16, 2013
    Gary & Marie Smithwick says:
    Gary and I were so shocked to hear of Russ's passing. Even though we have lost touch over the years, we spoke often of Russ and Gary's golfing years together. He was a fine man and will surely be missed by many. The family is in our thoughts and prayers and we hope that you will all find peace and comfort in the coming days.