Frederick Edward Pearce
June 29, 2010
Frederick Edward Pearce, 82, of Aspen, passed away June 23, 2010 at Valley View Hospital in Glenwood Springs.
Frederick was born Feb. 20, 1928 in Aspen to Edward and Ethel Pearce. Frederick graduated from Glenwood Springs High School in 1946 as the valedictorian; he then graduated Western State College in Gunnison in 1953. Frederick worked as a ski patrolman, ski lift operator, and helped clear timbers for the number one chairlift on Aspen Mountain. He was also an English teacher, architectural draftsman and a sign maker. Frederick’s interests were playing the trumpet, camping, fishing, hiking, cross-country skiing and family. Hobbies included artwork, playing in the Valley Symphony Orchestra and writing poetry. Frederick’s volunteer work included the literacy program for valley Latinos, Salvation Army and St. Mary Catholic Church in Aspen.
He received awards such as the 1987 Golden Poet Award for his poems about growing up in Aspen, and was named to the Western State College Mountaineer Sports Hall of Fame as a member of the inaugural 1946-47 and 1947-48 ski teams.
He also wrote articles for the Aspen Today newspaper and published a leaflet, “Sport Aspen,” about local events in sports.
Frederick is survived by his wife of 54 years, Margaret A. Pearce of Aspen; sons Richard B. Pearce of Aspen and Bernie D. Pearce of Ouray; various cousins and step-grandchildren Michelle Murphy, Amanda Ciccone and Stephen Davis and their families. He was preceded in death by his mother, Ethel McCabe, father Edward Pearce, stepfather Elbert McCabe and step-brother James McCabe.
There will be a Catholic funeral Mass on Thursday July 1, 2010 at 11 a.m. at St. Mary Catholic Church in Aspen with Father Michael O’Brien officiating. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the American Heart Association or to a charitable cause of the donor’s choice.