Father Robert Pearson

Father Robert Pearson

Wednesday, August 28th, 2019

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Obituary for Father Robert A. Pearson

Father Robert Pearson

Death came, as it does to all men, to the Reverend Robert Alfred Pearson of Ocean Township, on Wednesday, August 28, 2019.
Father Pearson was born on April 16, 1927 in Flint, Michigan. He was educated at Ellicott Grammar School and Mary A. Cunningham Junior High School in East Milton, MA, Needham High School in Needham, MA, Tilton School in Tilton, NH, the University of New Hampshire in Durham, NH and the Philadelphia Divinity School in Philadelphia, PA. He received a Bachelor of Science, Master of Divinity and Bachelor of Sacred Theology degrees.
He served in the United States Navy during World War II, being transferred to the USS Wisconsin after VJ Day.
After some years in business, he attended seminary and was ordained a priest in the Episcopal Church in 1957. Father Pearson served mission and parishes in West Virginia, Pennsylvania and New Jersey. In 1978, he was ordained a priest in the Antiochian Orthodox Church and in 1986 Father Pearson was accepted as a priest in the Roman Catholic Church, Diocese of Trenton, New Jersey.
His vocation was the priesthood and his avocation was the protection of the unborn human life, being a member of New Jersey Right to Life before the Supreme Court Decision of Roe vs. Wade. This entailed many confrontations, arrests and incarcerations. His long-suffering wife took part more often than not and a son and daughter tried their part.
Father Pearson leaves his ever devoted wife, Nancy Bickhart Pearson; daughter, Rebecca and her children, Frances and Andrew; son, Mark his wife Suzanne and children Conner, Rachael and Marissa; son John and his children, Chadwick and Emma, daughter Jane and husband Christopher and children Grace, Luke and Jack. A child, Mary Ann died at birth.

Relatives and friends are invited to visit from 9:30 am until his Funeral Mass at 11 am Saturday at St. Jerome’s Roman Catholic Church, 254 Wall Street, West Long Branch. Burial will follow at Glenwood Cemetery in West Long Branch. Human Life International
4 Family Life Lane
Front Royal ,VA 22630

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  • Visitation

    Saturday, August 31st, 2019 | 9:30am - 10:30am
    St. Jerome Roman Catholic Church
    254 Wall Street
    West Long Branch, NJ
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    Saturday, August 31st, 2019
    9:30am - 10:30am
  • Service

    Saturday, August 31st, 2019 | 11:00am
    St. Jerome Roman Catholic Church
    254 Wall Street
    West Long Branch, NJ
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    Saturday, August 31st, 2019
  • Interment

    Saturday, August 31st, 2019 |
    Glenwood Cemetery
    Monmouth Road
    West Long Branch, NJ
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    Saturday, August 31st, 2019

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Diana Peacock

Sending love and condolences to the Pearson Family during this difficult time.May God’s love bring you comfort.
Love Diana(Mills)Peacock ( Canadian cousin)
Comment | Posted at 09:48pm via Condolence

Diane Bamford

Bless you during your time of sorrow. Let your faith guide you through the grief. Our sympathies and prayers are with you. Aunt Betty’s children: Richard Bamford, W. Joseph Bamford and Diane E. Bamford
Comment | Posted at 07:43pm via Condolence

Barbara Allen Sebastian

Hello, Pearson’s,
My thoughts and prayers are with you during your time of sadness. May you find the peace that Uncle Bob would want for all of you.
May God bless and keep you,
Until you meet again,
Love, Barbara Allen Sebastian
Comment | Posted at 10:19pm via Condolence

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Arlene Gamwell

My thoughts and prayers are with you with much love to you all during this sad time Arlene Gamwell
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