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“Dear Marilyn & family, sorry to hear of Bill's passing. I remember the good times from the K 0f C days and the 50-60's dance and all the other...Read More »
1 of 15 | Posted by: Geri (Dennis) Teper - Pigeon, MI

“Dear Marilyn, Craig and Troy. John O and I cannot express how saddened and shocked we were to hear of Bill's death. Today my daughter in law found...Read More »
2 of 15 | Posted by: lorraine ostrowski - MI - friend

“Marilyn, Craig, Troy & Family - I am so sorry for your loss. I was saddened to hear of Bill's passing. I remember him as an upbeat, on the go,...Read More »
3 of 15 | Posted by: Lisa (Dedene) Schemansky - MI

“When I look at that picture of Bill I still remember the days when I used to deal with him on the apprentices at Mount Elliot tool and die as a...Read More »
4 of 15 | Posted by: Rich Martin - Mt. Clemens, MI

“We are so sorry to hear a out Bill's death. We remember all of our great times and speak of you often when we reminice about our "house in macomb"....Read More »
5 of 15 | Posted by: Madelyn & Butch Ireland - Nokomis, FL

“So sad to hear about Bill's passing. Bill was a great friend and dependable neighbor. Bill was always there for myself, my wife and children if...Read More »
6 of 15 | Posted by: Paul Mansfield - Shelby Township, MI

“I am sorry for your loss. I have fond memories of playing sports with the boys and Bill at Camp Dearborn and the Negri's. Funny thing is... Bill's...Read More »
7 of 15 | Posted by: Gary Paperd Family

“Our prayers go out to Marilyn and Family. We were saddened to learn of Bill passing away this week. Bill had many friends many would say he was...Read More »
8 of 15 | Posted by: Mike Culverhouse - Lake Orion, MI

“Marilyn, We were so sorry to hear of Bill's passing. Haven't seen either of you in a quite awhile; but always enjoyed any time we spent with the...Read More »
9 of 15 | Posted by: John & Shirley Glide - Macomb, MI

“You will be missed. So glad you came to our football party this past season and was able to get caught up with you both. You are all in our...Read More »
10 of 15 | Posted by: Gary and Annette Ferrara - MI

“I knew Bill as "Lee Iacoca Bill". Met him at a bar called PJ's Saloon; a quiet spoken guy that mainly kept to himself until you got to know him. I...Read More »
11 of 15 | Posted by: Martin Forbes - Clinton Township, MI

“To Marilyn and Family we are deeply sorry for the loss of Bill. Some great times were had in our early years. Our thoughts and prayers are with you...Read More »
12 of 15 | Posted by: Jim and Carolyn Paperd

“Marilyn and Pearce Family...I am so deeply sorry for the loss of Bill. I pray that all of you can find peace in the wonderful memories you have of...Read More »
13 of 15 | Posted by: Carol Lambert

“I am deeply sorry for the loss of Bill. We were neighbors on Sherwood where we grew up as children. RIP Bill. ”
14 of 15 | Posted by: Barbara Weston - Cape Coral, FL

“I am so sorry to hear of the loss of Bill. I have fond memories of the entire Pearce Family. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all during this...Read More »
15 of 15 | Posted by: Jacqueline (Kulongowski) Makowiec - MI


The year 1945 would bring in a host of notable events across the United States; World War Two would come to a close, the Detroit Tigers would beat the Chicago Cubs in the World Series and Doris Day would take us all on "A Sentimental Journey." It was also on February 7th, 1945, that Douglas and Nellie Pearce (née Panasuik) would greet their second of four children; William Paul Pearce. To support his growing family, Douglas worked as a bartender at the local "Freddy's Bar." After learning the ins and outs of keeping up a business, Douglas and his sons, Douglas Jr. and Bill, opened up the "Foto Bar" on Woodward Ave. by Palmer Park.

Growing up, Bill enjoyed numerous sport activities; from football to baseball and basketball, Bill's athletic skills were highly revered by all who knew him. He was very popular and quite a few young ladies were glad to say that this attractive young man had been their date to many dances and movies. Bill was a hot commodity on the dance floor at the "Sock Hops". He was one of the few men that knew how to do the "Social" and did it well! If he didn't ask a lucky lady, you'd be sure they'd be asking him!

Bill was taught from an early age the necessity for a strong family unit and the value of hard work. It was these core values that kept Bill and his family together when his mother, Nellie, passed away when he was only eighteen years old.

Bill would graduate in June of 1963 from St. Thomas Apostle High School and start working at a stock broker's office in downtown Detroit. It was also during this time, that he would meet the love of his life, the former Marilyn Allen, at a local college party. Marilyn was taken with Bill's sense of humor and learned quickly that a date with Bill was always going to be full of fun. The two courted for several years and were wed on August 13th, 1966 at St. Thomas Catholic Church also in Detroit.

Bill and Marilyn would purchase their first home together in Sterling Heights and not long after, Bill would begin his lengthy career with Chrysler Automotive. Bill started off working at the Lynch Road Assembly on the line and in Personnel. However, Bill knew almost immediately that the assembly line was not the type of work for which he was suited. He then applied for a job with the company as a mail sorter and deliverer. Here, too, Bill realized that there had to be something better for him, and being one to never let an opportunity pass him by, Bill applied and was granted a position in the Human Resources Department. Finally a perfect match! Bill's strong managerial skills mixed with his innate personable disposition were fully utilized.

Bill earned his Associate's Degree in Business from Macomb Community College and was promoted to Human Resources Administrator. He was sent to manage at each of Chrysler's locations, including Warren Truck, Highland Park, Auburn Hills and the Hiring Center at Mt. Elliott in Detroit. He was also a valued union negotiator. He fought hard for his fellow employees and was highly respected by them and his employers alike. Bill would retire in 2001 after thirty-six dedicated years.

As hard working as Bill was, he was first and foremost devoted to his family which had grown to include two sons, Craig and Troy. As a Dad, Bill was always there for his sons. Whether it was coaching their little league baseball team or teaching them how to throw the perfect free throw shot on the basketball court, Bill taught his sons well and they could not have been more proud of their Dad. Whenever he was afforded a vacation from work, Bill made sure to spend it with his family. Frequent ski and snowmobiling trips were made to the Indian River during the winter season and with Marilyn by his side, the two would travel and cruise to multiple destinations; the Caribbean, Alaska, Mexico and Aruba most notably.

During his later years, Bill enjoyed keeping in touch with the many friends he had made throughout the years. There was always a good reason for Bill and his buddies to get together to reminisce on old times and make new memories. From fishing and golfing outings to the annual trip to Vegas, Bill's company was always sought after and a good time was had by all. And Bill or "Mr. Punctual" was sure to have an itinerary ready for each event made in great detail right down to the minute!

When not traveling, Bill and Marilyn enjoyed babysitting their grandchildren who loved spending time with their "Papa." Bill wore many hats as a Grandfather; he was the chauffeur from school, golf instructor extraordinaire, and the ever ready candy-man with an endless supply of sweets. And after an afternoon of cutting their Papa's grass, Bill always rewarded his grandkids with a delicious bar burger from the local tavern. Bill could not have been a better Papa.

Even after Bill was forced to slow down his pace after his cancer diagnoses in November of 2013, he did his best to keep busy. Whether it was keeping active around the house or stopping in to bring Marilyn her lunch at work, Bill did his best to not let his illness bring him down.

On the evening of June 24, 2014, William "Bill" Paul Pearce made his peaceful transition surrounded by his loving family. Bill's lifetime of dedication to his family, friends and career will never be forgotten. He was a kind man who, with his quick wit and humor, could always put a smile on your face. He proved his love daily in not only his words but his actions as well and we are all better people for having had this great man in our lives.

He will be greatly missed.

Bill is survived by his loving wife, Marilyn Pearce; sons,

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