Obituary of William Pearl
William T. Pearl died at peace in his home in Hamburg after a long battle with lung cancer on August 13, 2018. He was 85.
He was a long time resident of Hamburg, and grew up at the edge of Hamburg Town Park. As a young man, he went into business for himself and he opened Pearl Plumbing and Heating in the early 60’s. He was a plumbing success for 35 years.
He was known for his love of flying. He owned many aircraft including a Cessna 150, Cessna 172, Skyline 182, and Cessna 185 Amphibian. He built a J3 Piper Cub which took an antique grand Champion Award. As his biggest aircraft accomplishment, he built from scratch a Christian Eagle aerobic plane. He won many awards for his accomplishments, including the Experimental Aircraft Association Wright Brothers Award presented to him in 1981 at the Dayton Airfair by Orville and Wilbur Wright’s niece; the Best Homebuilt presented in Corry, PA. in 1984; the Cloud 9 Award presented in 1981; and the Calspan trophy for Reserve Champion Custom built plane presented at the Niagara Falls1983 Airshow. He was a master of aerobatics, and thrilled many spectators throughout the years.
He also rebuilt a 1951 Rolls Royce auto in the early 1980s from pieces to a beautiful finished product. He was Hamburg Chamber of Commerce director from 1972-1974. He was a member of the Ancient and Secret order of Quiet Birdmen for 35 years, an invitation only organization of accomplished airmen. He was known to drop $2 bills to all his favorite people.
He married June Mumbower in April of 1959 and was married for 53 wonderful years. He is survived by his daughters Wendy (Larry) Merkle and Rebecca (Mark) Lenard; Grandchildren Christopher, Kelsey, Rachel, and Penny; Brothers John (Niki) Pearl and Douglas (Derith) Pearl.
An Open House to Tribute William Pearl will be held Wednesday, August 29, 2018, from 6-9 PM at JP Fitzgerald’s at 4236 Clark St., Hamburg, NY 14075.
In lieu of flowers, please send memorial donations to Hospice of Buffalo.