Fonds 353 Gordon and Irene Pearcy fonds

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Summary information

Repository: South Peace Regional Archives
Title: Gordon & Irene Pearcy fonds
Reference code: 0353
Date: 1937-2005 (date of creation)
Physical description: 21 photographs

1 negative

0.5 cm of textual records

Dates of creation, revision and deletion: Added to new database Feb. 2023 – TD

Administrative history / Biographical sketch

Gordon Pearcy was born in Grande Prairie in 1927. As a twelve -year-old, he remembers the excitement of the sudden increase in people and activity with the establishment of the Army Base in Grande Prairie during WWII. In 1943, while still in school, he began working for CFGP and in 1945 he was working there full time. Irene Ritchie was a young graduate nurse when she came to Grande Prairie to work in 1951 and the next year she and Gordon were married. As Gordon was the “bread- winner” for the family, due to his brother’s illness since the early 1940s and his father’s death in 1947, they chose to live with his family in the family residence. Gordon became parts manager for Union Tractor from 1952-1955 and Irene worked as a registered nurse in the Grande Prairie Hospital. Stanley passed away in 1952 of a rheumatic heart condition which had kept him bedridden. On Valentine’s Day, 1953, David Gordon Pearcy was born, and on April 19, 1954, Linda Jane Pearcy was born. Gordon joined the militia that year (D-Coy – The Royal Edmonton Regiment) as a private and retired in 1967 as Captain and Company Commander. In 1955 Gordon returned to CFGP as Sales Manager and by 1977 was named Manager of the station. Christmas 1956 saw the family move into their first house and in 1957 they added water and sewer and natural gas. On May 16, 1958, Daniel Arthur Pearcy was born and their family was complete. Gordon celebrated CFGP’s 50th anniversary in 1987 which included meeting and escorting the Duke and Duchess of York who had been invited for the occasion. Gordon spent 43 years with CFGP. He was active in many organizations -20 years as trustee for the Grande Prairie Public School District, member of the Lake Saskatoon Lodge #106 Ancient Free and Accepted Masons, past president of the Chamber of Commerce, a Rotarian for over 25 years and is an active member of St. Paul’s United Church. Irene served 25 years with the Queen Elizabeth Hospital as a nurse and later as a director of volunteer services, and member of the Hospital Auxiliary Association. and was involved with the United Church women. She also became a well known artist and member of the Grande Prairie Art Club and later Artists North Soc. And a board member of the Grande Prairie Arts and Crafts Center for Creative Arts.

Now retired, Gordon and Irene have spent time volunteering and since 1996 have spent winters in Apache Junction, Arizona. Back in Grande Prairie they enjoy visits from grandchildren and great grandchildren. Irene Pearcy died September 7, 2011.

Custodial history

The records were donated to the South Peace Regional Archives by Gordon Pearcy in 2009. Additional photographs were donated in 2009 and 2010.

Scope and content

The fonds consists of family photographs.


Title notes

  • Source of title proper: Title of fonds based on contents

Access points

  • Graphic material – photograph (documentary form)
  • Family and personal life* (subject)
  • Organizations* (subject)

Series descriptions

Reference code Title Dates Physical description
2009.066.01 Item – Gordon and Irene Pearcy and Family  [2000] 1 TIFF
  Scope and content:

Gordon and Irene Pearcy (center front) and family. Front Left: David and wife Joanne with children Brandon, and Shannon and granddaughter, Michelle. Back Left: Daniel and wife Maureen with children Maudry, and Riley. Back Right: Linda Pearcy with husband Graham Allen and children Kyle and Colleen Cridland and Michael Pearcy (David and Joanne’s) with wife Roxanne with great grandchild Mikhaila.

2009.066.02 Item – Gordon and Irene Pearcy Wedding  1952 1 TIFF
  Scope and content:

Gordon Pearcy and Irene Ritchie were married in Grande Prairie, August 1, 1952. Their attendants were Stanley Pearcy and Marmie Longair, Irene’s sister.

2009.066.03 Item – David Gordon Pearcy  1953 1 TIFF
  Scope and content:

David Gordon Pearcy was born Valentine’s Day, 1953.

2009.066.04 Item – Gordon and His Mother with David and Linda Pearcy  1954 1 TIFF
  Scope and content:

Gordon Pearcy holding son David with his mother holding his daughter Linda.

2009.066.05 Item – Irene Pearcy and Daughter Linda  1954 1 TIFF
  Scope and content:

Irene Pearcy holding daughter, Linda.

2009.066.06 Item – Grandma Pearcy and Grandchildren  1958 1 TIFF
  Scope and content:

Grandma Pearcy holding grandson Daniel with David and Linda standing beside her.

2009.066.07 Item – Gordon Pearcy  [1950] 1 TIFF
  Scope and content:

Gordon Pearcy at his post in front of the CFGP microphone.

2009.066.08 Item – Gordon Pearcy and Harmony Music  [1960] 1 TIFF
  Scope and content:

Gordon Pearcy in front of Harmony Music Store.

2009.066.09 Item – Gordon and Irene Pearcy  1973 1 TIFF
  Scope and content:

Gordon and Irene Pearcy.

2009.066.10 Item – Gordon Pearcy, District Deputy Grand Master  1972 1 TIFF
  Scope and content:

Gordon Pearcy. District Deputy Grand Master, “Masons of Alberta”, 1972.

2009.066.11 Item – Irene Pearcy, Director, Volunteer Services Bureau, QEII  [1980] 1 TIFF
  Scope and content:

Irene Pearcy. Director, Volunteer Services Bureau, Queen Elizabeth II Hospital, Grande Prairie from 1975-1990.

2009.066.12 Item – Irene (Ritchie) Pearcy  [1951] 1 TIFF
  Scope and content:

Irene Ritchie came to Grande Prairie as a graduate nurse and worked in the Grande Prairie Hospital.

2009.066.13 Item – David Pearcy  [1970] 1 TIFF
  Scope and content:

David Pearcy , first son of Irene and Gordon Pearcy.

2009.066.14 Item – Daniel Arthur Pearcy  [1975] 1 TIFF
  Scope and content:

Daniel Arthur Pearcy, second son of Irene and Gordon Pearcy.

2009.066.15 Item – Stanley Pearcy and the Stiles Children  [1952] 1 TIFF
  Scope and content:

The Stiles children Back L-R: Miriam, Stanley Pearcy, Ralph. Front L-R: Diana, David, John and Richard.

2009.066.16 Item – The Stiles Children  [1952] 1 TIFF
  Scope and content:

The Stiles children: Back L-R: Miriam, Ralph, Barbara. Front: Richard, John, David, Diana.

2009.066.17 Item – William and Laura Pearcy  [1937] 1 TIFF
  Scope and content:

Gordon Pearcy’s father and mother, William and Laura Pearcy

2009.066.18 Item – William and Laura Pearcy with Their Boys  [1937] 1 TIFF
  Scope and content:

Gordon Pearcy’s father and mother, William and Laura Pearcy with their boys Stanley (back) and Gordon on his mother’s arm.

2009.096.01 Item – Grande Prairie Boy Scout Troop – Lynx Patrol
Art Craft Studio, Grande Prairie
[ca. 1939] 1 photograph : b&w ; 5 x 7 in.
  Scope and content:

The Grande Prairie Boy Scout Troop – Lynx Patrol under the leadership of Rev. T. Dale Jones (far left) and Garnet Freebury (far right). Top row L-R: George Bentley, Marv Aitkin, Dave Spital, Lynn Wilson, Jack McFetridge, Herb Shields. Second Row from top L-R: Jim Carlyle, John Bishop, Ken Leslie, Bill Minchin, Jack Swanston, Roy Harper. Third Row from top L-R: Ray Mitchell, Don MacIntyre, Bob Bessent, Bill Bessent, Gordon Pearcy, Wendall Oliver. Front Row L-R: Bobby Knight, Deane Toews, Don Swanston, Sam Lowe, Ivan Ford.

2009.117.01 Item – Grande Prairie Teen Town Council  1945-1946 1 photograph : b&w ; 12 x 14 in
  Scope and content:

Grande Prairie Teen Town Council members Back Row L-R: Frances Ramsden, Max Swanson, Wilma Fleming, Vernon Rose, Alice Ayling, Merle Summers. Middle Row L-R: Dale O’Brien, Gordon Pearcy, Marianne Jones, George Simpson, Brian Jones. Front Row L-R: Keith Leslie (”Mayor”), Mrs. J.E. Andrews, Mr. J.E. Andrews.

2010.28.01 Item – McQueen Presbyterian Church Group  1961 1 photograph : b&w ; 8 x 10 in.
1 negative
  Scope and content:

The restoration of the McQueen Presbyterian Church when it was given a new foundation and cornerstone. The group includes Mrs. Rose Hnatiuk, Mrs. Laura Pearcy (white coat), I V. Macklin, J. O. Patterson and Mrs. Wishart by the doorway, Mrs. J. B. Oliver, Mrs. Bill (Pearl) Sharpe (on chair arm), Mrs. Frank Crummy (seated), Mrs. Flood (Patterson), J.B. Oliver. (See P. 58 of “And We Come After” for description of the event.)

2020.009 Item – Gordon Pearcy – Masonic Lodge booklets  1968 2 booklets
  Scope and content:

Two 1968 50th Anniversary Masonic Lodge Booklets.