Geoffrey Blake Pearl
May 17, 1956 ‒ January 26, 2020
Geoffrey Blake Pearl, age 63, of Bellville passed away January 26, 2020, due to complications of a massive stroke he had on January 12.
Geoff was born in Mansfield on May 17, 1956, to Clarence “Harky” Pearl and Maxine (Garber) Pearl. Geoff grew up in Bellville and attended the Universalist Church and graduated from Clear Fork High School in 1974, where he enjoyed music and played the trombone in the band. During one of the concerts, Mr. McCuen handed his director’s baton to Geoff, who took over directing the band’s next few musical selections. Geoff also directed one of the yearly minstrels that Bellville used to enjoy.
For 15 years, Bob Wurst and Geoff owned the Bachelor Button Flower Shoppe in Erie, PA. Their flower arrangements were out of this world unique and gorgeous. They also decorated restaurants, churches and other venues for weddings and other special occasions. They did a great job for the weddings and graduations for some of Geoff’s nieces and nephews. They enjoyed going on cruises and loved the outdoor life, such as entertaining friends and family with camp outs on Lake Erie Island decorating the trees with lights and enjoying a campfire.
Growing up, Geoff always loved to swim and was very happy living close enough to walk to the Bellville pool. A prerequisite to the pool was working in his father’s vegetable garden. There was plenty of work for all the siblings, but somehow Geoff was allowed to leave early, walking through the back fields. Soon, under the tutelage of Della Jane Roberts, Geoff became a lifeguard. He loved toasting in the sun on the lifeguard chair. He also liked Cub Scouting, playing chess and scrabble. Ornery, Geoff liked to play with his siblings’ new Christmas toys while they were at school and was careful to put them away so he wouldn’t get caught.
For the last 11 years, Geoff worked at Bob Evans on Hanley Road. He is leaving behind many of the staff who befriended him and endured his jokes. Many also brought him brownies and cupcakes. A special thank you to the Bob Evans Staff and Manager Tom.
Geoff was preceded in death by a sister Diantha Smith, brothers Ed “Harky” Pearl and Laine Brent Pearl; nephew Shannon Pearl, brothers-in-law Dan Smith and Bill Adams.
He is survived by sisters Suzanne Adams of Wooster and Deb (Dave) Bryant of Bellville; a brother Patrick Pearl of Loudonville; aunt Phyllis (Pearl) Morgan of Mansfield; and an uncle, Dean Streby of Fredericktown along with nieces, nephews, and extended family members.
Friends may call Friday, January 31, 2020, from 3-6 pm in the Bellville Snyder Funeral Home where the funeral service will be held Saturday at 11 am.
In lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be made to Snyder Funeral Home to defray costs.
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