Geoffrey Blake Pearl

May 17, 1956 ‒ January 26, 2020

Bellville, Ohio


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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  • So sorry for your loss of your brother, he is out of pain and in heaven and is in god’s arms. Will be praying Pat for you and your family.🙏🙏

  • I went to high school with Geoff. We had a great time together, usually goofing off. I’m so sorry for your loss.
    Gail (Long) Balser

  • Deb & Patrick. Sorry to hear of your brothers passing. Hold onto your memories of him and he will live in your heart forever. My condolences to both of you. Norm Beal

  • Deb, Pat & Susie….So sorry for your loss. Geoff will always have a special place in my heart. He was such a sweet kid who “tolerated” Deb’s girlfriends. He did do the most beautiful flower arrangements ever…remember he did Heath’s wedding and it was the most gorgeous flowers I’ve ever seen. I am so PROUD of you for taking such great care of your baby brother. Love you!

  • I am so sorry for your loss. he always found something funny about everything. I remember you all from church and worked at Harkeys so I have always known his humor.

  • Deb, Pat, family
    So sorry to hear of your loss
    Thoughts and prayers are with you

    Rosie Hoffman Craven

  • Geoff and I took Della Jane’s lifeguard courses together. We spent many hours at the pool as lifeguards, swim team, and just goofing around. My loss is I didn’t get to know him as an adult, but I knew him as a fun loving young man.

    I’m sorry for your loss.

  • Geoff was the first friend I made when I moved to Ohio. We shared a lot of laughs, and a few tears over the years. He was a good friend to have, and had a good heart. I am going to miss his wit and unique sense of humor. Rest easy, Geoff.

  • So sorry to hear that Geoff has passed. We went graduated from the same high school. He was always fun to be around and great jokester. Even though I haven’t seen him since we graduated I will miss him. God bless you all.

  • I have so many good memories of you Uncle Geoff…holidays at Grandma Grandmas, camping and watching the Browns beat the Steelers on a big screen TV in the sand, and the way you and Bob would welcome us into your home whenever we had to take a trip to Erie for one of my checkups. Your sense of humor was unmatched, and I always looked forward to seeing you. I wish we could have been a little closer when I got older, but just know that I really enjoyed the times we had when I was younger. I’m going to miss you.

  • I am so sad to be reading Geoff’s obituary, but loved watching his video tribute and recalling old times. I will always consider Geoff one of my best friends in high school. We had many good laughs together, whether hanging out at the pool or in the classroom, and we walked together at graduation. When i asked my sister if she remembered Geoff, she said “Yes! He wore coconuts!” That was in “South Pacific”…makes me laugh thinking about it. He was SO funny!

  • So sorry to hear of Geoff’s passing. He was such a fun loving guy when we were in school. I will always remember spending Senior Slip Day with him….what a blast!!
    I would always check to see if he was working the grill at Bob Evans when we would go for a meal. Knowing that if he was, I’d get a quick wave and see that ornery grin.
    R.I.P. my friend.

  • So sorry for your loss. I worked with Geoff at bobs, he was great. Many smiles, laughs and jokes. Rest in peace friend. You will be missed.