William “Roy” Pearsall, age 93, of Edinburg, passed away peacefully Sunday, March 5, 2017, at St. Mary’s Hospital in Amsterdam after a brief illness.
He was born in Northville on April 7, 1923, the son of William and Anna Pearsall. Roy was a loving husband, father, grandfather and friend. In 1948, he married Betty DeMagistris and together they had three children.
As a young man in Northville, Roy was the definition of industriousness: he did everything from selling soda to vacationers to apprenticing himself to an electrician to learn that trade. During WW II, Roy served in the U.S. Navy aboard the USS Dynamic. After the war, he was the service manager at Parson’s Ford in Gloversville and then for many years he worked as the equipment supervisor at Crushed Rock Products in Schenectady.
In recent years, Roy loved country dancing on Sundays with his beloved Vicky and was a member of the Country Round and Square Dance Association. He was also a member of the Adirondack Fiddlers Club, the Gloversville Moose and the Gloversville Concordia Club.
Roy will be greatly missed by his loving partner, Vicky Michalek; his three children, Linda (James) Pascale of Fort Lauderdale, FL, Timothy Pearsall of Saratoga Springs, NY, and Elaine (Randall) Mentry; a sister, Grace Nelson of Ocala, FL; three grandchildren, James (Naomi), Daniel (Vanessa), and Andrew; as well as many nieces, nephews and dear friends.
The family extends a sincere thank you to all of the caregivers who provided tender loving care for Roy at Wilkinson Center and St. Mary’s Hospital.
A memorial service will be held on Saturday, March 18, at the Robert M. Halgas Funeral Home Inc., 111 County Highway 106 (corner of Route 29 and Black Street), Johnstown. Family and friends may call from 2 p.m. to 3 p.m. A “Time of Remembrance” will begin promptly at 3 p.m. during which family and friends are invited to share their memories of Roy. A military funeral honors ceremony will be held on Monday, March 20, at noon at the Gerald B.H. Solomon-Saratoga National Cemetery, Schuylerville, NY. Memorial contributions may be made to the Edinburg Historical Society, P.O. Box 801, Edinburg, N.Y. 12134.