William C. Pearsall Sr., 80, of Woodside Avenue, Wayne Township, passed away peacefully on Wednesday, May 24, 2017, at The Grove in New Wilmington.
Born on Sept. 29, 1936, in New Castle, Bill was a son of the late Earl and Martha Thomas Pearsall.
At age 15, Bill left school and started his own business, working out of his parents' garage on Croton Avenue.
Bill married the former Mildred Gallaher on Feb. 24, 1956, and she preceded him in death on Oct. 22, 2004.
"Cadillac Bill," as he was known, owned and operated Pearsall's Auto Body and the Auto Village in Ellwood City from 1957 until he retired in 2002.
His Clydesdales were a fixture on Woodside Avenue for years, and more than 100 couples included them in their weddings.
Bill was a member of the Ellwood Masonic Lodge for 35 years and was a past vice-president of the Lawrence County Caravan of the Syria Shrine. He was also a member of the New Castle Scottish Rite.
Bill was Episcopal by faith.
Bill is survived by his children, Dr. Marcy L. Pearsall and William C. Pearsall Jr., both of Ellwood City; a grandson, Daniel William Pearsall; and his yellow lab and best buddy, Gunner.
In addition to his parents and his wife, Bill was preceded in death by a brother, Robert Pearsall; and three sisters, Catherine Kehm, Jane Royal and GemAnn Grimes.
Services for Bill were private.
Interment took place in Wurtemburg Cemetery. Arrangements were entrusted to the Joseph A. Tomon Jr. Funeral Home and Crematory, 97 Grim Ave., Ellport.
Memorial contributions may be made in Bill's name to Promises for Pets, 439 Court St., New Castle, PA 16101.
Bill always said, "It's so nice to be nice."
So please be nice to someone today.
Published on May 24, 2017