Band cham­pion dies

The Gazette (Derwent Valley) - - NEWS -

LO­CAL mu­si­cian and ed­u­ca­tor Belle Pear­son has died in her 95th year.

Well known to gen­er­a­tions of Der­went Val­ley res­i­dents through her work in lo­cal schools and churches, in her re­tire­ment Mrs Pear­son was one of the founders and key sup­port­ers of the Der­went Val­ley Con­cert Band.

Mrs Pear­son ar­rived in New Nor­folk from New South Wales in 1947 for a “two-year stay” along with her hus­band Alan who was a pioneer­ing re­search chemist at Aus­tralian Newsprint Mills (now Norkse Skog). She taught at New Nor­folk Pri­mary School and was in­volved in es­tab­lish­ing the Blair St Kinder­garten and New Nor­folk High School — where she would even­tu­ally serve as vi­ceprin­ci­pal.

In 1993 Mrs Pear­son was one of the key driv­ers in form­ing the Der­went Val­ley Con­cert Band. She served as its pa­tron and was awarded life mem­ber­ship.

Belle Pear­son passed away on Sun­day, a few weeks short of her 95th birth­day.

She is sur­vived by daugh­ters Ann and Judy, and a num­ber of grand­chil­dren and great­grand­chil­dren. Funeral de­tails will be pub­lished in the Mer­cury to­day.

LIFE MEM­BER­SHIP: Belle Pear­son

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