Band champion dies
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