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John Pearson, Known for Generosity, Dead

April 8, 2019

LOWELL -- John “Jock” Pearson, a man described as a pillar of the Lowell community, died Sunday following a heart attack.

Pearson, a married father and grandfather, served as a patent attorney, businessman, home builder and a former banker in Lowell, according to attorney Michael Gallagher, Pearson’s longtime friend and business associate.

Pearson was involved with numerous boards throughout the area, including Lowell General Hospital and the Merrimack Repertory Theatre. He was also known to support a variety of nonprofits.

“I’ve known Jock for probably 30 years and know him to be one of the most generous people I know,” Gallagher said. “He’s given to scores of causes, campaigns and nonprofits throughout the area. It’s a sad loss personally, as well as for the city and the whole region.”

Pearson lived in the Belvidere neighborhood of Lowell with his wife, Judge Barbara Pearson. The couple had two children, and one grandchild, who Gallagher described as the “apple of his eye.”

“He was a good guy,” Gallagher said. “Full of life, great sense of humor, engaging conversationalist, and a lot of fun to be around. He was a great husband, father and grandfather, and a good friend to a lot of folks and organizations. He’ll be missed.”

In 2012, Pearson, the former chief executive of the now-defunct Butler Bank, was banned from the banking industry and fined $225,000 by federal regulators for allegedly violating various banking rules.

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