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We are saddened by the loss of Everett Pearson who passed away Sunday, December 24, 2017, in Providence, RI after 84 years of a life really well lived.

Everett was born in 1933 in Pawtucket, RI. He earned a degree in economics in 1955 from Brown University, where he was captain of the football team and later a member of the Brown University Athletic Hall of Fame. He was a co-founder of Pearson Yachts, the first company to build production fiberglass boats.

Along with Neil Tillotson, Everett founded Tillotson-Pearson Inc. (TPI) in 1968. Over the years TPI built many sail and powerboat brands including Freedom, J-Boats, Rampage and Alerion Express. With the help of Everett’s son, Mark, TPI brought back the Pearson Yachts brand and created the True North line.

Under Everett’s leadership, TPI went way beyond boats building wind blades, all-composite bus bodies, SwimEx pools, marine pilings, and many Disney amusement rides and airport people movers. In 2002, he received the Lifetime Achievement Award for his creative work with composites from the Composite Fabricator's Association.

Everett and Ginny Pearson were married for 62 years and had three children (Mark, Tracy, and Suzanne), and eight grandchildren. Mark and Suzanne continue to operate the Pearson Pilings and SwimEx family businesses.

When I first met Everett in Warren, RI, he told me story after story of how he had built at least one of almost everything imaginable out of fiberglass. He was an incredible pioneer and person. His entrepreneurial spirit and can-do attitude lives on in each of us at TPI Composites, Inc.

Rest in peace Everett.

Steve Lockard

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