Thomas E. Pierson, plumbing firm owner

March 31, 2009|By FREDERICK N. RASMUSSEN

Thomas E. Pierson, retired owner of an Eastern Shore plumbing company, died of complications from a stroke March 21 at his winter home in Naples, Fla. The Centreville resident was 84.

He was born and raised in Grasonville and was a graduate of Stevensville High School.

During World War II, he served in the Coast Guard as a gunner's mate in the Atlantic and Pacific.

After being discharged, Mr. Pierson went to work as a plumber. In 1951, he established Thomas E. Pierson Plumbing, which later became Thomas E. Pierson & Sons Inc.

His company also specialized in heating and cooling. He retired in 1980.

In the 1960s, he was a member of the state's Bi-Racial Committee for Public Accommodation. Gov. J. Millard Tawes later appointed him to the state's plumbing commission, on which he served for 24 years.

In 1972, Gov. Marvin Mandel appointed him chairman of the panel that wrote the state's plumbing code and guidelines. His work earned him a governor's citation, family members said.

Mr. Pierson had been an active member and former board member of the Maryland Master Plumbing, Heating and Cooling Association.

He was a charter member and past commander of VFW Post 7464 in Grasonville and a member of the American Legion post in Queenstown. He was also a member of Bay Country Moose Lodge, Kent Island Yacht Club and Prospect Bay Country Club.

He was a member of Immanuel United Methodist Church in Grasonville and St. Peter the Apostle Roman Catholic Church in Queenstown.

A Mass of Christian burial will be offered at 11 a.m. Saturday at Our Mother of Sorrows Roman Catholic Church in Centreville.

Surviving are his wife of 13 years, the former Mary Lou O'Hare Rosendale; three sons, Douglas Pierson of St. Michaels, James Pierson of Stevensville and Martin Pierson of Grasonville; four stepsons, Christopher J. Rosendale Jr. of Centreville, Matthew Rosendale Sr. of Glendive, Mont., Daniel D. Rosendale of Centreville and Michael Rosendale of Stevensville; two brothers, Robert Pierson of Grasonville and Jerry Pierson of Chester; two sisters, Catherine Heim and Gloria Kelly, both of Stevensville; four grandchildren; 12 step-grandchildren; and two step-great-grandchildren. His first wife of 53 years, the former Lorraine Jones, died in 1995.

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