Quinton Ellsworth Pierson, age 69, passed away suddenly on Wednesday September 4th in his residence in Niskayuna.
Quinton leaves behind his wife of 44 years, Sherry (Mansfield) Pierson; his daughter Summer Taylor Pierson (Sunnyvale CA); his son Quinton Richard Pierson (Hilary) (Niskayuna NY); a brother Richard Pierson (Montclair NJ) and many close friends.
Born and raised in Montclair New Jersey, he was the son of Quinton Ellsworth Pierson Sr. and Ruby (Woods) Pierson. Quinton lived in New Jersey, Indiana, Louisiana and Massachusetts before finally settling down in Niskayuna NY.
In his early years, Quinton took an interest in sports, lettering in Football, Basketball and Track and Field in High School. He also worked high rise construction through his high school and college years. In addition, he enjoyed racing cars and studying airplane design.
After graduating Montclair High School, Quinton attended Indiana Institute of Technology in Fort Wayne Indiana where he majored in Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering. At Indiana Tech, Quinton played varsity basketball, was the student body president and served as the head Residential Advisor. Upon his graduation (’74), he earned the Kekionga Feather Award which is given for outstanding service to the student body of Indiana Tech.
Upon completing his studies, he married the love of his life Sherry in April of 1975. He went on to work various technical and sales positions within General Electric for 42 years, retiring in 2018. Quinton took great pride in his work and lived by the mantra “When you treat people the way the you want to be treated, you will be shocked by what you get…that goes from the CEO to the guy who sweeps the floor.”
In addition to working at GE, Quinton continued his love of sports by coaching his children Summer and Quinton “Rich” through their formative years. His dedication to family paid off as Summer earned degrees from Stanford University (Bachelor) and Cal State Northridge (Masters). Summer earned varsity letters in both Indoor and Outdoor Track. She became a NCAA All-American and competed for Team USA in the Pan Am Games and other international meets. She also was a 3x world champion in the Highland Games. His son Quinton “Rich” graduated from Union College with a degree in Mechanical Engineering and earned varsity letters in Football and Baseball. He also competed for the school on their club rugby team.
In his later years, due to restricted mobility from earlier sports injuries, Quinton enjoyed relaxing by the pool at his Niskayuna residence, following his favorite sports teams (Mets, Jets and Knicks), completing crossword puzzles and continuing his lifelong friendships.
A private memorial will be held.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Adirondack Save a Stray
Adirondack Save a Stray
Corinth, NY 12822