Soccer meant the world to Jack Pearsall, the 16-year-old East Falmouth resident who died Monday after
"His true passion in life was soccer," said his mother, Kelly Pearsall, in an interview today. "That was all he cared about. He played it year-round, he was on many teams, he practiced incessantly at home and he had a pair of soccer cleats for every possible kind of weather—mud, rain, snow, sleet."
Pearsall's sister, Samantha, said her brother tried out for and made the high school's varsity soccer team in his sophomore year—an impressive feat for an underclassman.
Making varsity was "a big accomplishment and a goal he had wanted to achieve and did," Samantha Pearsall said.
Kelly Pearsall described her son, who would have been a junior at this fall, as "a real Cape Cod kid" who loved boating and sports. He also was a talented runner, having won the Turkey Trot race at .
"He had dimples that could melt anyone's heart," Pearsall said. "You could never be mad at him for too long, because he'd just look at you with those little dimples... he was witty and charming."
Jack and his twin brother, Charlie, were "inseparable" as kids, but as they got older, his mother said, they developed different interests. Jack was a budding entrepreneur, having operated his very own chicken farm and vegetable stand.
"He was a trickster, a prankster, and a hard worker at whatever he was doing," Pearsall said. "He carried the world on his shoulders."
A celebration of Jack’s life will take place Friday, July 15 at 5pm at , one of Jack's favorite places. All are welcome. A memorial fund has been set up through the Falmouth Soccer Club. In lieu of flowers, donations may be sent to the Jack Pearsall Memorial Fund, 26 Paddock Circle, East Falmouth, MA 02536.