Winchester Press – obit – Gerry McPherson
Gerry McPherson, a resident of Williamsburgfor the past 30 years, passed away suddenly at home on Jan. 16,2007. He was 83.
He was born in Williamsburg on Dec. 13, 1923 to his parents Lorneand Ethel McPherson (nee Merkley). He was raised on a dairy farmin Williamsburg. In 1942, he enlisted in the Royal Canadian AirForce and gave 30 months active service as a wireless operator.After the Second World War, he attended MacDonald College in St.Anne-de-Bellevue and earned a Bachelor of Science in Agriculture.
He married Lois Munro on May 24, 1951 at Winchester Springs PresbyterianChurch. They were blessed with two children, Nancy and Paul. Gerryhad a 30 – year career as a district manager for Massey Ferguson.His job required moves to several Ontario locations – Kingston,Napanee, Grimsby, Brampton, and Chatham. In 1977 Lois and Gerryreturned to their roots in Dundas County where they built a homeon the original McPherson family farm in Williamsburg. In July1982, he started a second career as an interpreter at Upper CanadaVillage that continued for the next six years.
Active in the community, he was a member of Williamsburg UnitedChurch and Williamsburg Legion Branch #538 of the Royal CanadianLegion for many years. In addition, he was a volunteer at theJ.W. MacIntosh Senior Support Centre in Williamsburg.
He was predeceased by his wife Lois in 2004. He is survived byhis children Nancy (Clark) Stewardson of Hamilton, and Paul (Pat)McPherson of Lindsay; his grandchildren Lindy and Kayleen Stewardson,Stephanie and Mark McPherson; his sister-in-law Marjorie McPhersonof Mount Forest; and his nieces Martha Murphy of London and JanetMcGhee of Guelph. He was predeceased by his brother Dr. Robert”Hugh” McPherson.
Friends called at the Marsden and McLaughlin Funeral Home in Williamsburg,on Jan. 18. The funeral service was held at the funeral home onJan. 19 with Rev. Doug Carnegie officiating, followed by intermentat Maple Ridge Cemetery in Chesterville. The pallbearers wereMark McPherson, Gordon Garlough, Bruce Garlough, Hugh Garlough,Dr. Don McGhee, and John Dalrymple. The honourary pallbearerswere his granddaughters Lindy, Kayleen, and Stephanie.
Donations to Williamsburg United Church or the J.W. MacIntoshSenior Support Centre would be appreciated by the family.