Born In: Nova Scotia, Canada
Passed on: February 26th, 2013
NEW GLASGOW – Walter Francis MacPherson, passed away gently and peacefully on the 26th of February, 2013.
Walter was born in Yarmouth, Nova Scotia on November 24, 1916 to Harry Allan and Katherine Adelaide (D'entremont) MacPherson.
Yarmouth was where Walter spent his childhood years, and where he would later return to manage the Grand Hotel.
While in his early teens, Walter lost both parents to illness. Walter learned to be self-sufficient and hard-working, two characteristics that stayed with him for the remainder of his life. Even though he had to leave school at an early age, he had a keen interest in learning and was an avid reader.
Walter’s love for swimming and fitness began at Lake Milo in Yarmouth. He moved to competitive swimming with the Masters Swim program in Yarmouth and later New Glasgow. He competed at the provincial, national and world levels. Ten Nova Scotia Provincial Masters records still stand with Walters’s name, and on Aug. 5, 2006, Walter was inducted into the Pictou County Sports Heritage Hall of Fame.
Walter’s 50 year hotel career began at the Lakeside and Cornwallis Inns. It was at the Norfolk Hotel in New Glasgow where a pretty waitress named Mary would catch his eye, and become his true love for over 60 years. New Glasgow, Nova Scotia was where Walter and Mary would begin a family and where they would later retire.
During WWII, while stationed in England he advanced to the rank of Sergeant while with the Canadian Army. Walter was a member of the Gyro Service Club and Pictou County YMCA. Walter was a parishioner at St. John the Baptist Church and a former Eucharistic Minister.
Surviving are his wife, Mary Margaret (MacIsaac); sons: Alan Thomas MacPherson, Keswick, ON; Gregory Paul MacPherson, Stittsville, ON; Robert Douglas MacPherson, New Glasgow, NS; grandchildren, Chloe and Alec; nieces, Alice and Coleen; nephews, Clark and Chris.
Besides his parents, he was predeceased by his sisters: Mildred, Irma and Alice.
The family will receive visitors from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. Friday in the R.H. Porter Funeral Home, New Glasgow. Funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday in St. John the Baptist Roman Catholic Church, New Glasgow, with Father Donald Boudreau officiating. Burial will be held at Holy Cross Cemetery at a later date.
Donations in his memory may be made to the Aberdeen Palliative Care Society or charity of your choice.
Condolences may be sent by visiting: www.rhporter.ca