MacPHER­SON, Mal­colm Lawrence ‘Larry’

Cape Breton Post - - Obituaries/Advice/Games -

Sur­rounded by his fam­ily, Mal­colm Lawrence “Larry” MacPher­son died peace­fully at home in Ben Eoin, N.S., on Sept. 15, 2017, af­ter a short bat­tle with lung can­cer.

He was pre-de­ceased by his beloved wife, Barbara “Barb” Jean MacPher­son (nee Ken­ney), who died ear­lier this year. Larry was lost with­out Barb af­ter build­ing a won­der­ful life to­gether, full of shared ac­com­plish­ments.

Among them were Larry’s ground-break­ing ten­ure in the ad­min­is­tra­tion of Hol­land Col­lege in Char­lot­te­town; his stint as P.E.I.’s deputy min­is­ter of tourism, man­age­ment of Labrador Col­lege in Happy Val­ley-Goose Bay, pe­ri­ods man­ag­ing Tourism Cape Bre­ton and the Syd­ney air­port, and most re­cently as the founders and pro­pri­etors of the Birches at Ben Eoin.

Larry and Barb are now re­united af­ter months apart, no longer man­ag­ing an inn, but rather en­joy­ing their eter­nal stay as guests in the King­dom of God.

Larry’s life was a full one that took him all over the con­ti­nent in a myr­iad of pro­fes­sions, but to him, his great­est ac­com­plish­ments and sources of pride were his marriage and his fam­ily.

Larry is sur­vived by his sons, Don­ald (Emily Bell), of Fred­er­ic­ton, N.B., Derek (Alexan­dra), of Barrie, Ont.; Darcy of Win­nipeg, MB. and De­van (Ken­dra), of Leth­bridge, Alta.

As per Larry’s wishes, each of the boys has shared a thought about their par­ents here:

Don­ald: “They set a shin­ing ex­am­ple of part­ner­ship and par­ent­hood.”

Derek: “They showed me what it is to be strong, that com­ing out of one’s self is to care.”

Darcy: “To­gether they pushed me as close as pos­si­ble to my po­ten­tial.”

De­van: “They re­minded us that life is a team sport and that fam­ily is the ul­ti­mate team”.

Larry’s devo­tion to his fam­ily yielded the re­ward of grand­par­ent­hood. His grand­son, Cal­lum, 7, of Fred­er­ic­ton; and grand­daugh­ter, Ryan, 1, of Barrie, were the lights of his life in his golden years.

Larry is also sur­vived his broth­ers, Kevin (Shirley), Fulton (Ruth) and Charles; his sis­ters, Pauline Mesher (Robert) and Carmelina Mac P her son Bo urn er( Richard ). He was pre­de­ceased by his par­ents, Daniel and Ju­lia; his broth­ers, Wal­ter, Daniel, Don­ald, Ian and Paul; and sis­ter, Eu­lene.

Larry started out work­ing in the coal mines in his home­town of New Water­ford, N.S., be­fore trav­el­ling to the U.S. in his 18th year for work. Af­ter sur­viv­ing a tun­nel col­lapse and re­cov­er­ing from a bro­ken back near Bos­ton, he re­turned to Canada. He met Barb in B.C. when they were both teach­ing in the late 1960s, and af­ter they mar­ried, he even­tu­ally re­turned to school to be­come a so­cial worker.

For­tunes took the cou­ple to P.E.I., where Larry even­tu­ally shifted into a ca­reer in public ad­min­is­tra­tion, sup­ported by Barb at ev­ery step. They built a life and raised a fam­ily in Char­lot­te­town be­fore set­ting off on new ad­ven­tures and chal­lenges af­ter his first re­tire­ment and af­ter the boys were through their un­der­grad­u­ate ed­u­ca­tion.

Visi­ta­tion will take place at Chant’s Funeral Home in Syd­ney, N.S., on Mon­day from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m.

Funeral ser­vice will be held at St. Mary’s Church in East Bay, N.S., on Tues­day at 11 a.m.

In lieu of flow­ers, dona­tions can be made to St. Mary’s Parish.

HIs sons en­deav­our to hon­our Larry by be­ing ded­i­cated pro­fes­sion­als, de­cent men, and de­voted part­ners and par­ents: They’ll also likely keep his spirit alive by retelling his many fa­vorite though corny jokes. We close with the most fit­ting of those jokes.

What did one cas­ket say to the other cas­ket? “Is that you coffin?”

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