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Kenneth P. MacPherson Obituary
Kenneth Paul MacPherson, 88, of Singer Island, Fla., and Walpole, died Sunday, Jan. 27, 2013. Beloved husband of 65 years of the late Irene Abby A. MacPherson, he was the loving and adored father to four children and their families, Laurie and Bruce Chalmers and their children, Anne Irene, James and Thomas; Bruce and Janet MacPherson and their children, David, Brian, and Amanda; Douglas and Sharon MacPherson and their children, Heather, Douglas, and Abbott; Jean Muir and her children, Carrie, Christie, and Kenneth Paul. He is also survived by four great-grandchildren, Madeleine, Cora, and Lillian Fleming, children of Anne Irene and Keith Fleming, and Brady Chalmers, son of James and Katie Chalmers. Kens brother, Robert C. MacPherson, and his wife, Betty, live in Cumberland, Maine. Ken said, Our number one interest is being, enjoying and helping with our children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Ken was born in White Plains, N.Y., graduated from The Rivers School in Weston in 1942 and Harvard College in 1946. During WW II, Ken served three years with the 10th Mountain Division and was a platoon sergeant. He was decorated with two Bronze stars, the Combat Infantrymans medal, and was a veteran of the Italian Campaign for which he received three battle stars. He was proud of his service to his country, and was active in 10th Mountain Division Organizations in both New England and Florida. He was a manager with New England Telephone Company, a vice president for sales at Homer Alden Co. and then was the owner/operator of the Colpitts Travel Agency in Wellesley. He and Abby raised their family in Westwood and retired to Florida in 1977, spending summers in Walpole and Bridgton, Maine. Ken was a true Renaissance man whose enthusiasm, curiosity, knowledge and accomplishments spanned many fields. He was a scholar who quoted vast passages of poetry from memory, especially T.S. Eliot. He loved literature, the theater, music, and dance, and was a ballroom dancer with his Abby, and was a photographer, golfer, swimmer and scuba diver. He was a self-taught woodworker who built furniture and framed, with love, Abbys paintings. He was a Vestryman and Senior Warden of St. Johns Episcopal Church in Westwood, a trustee of the Westwood Public Library, a Great Books Leader, and a vice president of the Singer Island Civic Association. Ken was very active in the Palm Beach Power Squadron where he was a commander. He was president of The Rivers School Board of Trustees, and was honored to be named a Life Trustee. He and Abby traveled extensively, including visits to their five foster children in Nepal. He was a member of the Harvard Club of the Palm Beaches, Ballen Isles Country Club and The Beach Club in Palm Beach, Fla., Woodland Golf Club in Newton, and Bridgton Highlands Golf Club in Bridgton, Maine. He was a member of Bethesda-by-the-Sea Episcopal Church in Palm Beach. A memorial service will be celebrated Saturday, Feb. 9, at 11 a.m., at St. Johns Episcopal Church, 97 Deerfield Ave., Westwood. Interment is private. Donations may be made in Kens name to the Palm Beach Power Squadron, 1125 Old Dixie Hwy, Lake Park, FL 33403. Holden-Dunn-Lawler (www.hdlfuneralhome.net), handled arrangements.

Published in Walpole Times from Feb. 3 to Feb. 10, 2013
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