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MacGregor Fiske MacGregor Fiske NEWTON/BROOKLINE MacGregor Fiske, 75, formerly of Newton and Brookline, died Wednesday, November 11, 2009, at Massachusetts General Hospital, Boston, with his family at his side after suffering a heart attack Monday, at his home in Rochester, MA. He was the husband of Mary McCann Fiske. He was born on April 18, 1934, in Newton, Mass. the only child of the late Richard E. and Jean MacGregor Fiske. Mr. Fiske was a fourth-generation newspaperman in his family, following the careers of his father, grandfather and great-grandfather who were employed by the Associated Press, The New York Times and The Boston Globe, among other newspapers. After graduating high school in Newton, Mass. in 1952, he became a Merchant Mariner and sailed through the Panama Canal on the SS President Polk. In early 1953 he enlisted in the U.S. Army and served in Korea. Upon his discharge, he returned home and attended Northeastern University, where he picked up in sports as he had left high school, as a pitcher on the universitys baseball team. After a few semesters, he became a Boston Harbor Pilots apprentice, serving as a crewman on the pilots 137-foot wood schooner. Mr. Fiske left the Harbor Pilots to become sportswriter at the Framingham News and later became sports editor at the newspaper and news editor at its successor, the South Middlesex News. In 1975, he was employed by the Providence Journal Co., where he worked on the main copy desk of the former Evening Bulletin until he retired in 1996. He continued to work part-time as a copy editor at The Metro West Daily News in Massachusetts, until last year. Besides his wife of 22 years, he leaves a son, Richard, daughters Lauren, Jean and Charlene, a stepson, Jules McCann, six grandchildren, two great-grandchildren, his former wife, Joan Fitzgerald, and many loving relatives and friends.

Published in The Brookline Tab from Dec. 8 to Dec. 15, 2009
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