Robert C. MacPherson, 90: World War II veteran, enjoyed boating and golf

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CUMBERLAND — Robert C. MacPherson, 90, of Cumberland, died peacefully Oct. 12.

He was born in White Plains, N.Y., Sept. 3, 1923, the son of Madeline MacPherson Bond. He was raised in Newton, Mass., and graduated from The Rivers School. He entered the V-12 program at Williams College, received his naval commission as a communication officer where he later graduated.

He served during WWII as a lieutenant junior grade in the Navy. He remained active with veteran organizations throughout his life, most recently serving as the finance officer for the American Legion Post No. 91 and a member of the Amvets Post No. 2, both of Yarmouth.

MacPherson lived in Hingham, Mass., for 33 years while raising his family and working at S.D. Warren Paper Co. He was an avid golfer belonging to the Cohasset Golf Club in Massachusetts and later the Val Halla Golf Club in Cumberland. He enjoyed boating in the summer and skiing in the winter with his children. He was a devoted parishioner and strong supporter of the First Parish Congregational Church in Yarmouth. He was a deacon for many years, worked at the Yarmouth Clam Festival and was fondly known as the “Head Bean” for his tireless coordination of the monthly bean suppers.

MacPherson sold graphic art supplies throughout New England. He retired in 1984, after 38 years at S.D. Warren.

He was a devoted husband.

He was predeceased by his first wife, Margaret Boynton MacPherson, in 2000, and his brother, Kenneth Paul MacPherson, earlier this year.

He is survived by his wife of 23 years, Betty; and five children, Russell MacPherson, and wife, Susie, Cora Hall, and husband, Peter, Carolyn Mulcahy, Gail Yalenezian, and husband, Al, and Janet Cosseboom, and husband, Rick.

He had 11 grandchildren and four great-granddaughters. 

Visiting hours were held Oct. 18 at the Lindquist Funeral Home, Yarmouth. The funeral service was held on Oct. 19 at First Parish Congregational Church, Yarmouth, followed by a reception in the Fellowship Hall. 

Donations in his memory can be made to First Parish Congregational Church, 116 Main St., Yarmouth, ME 04096.

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