Pauline Macpherson – obituary

Macpherson

Mary Pauline Macpherson, Passed away peacefully and comfortably after a short illness on December 17th 2015 at the age of 92. Born in 1923 in St. Thomas Ont. to Irene and Stirling Richardson she graduated from the University of Western Ontario in 1943. After a short spell working for British Airways in Baltimore she married the boy down the street, by then a Spitfire pilot, Bruce Macpherson in 1944. Bruce predeceased her in 2008, after they had spent 63 happy and active years together. Most of her adult life was spent in Toronto where she and Bruce raised their children with love and great patience, Michael (Jean) Sandy (John) Elizabeth (Lars) and Arnold (Karin). After their children left home Pauline worked with Bruce at his medical practice in Weston Ontario, until they both retired in 2000.

Besides her children she is remembered with love and great affection by her grandchildren, Andrew (Beth), Matthew, Dan, Eric, Harry, Robert, Louisa, and her great grandchildren, Emily, Macgregor, and Sterling. Pauline will also be missed by her Richardson nieces and nephews, and cousins and relatives from the Belbeck, Crawford, Hill, Fleming, and Macdonald/Morris families.

Pauline was a gentle soul with a wonderfully positive outlook. She chuckled often and every day about events both large and quotidian, and we were made wise by her steady and unperturbed attitude, her generosity, and her hearty appetite. She preferred an active and pleasant social life and was always on the lookout for new things to do. Although troubled by memory loss in her last few years, she made the best of it, making crossword puzzles a pastime, and she taught us by her handling of that bane of old age, how one might manage to remain classy, graceful, cheerful, and dignified.

After Bruce passed away Pauline received much love and support in Almonte, where they had relocated. She had close ties with her family, her community of friends and neighbours, and especially Judi Lee, who became Pauline’s close friend and caregiver. Our family gratefully thanks Judi, the excellent palliative caregivers from the CCAC and the Hub Hospice, and everyone who was kind and generous to Pauline over the years, and especially during her last years at Millfall in Almonte.

Funeral Arrangements Entrusted Into The Care Of

R. Gamble Funeral Home & Chapel Inc.

(127 Church St., Almonte, ON., 613-256-3313)

Condolences & Tributes: www.crgamble.com