MacPherson, James Matthew

James MacPherson

July 27, 1952 – January 29, 2014

“The Boss and Legend in His Own Mind”

It is with great sadness we announce that after a short battle with cancer, James Matthew MacPherson passed away peacefully at Credit Valley Hospital on January 29, 2014 at 2:55pm at the age of 61. He leaves behind his  Life Partner, Carolyn, Daughters Ceilidh, Sarah Elizabeth and their Mother Cathie, Son in Law Kyle, his three Grandchildren, Oliver, Iris and Duncan, Sisters Annie and Mary Dee, and Brothers Murray, John and Wally. He was a man with a bright spirt and left us all with memories of his great smile and laughter. He was too young to leave us and will be remembered by countless friends and loved ones whose heart he touched with his amazing ability to be the eternal optimist. Cremation has taken place.  A celebration of James’s life will be held on , Friday February 7, 2014  Gathering from at 1 p.m. and service at 2 pm., at St. Johns Dixie Cemetery and Visitation Centre, 737 Dundas St. E., (Dundas & Cawthra), in Mississauga. In lieu of flowers, if desired memorial donations may be made to the Canadian Cancer Society or The Hospital for Sick Children.

23 replies
  1. Cory Horowitz
    Cory Horowitz says:

    Dear Carolyn; and Ceilidh, Sarah Elizabeth and family; and Cathy; and the whole MacPherson clan of Annie, Mary Dee, Murray, John and Wally,
    I think of James with such fondness and warmth. He could always make me laugh. He was a kind and generous spirit, and an old friend. I was shocked and saddened to hear of his passing. My deepest condolences to you all, and all his loved ones. Rest In Peace James – we will miss sharing the earth with you.

  2. Jessica Chandler
    Jessica Chandler says:

    James was truly an amazing soul full of life, love, and true happiness we leaves behind a wonderful family including two beautiful strong and amazing daughters. See you on the other side buddy!
    Love you always xo

  3. Gordon Taylor
    Gordon Taylor says:

    Sorry to have learned of James passing, I knew James from Chomedey many years ago and last saw him at one of the reunions, he still had that great smile and positive personality. The world is a little bit lesser today but I will always remember James from those days gone by, Gord Taylor

  4. Kathy and Tim Harrod
    Kathy and Tim Harrod says:

    Dear Carolyn we are very sorry for the loss of your James, we were both shocked and saddened by what seemed to be such sudden news. If we can do anything for you and your families please let us know. Big hugs, Kathy & Tim .

  5. Brendan Pyett
    Brendan Pyett says:

    Carolyn -our sincere condolences to you and your family. James was a warm and hospitable person who loved having his friends around him enjoying good conversation. We will all miss him.
    Brendan and Anne

  6. Rob
    Rob says:

    James oftentimes said to me, ” none of us get out of here alive.”
    James comprehended the miracle of being born, living, and passing on.
    James lived his life with a philosophy of CARPE DIEM and LIVE IN THE NOW.
    Well done.
    I extend my condolences and sympathies to all who are suffering the pain of missing James, and we all know that there are many of us.

  7. Glen Lane
    Glen Lane says:

    Carolyn, I am so sorry to hear of your loss. I only met James once but he was one of
    those kind of people you liked immediately. And judging from the outpouring of sympathy
    in the messages posted here he truly had the respect of many people. Mind you he had
    some clear advantages: a Scottish background and being a Maritimer!

    My heartfelt sympathies to you Carolyn, and also to his family and friends.

  8. Ceilidh MacPherson
    Ceilidh MacPherson says:

    Thank you to everyone for their kind words and fun memories. He was a wonderful man and I can’t believe he is gone. He will be sorrowly missed. I hope we meet again one day.

  9. Suzy Margetic
    Suzy Margetic says:

    Although I did not see you often everytime I did you always had something nice to say. Your boisterous laugh filled the room. You were a kind and thoughtful man and were taken way too soon, but I am sure you will fit in perfectly with the angels, making them smile the same way you did with family and friends while you where here.

  10. Sandra Gibson (Sam)
    Sandra Gibson (Sam) says:

    So hard to believe that James is gone…..For some form of comfort, I travelled down memory-lane with Cathy, and all those fun times and laughs all those years ago, inwhich James was always at the heart of it, with that great smile/grin and hearty laugh of his. Unfortunately I have not seen James for a while now, but one thing is very clear, I have not forgotten him and never will. I wish that I could have enjoyed sharing one more laugh and moment with him, the way he always made you feel happy, and that the world was not such a bad place, when you were in his company…

    My very deepest sympathies to Cathy, Ceilidh, Beth, Carolyn and Family, for your very sad loss.


  11. Louise Colby
    Louise Colby says:

    “The tide recedes but leaves behind
    bright seashells on the sand.
    The sun goes down, but gentle
    warmth still lingers on the land.
    The music stops, and yet it echoes
    on in sweet refrains…..
    For every joy that passes,
    something beautiful remains.”

    James will always be here

  12. Nancy Arseneault MacDonald & family
    Nancy Arseneault MacDonald & family says:

    Dear Cousin Traditional Scottish Blessing

    “May the long time sun shine upon you
    All love surround you
    And the pure light within you
    Guide your way on”

  13. Nancy Arseneault MacDonald & family
    Nancy Arseneault MacDonald & family says:

    Dear Cousin …Scottish Blessing

    May the long time sun shine upon you
    All love surround you
    And the pure light within you
    Guide your way on

  14. wayne collins
    wayne collins says:

    James will be missed by many people, especially his family. James was a fun loving person who enjoyed everyone’s company. We had our conversations when we got together at family due. The most affecting thing he said to me was about a week before his passing. He said “Wayne I’m really #&%@+* up. I will remember those words because it was the last conversation we had and it heartbreaking.

  15. Muriel Hutchinson
    Muriel Hutchinson says:

    It was a shock to learn about James passing, so quickly. He will live on in my memories as the kind gentle soul that he was. His enormous generosity, and special kindness, his wonderful humour, and monster capacity to treat people fair and make them feel loved and cared for. He lived his life with such dignity and compassion for people, friends and family meant the world to him. If you were lucky enough to experience his ability to take you in and help you get on your feet. He was the kind of man that picked you up and carried you when life’s burdens got you. He will be so sadly missed but will be remembered forever for the big man that he was. His ready smile and laugh is etched in my mind. God blessed you James.

  16. Jason Trudeau
    Jason Trudeau says:

    Some of my fondest memories as a child were with my Dad, James and my uncle Doug along the shores of Georgian Bay. He had a way to make All those around him laugh. I know the pain that those close to him feel and my thoughts and love are with you. I know that you are rejoined with some wonderful friends and loving family. Rest in peace.

  17. Margo Charchuk
    Margo Charchuk says:

    Dear Cathie, Ceilidh, Sarah, Wayne and family,
    Our hearts are breaking with yours. We are with you in spirit and our arms are hugging all of you.
    Hold on to your memories of James and smile when you think of his chuckle.
    Please take good care of each other.
    Love, The Charchuk family. xo

  18. Hayley Mather
    Hayley Mather says:

    Sarah & Family,

    My heart aches for you all. I have been lucky enough to had spent some time with your Dad within the year, discussing how we have all grown up so quickly and how happy and proud he was of you, Sarah. I’ll always remember his jokes (which he always laughed at the hardest LOL) and how loving and warm he was to everyone and anyone.

    I don’t know how you feel, but I am here to help in anyway I can.
    Hayley & Candise Mather

  19. Cathie Macpherson
    Cathie Macpherson says:

    To my dear friend and ex husband who touched so many lives with your generous love, friendship, laughter and never ending smile. Your time with us has passed way too soon. You will be hugely missed by all who were lucky enough to know you and call you friend. That circle was never ending. Until we meet again, love to you always.


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