Thursday, June 04, 2009

George MacPherson

Hello fellow bloggers,
Many of us lost a good and dear friend with the passing of George MacPherson on Wednesday June 3rd. It was real interesting to read his obituary being involved with the SCPA because he truly loved animals and had a ball at the Shrine Circus with us in March.

Services for George Edward MacPherson, 78, of 681 Rutledge Avenue, Orangeburg, will be held at 1:00pm on Saturday June 6th, 2009 at the Dukes Harley Funeral Home, 3379 Columbia Road, Orangeburg, followed by internment at the Memorial Park Cemetery in Orangeburg. Pastor David W. Williamson of the Clifton United Methodist Church of Sally, SC will officiate.

Pallbearers will the Board of Directors of the Sunny Plain Antique Power Association.
Mr. MacPherson was born April 28, 1931, in Elrama, PA the son of the late John Edward McPherson and Della Esther Wray McPherson.
Prior to moving to Orangeburg from New York City with his wife Judith in 2000, Mr. MacPherson was president of Masque Sound and Recording Corporation, a company that provides sound systems for the majority of Broadway Musical productions and concert attractions. He started out in life as a veterinarian in West Virginia but his love for the performing arts drew him to the Broadway scene where for many years he was a highly respected producer and general manager of Broadway and touring musical and dramatic productions. He received three Helen Hayes Awards for his productions, the National Touring Council Award for Outstanding Service and he received The Metal of Merit from Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II for his contribution to the Arts in Canada on the occasion of the 25th Anniversary of her Accession to the Throne. Mr. MacPherson also served as the personal manager to humorist Victor Borge and entertainer Harry Belafonte. He served in the U.S. Army during the Korean conflict where he was a member of the Headquarters Staff of the 8th Army on special assignment to the 5th U.S. Air Force.
Upon arriving in Orangeburg he became involved in community activities and served as president of the Kiwanis Club of Orangeburg, vice-president of the Country Club of Orangeburg and president of the Sunny Plain Antique Power Association; the not-for-profit organization located in St. Matthews dedicated to educate and encourage an interest in the history of early American farms and perpetuation of the life way of the Southern Farmer, the agricultural history of South Carolina, and to promote and encourage the preservation and restoration of antique farm equipment. He was active in and served on the board of several agricultural organizations. He was the proud owner of a restored 1948 Oliver 77 Row Crop tractor. A sign on his truck proclaims, “I ain’t from the South, but I got here just as soon as I could.”
He was active in animal rights organizations and spent countless hours driving hundreds of miles throughout the South East rescuing Boston Terrier dogs from unsafe conditions and delivering them to foster homes where they received love and medical treatment.
Survivors include his beloved wife Judith Winter MacPherson, of the home; three children, Duncan of Hartford, CT, Malcolm of Toronto, Canada, and Morag of Bloomfield, NJ; granddaughters, Annie and Emma Chrzczon of Bloomfield, NJ; a sister, Dee Deibel of San Rafael, CA; nephew Christopher Deibel (Lori) and grand niece Jenna of San Rafael, CA: nieces Deborah (John Jeffcott) of Novato, CA and Mme. Diane Breysse (Serge) of La Reunion Island (France).
Special mention must be made of his constant companion, Boston Terrier, Buddy Holly.
Visitation will be on Friday June 5th, 2009 from 5:00 to 7:00pm at Dukes Harley Funeral Home, 3379 Columbia Road, Orangeburg.
Family will receive friends at the graveside service.
Memorials may be made to Maude Schiffley Chapter of S.P.C.A., PO Box 1584, Orangeburg, SC 29116

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