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John "Jack" MacPherson

March 15, 2024


MacPHERSON, John Wayne “Jack” – Passed away unexpectedly at the Louise Marshall Hospital on Friday, March 15, 2024 in his 86th year. Predeceased by his beloved wife, Elizabeth “Beth” (Burkholder) MacPherson (2015). Loved father of Gordon MacPherson and his wife Marina of Brampton, and Andrew MacPherson and his wife Ann of Normanby Township. Dear grandfather of Shaelen, Ainsley, Emma and Megan. Predeceased by his grandson, Owen and his sister Maris Anderson.  

A Celebration of Jack’s Life will be held at the England Funeral Home, 294 Main Street South, Mount Forest, on Saturday, May 4, 2024 at 11:00 a.m., with visitation from 10:00-10:45 a.m. Refreshments will follow. Interment at Trinity Lutheran Cemetery, Ayton. Those wishing to make a donation in memory of Jack are asked to consider the Louise Marshall Hospital Foundation. Donations and online condolences may be made at www.englandfuneralhome.com


I would like to offer my condolences to all of the MacPherson family on Jack’s recent passing. I knew Jack and worked with him for many of the 35 years that I was employed by the Ausable Bayfield Conservation Authority (ABCA). Jack was extremely knowledgeable and always willing to help or contribute to many of the water resources projects of the ABCA and other southwestern Ontario Conservation Authorities.
I will always have good memories of working with Jack and trust that the family will always hold their own fond memories of your time together.

— Alec Scott, March 26, 2024

To the MacPherson family, please accept our sincerest condolences from the Ausable Bayfield Conservation Authority. Jack had provided his expertise for decades to Ausable Bayfield, and was instrumental in the development of the flood forecasting and warning network in our watershed, and others. He will be remembered for his dedication, expertise, and above all, his character.

Sincerely, Davin Heinbuck and staff at ABCA.

— Davin Heinbuck, March 22, 2024

Our condolences to the MacPherson family. Jack worked with MVCA for many years. He was a great mentor and teacher to the staff at MVCA over the years. In 2003 Jack received a Conservation Pioneer Award from Conservation Ontario for his contributions to the field of hydrology and flood forecast over a 40 year period.



Phil Beard General Manager and the staff/Members of MVCA

— Phil Beard, March 19, 2024

Dear family. Deepest condolences from all the staff of BMROSS on the passing away of your father and grandfather, Jack. Its been just over 23 years since Jack retired from BMROSS, put on his hat and "gone fishing" as your memory picture shows, after a very successful career in hydrology with the conservation authority and with us. Jack was an instrumental part of BMROSS, managing our Mount Forest office for many years and equipping us with a knowledge and skills of stormwater management, flood forecasting, and other hydrology related work on top of the daily municipal infrastructure projects he managed. His employment at BMROSS indeed continues to help us to be "engineering better communities". The legacy of your father/grandfather will be remembered. He was always quick to smile and laugh, and we will have fond memories of him.
Sincerely, Frank & all the staff at BMROSS

— BMROSS, March 18, 2024

Dear Gordon, Marina, Andrew, Ann, and family, Our deepest sympathy on the passing of your dad. He was a very nice and helpful man. He was a big help with his SVCA experience in trying to get zoning approval to build the clinic; he knew perfectly which bureaucrats to cry to and which ones to get angry at in order to get approvals moving. I am sure that we express the condolences as well of your old neighbours and fellow parishioners in the Knox Normanby community. Kent and Lori Charlton

— Kent Charlton, March 18, 2024

I was sad to here of Jack's passing but glad I had a chance to visit with him earlier this month. Working with Jack when he was at BM Ross and enjoying his friendship after he retired are the fond memories I have. Wishing the family well and how fortunate we are that Jack will be with all of use through our memories.

— Gary Williamson, March 18, 2024


Julie and I were saddened to hear about your dad passing and we are sorry for your loss. Although I only met your dad a couple of times, I enjoyed chatting with him, hearing his stories and having a few laughs. Our thoughts are with you and your family in this difficult time.

— Troy and Julie Forsythe, March 16, 2024

Sorry Drew for the loss of your Dad. We always enjoyed chatting with your Dad. The picture looks like it is from Lake Bernard.

— Paul and Mary Dowling, March 16, 2024

Contact Info

294 Main Street South
P.O. Box 38, Mount Forest
Ontario, Canada N0G 2L0
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