Whitney Pier
Vince MacPherson, age 79, died on Thursday, Sept. 29, 2016 at the An Cala palliative care unit, Cape Breton Regional Hospital, Sydney.

Vince was the husband of 54 years to Shirley and son of the late Joe and Myrtle MacPherson.

Vince grew up in River Ryan and like so many others moved to Ontario to seek employment.  After retirement, he made his way back to Cape Breton. Vince most recent residence was in Sydney, where he had an ocean view.

A private fellow, Vince was known for his musical gifts, particularly the ability to play guitar. He was an exceptional handyman and any project he set out on was done well. Vince was devoted to his canine buddies, Gizmo and the last dog, Bailey.

Vince is survived by his wife, Shirley; sisters, Thresa, Carmel, Chris and Lorraine; as well as Shirley’s sisters, Jean and Wilda. He is also survived by many nieces and nephews locally and in N.B. and Ont.; his cancer journey dear friend, Pidge, who accompanied him to local medical appointments; niece, Brenda, who also accompanied him when she was in Cape Breton and his nephew, Jaimsie and sister, Lorraine, who helped with the medical trips to Halifax, as only Shirley, his wife, could be trusted with the care of Bailey, his dog who was not well either.

Besides his parents, Vince was predeceased by his best friend and brother, Joe D. and sister, Rita.

As per Vince’s request there will be no visitation for cremation has taken place. Memorial graveside service to celebrate the life of Vincent ‘Vince’ MacPherson will be held on Monday, Oct. 3, 2016, at 3:30 p.m. in St. Michael’s Cemetery, River Ryan, with Deacon Leo Penny officiating.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donation in memory of Vince may be made to the SPCA or Hospice Palliative Care Society of Cape Breton County.

Funeral arrangements are entrusted to the care and direction of Pier Community Funeral Home.

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I will always cherish fond childhood memories of my Uncle for his humor, warmth, and especially listening to him play the guitar. Thoughts are with you Aunt Shirley and family.
From:  Holly

Aunt Shirley, we are sending condolences and prayers to you on the passing of uncle vince. My earliest memories of uncle vince are when I was around 5 years old and living in Kentville. I remember him coming for a visit and I was fascinated that he played guitar. I am happy you were able to come back to Cape Breton after retirement. His many visits to mom always made her happy. I will remember his smile and little chuckle. Praying you get the strength to make it through this very difficult time. Hugs!
From:  Linda, Archie & girls

Aunt Shirley, We are sorry for your loss and hope and pray that you will be fine. Uncle Vince was a great guy, who always had a twinkle in his Eye…I want to thank you for looking after our Boy Bailey, who had it made with you and Uncle Vince. They are probably both cuddled up together in heaven just hanging around. Love always Frank, Kim, Maddy & JJ.