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June 24, 2019

Brian W. McPherson

Brian McPherson—son and father, player and coach, Master Plumber and Town Inspector, Kate’s husband of 43 years, son of William and Alma, a man of many hats—passed away this Monday, the 24th of June, 2019. He lived deeply and fully for 65 years—and left us peacefully to go to his rest.

Brian is survived by the family he grew and the friends he made. His wife, Kate. His daughters: Kelly Achille, Kristen Emerson, and Kasey Heath. His sons: Will McPherson and Kevin McPherson. His grandkids: Ryan, Tony, and Breece Achille; Allie Emerson; and Hunter, Austin, and Paisley Heath. His friends, too numerous to name, stretching across the country. We miss him dearly.

Though born in Lowell, Brian was a son of Hingham. He grew up here, and graduated Hingham High School in 1973. Brian followed in his father’s footsteps—and, when it was time—took over McPherson and Sons’Plumbing and Heating, to run the company his father started. He coached Hingham Youth Hockey any chance he got and served as a Commissioner for the Hingham Recreation Department. Brian not only inherited his father’s company; he inherited his father’s badge as a town plumbing and heating inspector—a job he worked till the day he left us.

Brian loved nothing more than to spend time with his family, whether at the hockey rink, the backyard for a barbeque with, of course, Jimmy Buffet playing in the background, or at the Fourth of July Parade along Main and North Street. He would drive night and day to take his family to Disney World, and just being there with them put a smile on his face.

Brian lived to walk his three daughters down the aisle, handing Kelly off to Robert, Kristen off to Tom, and Kasey off to Matt. He lived to see Will become a Marine, and he lived to see Kevin earn his Master’sdegree and begin a teaching career. Brian was there for the birth of seven grandchildren, all whom will remember him.

Brian would not want us to cry, though we will. He would want us to smile and remember him fondly. So, please, join his family and friends on Sunday, June 30th, from 2-6 p.m. to pay respects to Brian, at PyneKeohane Funeral Home, 21 Emerald St. (off Central St.), Hingham, MA 02043. And then join us on Monday, July 1st, beginning at 9 a.m. at the funeral home prior to the Mass to honor his life one last time, at 10 a.m. in St. Paul’s Church, 147 North St., Hingham, MA, 02043, burial to follow at St. Paul’s Cemetery in Hingham.

In lieu of flowers or gifts, Brian would like to know that kids are on the ice and playing the sport he loved, so please send any well wishes in Brian’s memory to Hockey Fights Cancer, P.O. Box 5037, New York, NY 10185-5037, or visit

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